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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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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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Billy Crystal cast Barry Pepper for the movie after seeing him in Saving Private Ryan (1998) and noting the actor's uncanny resemblance to Roger Maris. See more »

Goofs

The broadcast of the opening day game describes the Twins pitcher as "Pascual" - a reference to longtime pitcher Camilo Pascual. He did not pitch that day - Pedro Ramos pitched a complete game for the Twins. See more »

Quotes

[on Maris's failure to hit 61 homers in 154 games]
Milt Kahn: He had a great season.
Artie Green: Aaah, the pressure got to him.
Milt Kahn: You ever play baseball, Artie?
Artie Green: No. Not really.
Milt Kahn: That's what I thought.
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After the first set of credits, a father tells his son "That's Mickey Mantle and that's a homerun". The film is then dedicated to director Billy Crystal's father who introduced him to baseball as a child. See more »


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I Count The Tears
Written by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman
Performed by The Drifters
Produced under license from Atlantic Recording Corp.
Produced by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Incredible baseball movie
2 June 2002 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

I could spend hours trying to come up with the perfect words to describe "61*" Simply put, its one of the best baseball movies I have ever seen. Barry Pepper and Thomas Jane ARE Maris and Mantle. Billy Crystal did an exceptional job directing this picture. The acting is excellent. A great part of the movie is seeing all the old ballparks that have been refaced and digitally made to look like the parks did in 1961. Turning Tiger Stadium into Yankee Stadium is quite a feat! I would recommend this movie to the die-hards, the casuals, and those who don't know anything about baseball. Billy Crystal -- Thank you for another great movie!


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