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61*

61* (2001)

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Release Date: Apr 28, 2001 Wide

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Noted baseball fan Billy Crystal directed this made-for-cable drama set in the summer of 1961, as two of the strongest hitters in the major leagues, Mickey Mantle (Thomas Jane) and Roger Maris (Barry Pepper), find themselves neck and neck in a battle to break Babe Ruth's long-standing record for most home runs in a season. Both men were playing for the New York Yankees at the time, and as the two men came within grasping distance of Ruth's record, their loyalty as friends and teammates was put

Unrated,

Drama, Television

Hank Steinberg

Sep 11, 2001

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All Critics (17) | Top Critics (2) | Fresh (12) | Rotten (3) | DVD (10)

A great baseball movie solidly directed by Billy Crystal. You can tell he's a Yankee fan, but also does not hesitate from showing the warts on some of his idols.

April 12, 2007
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

One of the best telemovies I've ever seen...simply sensational

March 31, 2005
Moviehole

...[features] two superb performances.

August 1, 2003 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Baseball drama from director Billy Crystal has the graceful arc of a well-hit ball.

November 7, 2002 Full Review Source: Netflix
Netflix

A superior baseball movie

August 30, 2002
Lawrence Journal-World

Unexpectedly touching (and extremely well-acted) portrait of two baseball legends.

July 25, 2002
eFilmCritic.com

This film will play much better to die hard baseball fans than it will to non-devotees

November 13, 2001 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews
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Audience Reviews for 61*

Quality HBO film, great acting and screenplay. Only movie I've seen where Barry Pepper has a lead role, he's solid as balls.
September 10, 2010
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Lenny Muggsy

Super Reviewer

What a wonderful movie! I was all "Awwww!" and "Noooo!" and "Yaaaay!" Full of exciting sports, devastating injuries, and heartwarming camaraderie.

Barry Pepper is hella sexy. I love the scene the night before the 61st, during which Maris talks to his wife in bed and gives her the the softest, most tender kiss.

Waaaaah!
April 16, 2010
aliceinpunderland

Super Reviewer

Great movie, , its a film with a very emotive momentum, its funny when it needs to be, and the best of all is that its a true story. Maybe one of greatest sports movies ever. No matter if tour're a baseball fan or not, this film will entertain you till the end of it. Barry Pepper and Thomas Jane give us a very solid and convinceable performance as Maris and Mantle. Billy Crystal's way of directing makes you feel life if you were livng each moment of the movie, good for him.
March 2, 2007
barrys

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A great film!
December 10, 2007
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Leo L

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