Monday Night Mayhem (2002)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama, Sport  |  14 January 2002 (USA)
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How ABC's Monday Night Football, a live broadcast of the National Football League, came to be.


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Emmy Cosell
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How ABC's Monday Night Football, a live broadcast of the National Football League, came to be.

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Gifford. Cosell. Meredith. There was more action in the booth than there was on the field.


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Did You Know?


One scene shows Dallas Cowboy running-back, Tony Dorsett, as he broke the 97-yard record of a touchdown rush, on a single play set by Green Bay Packer, Andy Uram, on Sunday, October 8th, 1939, against Chicago Cardinals, (they are now Arizona Cardinals), and tied by Pittsburgh Steeler, Bob Gage, on Sunday, December 4th, 1949, against Chicago Bears. Tony Dorsett broke the 97-yard record, with a 99-yard touchdown rush, against the Minnesota Vikings, on Monday, January 3rd, 1983. See more »


The night John Lennon was assassinated, Monday, December 8th, 1980 the Dolphins were playing the Patriots, not the Raiders as in the movie. The game's final score was Miami 16 and New England 13. Miami won with overtime field goal. Also, Don Meredith wasn't in the commentary booth; it was Fran Tarkenton. See more »


References NFL Monday Night Football (1970) See more »

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Monday Night Football at it's best
7 May 2004 | by (California, USA) – See all my reviews

This is a great movie. After seeing it, one doesn't get the sense that it was made for cable (TNT originally aired it.... More than once!) John Tuturro plays Howard Cosell, and does a great job. The only minor issue is that it seems he was too young to portray Cosell, especially by the early '80s when the real Cosell looked quite a bit older. The voice, mannerisms, and dramatizations are worthy of noting as a great performance. Eli Wallach and John Heard were the best in this film. They were cast perfectly. Portrayals of Meredith and Gifford weren't bad. The man playing Pete Rozelle was adequate, but not memorable. It did a great job telling the story of how MNF was born. Roone Alredge from ABC truly revolutionized the game by adding flare, more cameras, more angles, and the three-man booth. One problem is that film lacks real game footage that was true to the era (1970-85). There seem to be re-creations of the games and their moments, and the uniforms are a bit "off" during some of the game highlights. (For example, take a close look at the Joe Namath shot. That's not the original shot of him. I don't think it's him at all.) Also, there are a few moments that were supposed to be taking place in the 1970s but some of the extras looked too present-era to pull this off. Overall, an excellent film. Football fans should definitely see this. MNF is still one of the greatest additions to the field of sports and entertainment.

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