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The Bronx Is Burning 

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:
Oliver Platt ...  George Steinbrenner 8 episodes, 2007
Kevin Conway ...  Gabe Paul 8 episodes, 2007
Daniel Sunjata ...  Reggie Jackson 8 episodes, 2007
John Turturro ...  Billy Martin 8 episodes, 2007
Erik Jensen ...  Thurman Munson 8 episodes, 2007
Alex Cranmer ...  Graig Nettles 8 episodes, 2007
Darby Brown Darby Brown ...  Cliff Johnson 8 episodes, 2007
Joe Grifasi ...  Yogi Berra 8 episodes, 2007
Aric LeClair Aric LeClair ...  Sparky Lyle 8 episodes, 2007
Louis Mustillo ...  Maury Allen 8 episodes, 2007
Arthur J. Nascarella ...  Tommy Lasorda 8 episodes, 2007
Leonard Robinson ...  Mickey Rivers 8 episodes, 2007
Alan Ruck ...  Reporter 8 episodes, 2007
Bob Dunsworth Bob Dunsworth ...  Radio Sports Reporter 7 episodes, 2007
Hans Hartman ...  Reporter / ... 7 episodes, 2007
Evan Hart ...  Bucky Dent 6 episodes, 2007
Mark Lorette Mark Lorette ...  Reporter 6 episodes, 2007
Joe Cappelletti ...  Sports Announcer 5 episodes, 2007
Bill Forchion ...  Elston Howard 5 episodes, 2007
Tim Keinath Tim Keinath ...  Mike Torrez 5 episodes, 2007
Rob Lavin Rob Lavin ...  Kenny Holtzman 5 episodes, 2007
Dock Pollard Dock Pollard ...  Willie Randolph 5 episodes, 2007
Lou Provenzano ...  Ron Guidry 5 episodes, 2007
Max Casella ...  Dick Howser 4 episodes, 2007
A.J. McClain ...  Jimmy Wynn 4 episodes, 2007
Keith J. Stevens Keith J. Stevens ...  Uniformed Police Officer / ... 4 episodes, 2007
Stephen Lang ...  Inspector Dowd 3 episodes, 2007
Daryl Blonder Daryl Blonder ...  Ray Negron 3 episodes, 2007
Val Jobara ...  Himself 3 episodes, 2007
Susan Misner ...  Gretchen Martin 3 episodes, 2007
Josh Pais ...  Phil Pepe 3 episodes, 2007
Lawrence Ryan Lawrence Ryan ...  Reporter 3 episodes, 2007
Loren Dean ...  Fran Healy 2 episodes, 2007
Mather Zickel ...  Lou Piniella 2 episodes, 2007
Ellen Becker-Gray Ellen Becker-Gray ...  Neighborhood Resident at Crime Scene 2 episodes, 2007
Matt Bourgeois Matt Bourgeois ...  Waiter 2 episodes, 2007
Bill Buell ...  Art Fowler 2 episodes, 2007
Aaron Calafato Aaron Calafato ...  Police Officer 2 episodes, 2007
Meredith Deacon ...  Sydney 2 episodes, 2007
Rob W. Gray Rob W. Gray ...  Neighborhood Resident at Crime Scene 2 episodes, 2007
Janine Green ...  Mary Rivers 2 episodes, 2007
Elleen Hannah Elleen Hannah ...  Hospital Administrator 2 episodes, 2007
Jack Hartman Jack Hartman ...  Autograph Seeker 2 episodes, 2007
Sean Martin Hingston ...  Steve Dunleavy 2 episodes, 2007
Stephen Kyle ...  Press Photographer / ... 2 episodes, 2007
Christopher McDonald ...  Joe DiMaggio 2 episodes, 2007
Tony Moreira ...  Hotel Guest / ... 2 episodes, 2007
Giovanni Pantaleo Giovanni Pantaleo ...  Media Reporter 2 episodes, 2007
Kathryn Schmitt Kathryn Schmitt ...  Restaurant Patron 2 episodes, 2007
Kal Thompson Kal Thompson ...  Reporter 2 episodes, 2007
Matt Walton ...  Jim McMullen 2 episodes, 2007
Chloe Whiteford Chloe Whiteford ...  Billy's Girl 2 episodes, 2007
Tom Wiggin ...  Whitey Ford 2 episodes, 2007
Russell Woron-Simons ...  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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July 2007 (USA) See more »

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New Haven, Connecticut, USA See more »

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Three newspaper writers (Maury Allen, Phil Pepe, Steve Jacobson) who followed the Yankees during the 1977 season were featured prominently during the series. Two of them (Allen, Jacobson) can be seen standing with the actors who portrayed them (Louis Mustillo, Alan Ruck) during the locker room celebration in the final episode. The third writer, Pepe, can be seen as one of members of the press quoting George Steinbrenner in "The Seven Commandments" episode. See more »


In the opening credits, a subway train is briefly seen. The cars have no graffiti, which was not the case for most NYC subway cars in 1977. Also, 2 of the cars are painted red with a logo depicting an older (R-10) subway car. In 1977, there were no red cars in the NYC system. See more »


Billy Martin: I'll manage what I want to manage!
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Referenced in Sports Jeopardy!: Episode #1.33 (2015) See more »

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27 February 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee 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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