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
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Critic Reviews for 61*
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.
One of the best telemovies I've ever seen...simply sensational
Baseball drama from director Billy Crystal has the graceful arc of a well-hit ball.
A superior baseball movie
Unexpectedly touching (and extremely well-acted) portrait of two baseball legends.
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.More
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.
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.More
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