61* Movie Review 2001

Information and Film Reviews for 61* the Movie

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Crystal's nostalgic and meticulous telling of the 1961 home run race between Mickey Mantle (Jane) and Roger Maris (Pepper) clears the fence. Pepper and Jane are excellent as the "M & M Boys," and the rest of the solid cast is up to the task as well. The fine script mixes the baseball action with the behind the scenes material well. Crystal and writer Steinberg take great pains to show the tremendous pressure and outside distractions with which both players had to contend. With the exception of a few sportswriters (the obligatory villains), most of the characters are fleshed out nicely, instead of becoming a checklist of familiar names. Baseball geeks will find nits to pick, but for the most part, the baseball scenes and historical facts are right on the mark. Crystal's daughter plays Mrs. Maris.


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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 128 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Sports Dramas, Baseball, Period Piece: 1960s, Front Page, New York, New York, Biopics: Sports
Hank Steinberg
Thomas Jane, Barry Pepper, Chris Bauer, Christopher McDonald, Anthony Michael Hall, Bob Gunton, Bruce McGill, Richard Masur, Bobby Hosea, Donald Moffat, Renee Taylor, Joe Grifasi, Michael Nouri, Paul Borghese, Jennifer Crystal Foley, Seymour Cassel, Peter Jacobson, Robert Joy, Pat(ricia) Crowley, Robert Costanzo
Haskell Wexler
Billy Crystal
Marc Shaiman
Robert F. Colesberry, Billy Crystal, Ross Greenburg, HBO Films

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