A look at the New York Yankees attempt to win the 1977 World Series. Based on Jonathan Mahler's book "Ladies and Gentlemen, the Bronx Is Burning."

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Series cast summary:
 George Steinbrenner (8 episodes, 2007)
 Gabe Paul (8 episodes, 2007)
 Reggie Jackson (8 episodes, 2007)
 Billy Martin (8 episodes, 2007)
 Thurman Munson (8 episodes, 2007)
 Graig Nettles (8 episodes, 2007)
Darby Brown ...
 Cliff Johnson (8 episodes, 2007)
 Yogi Berra (8 episodes, 2007)
Aric LeClair ...
 Sparky Lyle (8 episodes, 2007)
 Maury Allen (8 episodes, 2007)
 Tommy Lasorda (8 episodes, 2007)
 Mickey Rivers (8 episodes, 2007)
 Reporter (8 episodes, 2007)
Bob Dunsworth ...
 Radio Sports Reporter (7 episodes, 2007)
Hans Hartman ...
 Reporter / ... (7 episodes, 2007)
 Bucky Dent (6 episodes, 2007)
Mark Lorette ...
 Reporter (6 episodes, 2007)
 Sports Announcer (5 episodes, 2007)
 Elston Howard (5 episodes, 2007)
Tim Keinath ...
 Mike Torrez (5 episodes, 2007)
Rob Lavin ...
 Kenny Holtzman (5 episodes, 2007)
Dock Pollard ...
 Willie Randolph (5 episodes, 2007)
 Ron Guidry (5 episodes, 2007)
 Dick Howser (4 episodes, 2007)
 Jimmy Wynn (4 episodes, 2007)
 Uniformed Police Officer / ... (4 episodes, 2007)
 Inspector Dowd (3 episodes, 2007)
Daryl Blonder ...
 Ray Negron (3 episodes, 2007)
 Himself (3 episodes, 2007)
 Gretchen Martin (3 episodes, 2007)
 Phil Pepe (3 episodes, 2007)
Lawrence Ryan ...
 Reporter (3 episodes, 2007)
 Fran Healy (2 episodes, 2007)
 Lou Piniella (2 episodes, 2007)
Matt Bourgeois ...
 Waiter (2 episodes, 2007)
 Art Fowler (2 episodes, 2007)
Aaron Calafato ...
 Police Officer (2 episodes, 2007)
 Sydney (2 episodes, 2007)
Rob W. Gray ...
 Neighborhood Resident at Crime Scene (2 episodes, 2007)
 Mary Rivers (2 episodes, 2007)
Elleen Hannah ...
 Hospital Administrator (2 episodes, 2007)
Jack Hartman ...
 Autograph Seeker (2 episodes, 2007)
 Steve Dunleavy (2 episodes, 2007)
 Press Photographer / ... (2 episodes, 2007)
 Joe DiMaggio (2 episodes, 2007)
Tony Moreira ...
 Hotel Guest / ... (2 episodes, 2007)
Giovanni Pantaleo ...
 Media Reporter (2 episodes, 2007)
Kathryn Schmitt ...
 Restaurant Patron (2 episodes, 2007)
 Reporter (2 episodes, 2007)
 Jim McMullen (2 episodes, 2007)
Chloe Whiteford ...
 Billy's Girl (2 episodes, 2007)
Tom Wiggin ...
 Whitey Ford (2 episodes, 2007)
 Student Watching TV / ... (2 episodes, 2007)


In the year 1977, Major league Baseball has officially inaugurated the free agent market. A baseball player named Reggie Jackson came to New York to sign a contract with the ball club called the "Yankees". But, what Jackson does not know that he will soon bring controversy to the club, by saying that he's the "Straw that stirs the drink", causing his fellow teammates especially, Thurman Munson to not like him. Plus, manager Billy Martin and owner George Steinbrenner also have their own private arguments about Jackson and the team. Meanwhile, other things are happening in New York as a killer using a .44 magnum and calling himself as "The Son Of Sam" is lurking around the city, and the infamous blackout. Written by John Wiggins

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Reggie Jackson was highly critical of the way he was portrayed in the film, saying he felt it slandered him and his family. Jackson threatened to sue producers over his portrayal, and has generally reacted angrily when the subject of the movie comes up in interviews. In 2012 Jackson announced he was writing his own book about the 1977 season in response to the movie, though as of early 2013 the book has yet to be written or published. See more »


