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61* (2001)





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Lifelong New York Yankee fan Billy Crystal directed this made-for-cable film concerning the 1961 home run race between Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle. Maris (Barry Pepper) begins the 1961 season as the MVP from the previous year's campaign. Mantle (Thomas Jane) is the most beloved Yankee since DiMaggio. In an attempt to jump-start the team after a poor start to the season, manager Ralph Houk (Bruce McGill) switches their positions in the batting order so that Maris now hits directly before Mantle. This decision sparks both players to begin a run at one of the most beloved numbers in all of sport. As the wild, self-destructive Mantle and the taciturn, intense Maris chase Babe Ruth's record of 60 home runs in a season, they form a close bond with each other that helps them survive the intense pressure from fans and the media, which surrounds their every move both on and off the field during the season.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Television
Directed By:
Written By: Hank Steinberg
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 11, 2001
Face Productions


Thomas Jane
as Mickey Mantle
Barry Pepper
as Roger Maris
Chris Bauer
as Bob Cerv
Paul Borghese
as Yogi Berra
Jennifer Foley
as Pat Maris (1961)
Bobby Hosea
as Elston Howard
Domenick Lombardozzi
as Moose Skowron
Bruce McGill
as Ralph Houk
Bob Gunton
as Dan Topping
Joe Grifasi
as Phil Rizzuto
Richard Masur
as Milt Kahn
Peter Jacobson
as Artie Green
Donald Moffat
as Ford Frick
Renée Taylor
as Claire Ruth
Robert Joy
as Bob Fishel
Michael Nouri
as Joe DiMaggio
James Intveld
as Sal Durante
Pat Crowley
as Widow Pat Maris
Seymour Cassel
as Sam Simon
Randall Godwin
as Fan No. 1
Robert Costanzo
as Toots Shor
Mitchell Edmonds
as Hotel Manager
Scott Waara
as Gus Mauch
JD Cullum
as Gabe Pressman
Dell Yount
as Writer No. 1
Connor Trinneer
as Writer No. 2
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Critic Reviews for 61*

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | October 21, 2001
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

Full Review… | October 21, 2001
Top Critic

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

...[features] two superb performances.

Full Review… | August 1, 2003
Reel Film Reviews

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

Full Review… | November 7, 2002

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.

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.


Alice Shen

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.

Jose Zamudio

Super Reviewer

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