Movie InfoNoted 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 to the ultimate test. 61 also features Richard Masur, Bruce McGill, Anthony Michael Hall, and Renee Taylor; the scenes set in Yankee Stadium were filmed at Michigan's Tiger Stadium, shortly after the Detroit Tigers shuttered the venerable playing field and relocated to a newer facility. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi … 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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