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Monday Night Mayhem (2002)

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

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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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Drama | Sport

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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

The theme for MNF's first season was not "Heavy Action" as depicted in this film, but rather "Score" by Bob's Band. The opening including a montage of shots from the live truck with the director's voice cuing technicians and camera operators and counting down to 9:00 p.m. See more »

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References ABC's Wide World of Sports (1961) See more »

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John Turturro's Finest Two Hours
20 January 2002 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

John Turturro's portrayal of Howard Cosell in this film is so absolutely perfect that it has Emmy written all over it. While this movie (based on a book of the same name) is more than just a Howard biopic, Turturro really shines as America's most beloved and most hated sports broadcaster. He has the many mannerisms of Cosell down pat, down to the nasal voice that was both inimitable and grating. His narration of MNF's halftime highlights is particularly inspired.

Nicholas Turturro, John's brother, also stands out as Chet Forte, the gambling, womanizing MNF director, as does John Heard as Roone Arledge, the brains behind MNF and ABC Sports for so many years. The only downer is Brad Beyer's performance as Dandy Don Meredith. Nothing against Brad, but he was the wrong pick for this role. His baby face and forced Texas accent make me wish they had cast someone with a genuine Lone Star State drawl (Beyer is from Wisconsin).


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