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61* (2001)

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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 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.

Cast

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 (15)

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 | Rating: 4/5
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

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

March 31, 2005 | Rating: 4/5
Moviehole

...[features] two superb performances.

August 1, 2003 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
Reel Film Reviews

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

November 7, 2002 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Netflix

A superior baseball movie

August 30, 2002 | Rating: 5/5
Lawrence Journal-World

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

July 25, 2002 | Rating: 4/5
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Audience Reviews for 61*

½

"Stick to what you know" is advice often rendered to art students and for Mr. Billy Crystal of New York City that apparently is just the ticket as he produced and directed this affectionate nod to American baseball, and most particularly the homerun race between Yankees Mickey Mantle (Thomas Jane) and Roger Maris (Barry Pepper). All in all the work is a nice memento of times gone by, such as when baseball was #1 in America.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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
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!

Alice Shen
Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

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