Reggie Jackson in 1977 did not sport a "soul-patch" beneath his lower lip. Facial hair for New York Yankees is prohibited below the lower lip. Back in the late '70s Thurman Munson, when in dispute with Yankee ownership, would from time to time begin to grow a beard, and then would be ordered to shave it. Over the years, other Yankees, such as Goose Gossage and Don Mattingly, have been reprimanded by Yankee brass for long hair or facial hair in violation of Yankee policy. See more »


George Steinbrenner: [arguing with Billy Martin] I already got a pennant. I want a ring! if you can't do it, then I will get someone who will.
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Featured in 14th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (2008) See more »

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27 February 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Bronx is Burning, The (Pt. 1) *** 1/2 (out of 4) The first part in this eight part mini-series gets off to a good start as we see George Steinbrenner (Oliver Platt) hiring Billy Martin (John Turturro) only to see the two start fighting over Reggie Jackson being brought in. Also brought up in this episode is the Son of Sam killings starting. I'll hold most of my comments until the mini-series is over but Turturro seems to be excellent as Martin but Platt isn't impressing me too much as the big guy. The supporting players seem to be fitting their roles just fine so we shall see how the series moves along.

Bronx is Burning, The (Pt. 2) *** 1/2 (out of 4) George Steinbrenner (Oliver Platt) and Billy Martin (John Turturro) come to an understanding days after Martin is fired but this doesn't stop Martin's hatred for Reggie Jackson. Also, the Son of Sam killer is now taunting the police with notes saying he's going to kill more. This second part (of eight) really picks up steam with Turturro becoming terrific as the legendary Martin. I've noticed that Platt plays the part a lot better during the quiet scenes but whenever he tries to be the "Big Boss" he gets a bit campy. The stuff in the locker room between Jackson and his teammates is also very well done. Again, I'll post more when the mini-series is over.

Bronx is Burning, The (Pt. 3) **** (out of 4) Things heat up when Billy Martin (John Turturro) pulls Reggie Jackson out of a game in Boston on live television. This leads to Steinbrenner (Oliver Platt) traveling to Detroit to fire Martin. Back in NYC, Son of Sam kills two more people. This part is certainly the best so far with a lot of drama and the notorious event of Martin pulling Jackson makes for some great entertainment. There's also one nicely suspenseful scene dealing with Son of Sam. What's really standing out about this mini-series is the performance of Turturro who is turning in the best work of his career as the troubled Martin. His breakdown towards the end of this episode was really, really heartbreaking.

Bronx is Burning, The (Pt. 4) *** (out of 4) Steinbrenner (Oliver Platt) promises Billy Martin (John Turturro) he won't fire him, the first anniversary of the Son of Sam killing approaches and NYC is hit with a blackout in this fourth part of the mini-series. This was the weakest of the four parts so far but the acting is still top-notch but none of the three main parts are really hammered home like in the previous parts.

Bronx is Burning, The (Pt. 5) *** 1/2 (out of 4) A terrorist plot hits NYC as record high temperatures do as well. The Son of Sam killer is finally caught as the Yankees take over first place after Martin bats Jackson clean-up. After the good but weakest segment last week, this weeks episode picks back up with a great reenactment of the capture of Sam and the Miller beer commercial with Steinbrenner and Martin is still funny.

Bronx is Burning, The (Pt. 6) *** (out of 4) The Son of Sam killer is trying to make money off his killings while the Yankees finally beat out Boston for the Eastern Division but things start to unravel against Kansas City. This is yet another good episode but I was expecting so much more since we've been building up to the playoffs. There's really nothing too overly important that stands out here except for a great scene where Steinbrenner watches one of the playoff games with a group of college kids in their dorm. This scene is also the best Oliver Platt has been as The Boss.

Bronx is Burning, The (Pt. 7) *** 1/2 (out of 4) The next to last episode has the Yankees in the World series against the Dodgers but Reggie Jackson and Billy Martin must come to some sort of understanding while Steinbrenner wants to offer Martin an extension. This episode picks up a lot more of the baseball action and I'm glad to see that this episode goes into more details about what was going on in the dugout. Each game is given plenty of time for us to see all the action and see how the characters were going through it.

Bronx is Burning, The (Pt. 8) *** 1/2 (out of 4) Final episode has the Yankees entering Game 6 and trying to clinch it while a report in Time magazine has Jackson saying he won't return to the team if Martin is still coaching. Before the game Steinbrenner gives Martin a two year contract while Jackson goes out and hits three home runs. This final episode picks up a lot more steam and caps off the series very nicely, although I wish they would have used more new footage instead of all the real life clips. It would have been nice to see more of the reactions after the game but the episode is still quite strong.

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