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61* (2001)

TV Movie  |  TV-MA  |   |  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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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 <>

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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 »


During a scene set during the 1961 baseball season, stock footage shows a Broadway movie theater playing Mutiny on the Bounty - not released until late 1962. See more »


Artie Green: [after Artie publishes a story incriminating Roger, and Roger hits a home run with the Yankee Stadium crowd booing him] Can you believe this? They're booing him in his own ballpark
Milt Kahn: [Sarcastically] Yeah, and I wonder why, Artie?
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The first set of credits lists Dominic Lombardozi; the second, Domenick Lombardozzi. See more »


Written by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross
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This is a great film even for the non baseball fan
2 January 2006 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

Even for the only occasional baseball fan in Europe (i.e. myself) this film gives you excitement about the game the game of baseball, feeling for some of its greatest stars and hits home just how big the sport is across the pond. And it really brings home how much director/producer Billy Crystal loves the game.

The strength, however, really rest in the performance of Billy Pepper and Thomas Jane who portray the friendship, rivalry and respect between two great players.

I was glued to the screen from moment one would suggest that this is one of the strongest sports films ever made.

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