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61* (2001)

TV Movie  -   -  Biography | Drama | History  -  28 April 2001 (USA)
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Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle race to break Babe Ruth's single-season home run record.

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A young baseball player in the 1940s struggles to make it in the major leagues.

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Summer, 1961: Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle are on pace to break the most hallowed record in U.S. sports, Babe Ruth's single-season 60 home runs. It's a big story, and the intense, plain-spoken Maris is the bad guy: sports writers bait him and minimize his talent, fans cheer Mantle, the league's golden boy, and baseball's commissioner announces that Ruth's record stands unless it's broken within 154 games. Any record set after 154 games of the new 162-game schedule will have an asterisk. The film follows the boys of summer, on and off the field: their friendship, the stresses on Maris, his frustration with the negative attention, and his desire to play well, win, and go home. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris. Why did America have room in its heart for only one hero?


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Jerry Coleman says his trademark "Oh Doctor!" during an audio cameo in this film credited as "Angels announcer". See more »

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One of the home runs against the White Sox shows the White Sox right fielder wearing #1, but #1 was worn by center fielder Jim Landis. See more »

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Mickey Mantle: [Roger's wife and daughter come to opening day to see him receive his MVP award from last season] Kids up to see the pop get his big award?
Roger Maris: Yeah just Pat and Suzan. The other ones are too little, they're back in Missouri
Mickey Mantle: Uh Huh.
Roger Maris: They came up for opening day and then back tomorrow. Is Merlyn here?
Mickey Mantle: Nah, she's back in Dallas with the boys. She don't like it too much up here.
Artie Green: Who doesn't like it up here?
Mickey Mantle: [Jokingly hitting Artie in the groin with his bat] Your wife, Artie. She likes it down there, you...
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Powerful as back-to-back out of the park homers.
2 May 2001 | by (Muskogee OK) – See all my reviews

This is a wonderful piece of work from director and executive producer Billy Crystal. A powerful and personal story of the little known amiable relationship between Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle during that dramatic home run race of 1961. The two sluggers were always pictured as being bitter rivals. This is a whole different tale.

Mantle(Thomas Jane)being the Yankees 'golden boy' and Maris(Barry Pepper)the ridiculed interloper learned to coexist and become the M & M Boys. Mantle being jaded by the press offered his best advice to the often stoic and sullen Maris on matters of surviving publicity. Most of the home run chase was like a masterpiece on canvas. Maris never seemed to get the respect he deserved, but his fortitude garnered him a place in baseball history. 61* would of course become 61 and then later shattered and surpassed by another home run chase.

This movie deserves being ranked among the elite of sports movies and one of the best baseball flicks ever. Pepper is outstanding as Maris. Jane takes a little warming up to as the Mick. A very talented supporting cast includes: Richard Masur, Bruce McGill & Christopher Bauer. Plus most impressive is Billy Crystal's daughter, Jennifer, playing Pat Maris.

This is a must see for every sports fan!


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