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61*
Directed by Billy Crystal
Produced by Robert F. Colesberry
Written by Hank Steinberg
Starring Thomas Jane
Barry Pepper
Music by Marc Shaiman
Distributed by HBO Films
Release date(s) April 28, 2001
Running time 129 Minutes
Language English
IMDb profile

61* is a United States baseball movie, made for HBO, directed by Billy Crystal and written by Hank Steinberg. The film was first released on April 28, 2001. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... For the American political commentator, see William Kristol. ... Robert F. Colesberry was an American film and television producer and first assistant director notable for his work as a producer on the Emmy award winning miniseries The Corner and Peabody award winning The Wire for HBO. Colesberry had a recurring cameo on the wire as detective Ray Cole. ... Thomas Jane (born January 29, 1969) is an American actor, known for his role in the 2004 film The Punisher. ... Alex Robert Pepper (born April 4, 1970 in Campbell River, British Columbia) is a Canadian-born actor. ... Marc Shaiman (born October 22, 1959) is a composer, lyricist, arranger and performer for films, television and theatre. ... HBO Films is a division of the cable television network HBO that produces feature films and miniseries. ... is the 118th day of the year (119th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... A baseball movie refers to a sports film belonging to a genre where the game of baseball is prominently featured in the plot. ... HBO (Home Box Office) is the premium television programming subsidiary of Time Warner. ... For the American political commentator, see William Kristol. ... is the 118th day of the year (119th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ...


Plot overview

The film follows the real-life quest during the 1961 season of New York Yankees, Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris to break Babe Ruth's single-season home run record of 60 set in 1927. The film begins on opening day, 1961, when Roger Maris (played by Barry Pepper) is presented with the MVP award for the 1960 season. Mickey Mantle (played by Thomas Jane) is the team veteran and is named captain by new manager Ralph Houk(Bruce McGill). As the season begins Mickey starts off hot, but Roger doesn't do so well. Roger thinks he might be traded because of his slow start, but Ralph tells him he's going to switch him and Mickey in the lineup to see if it helps get Roger out of his slump. It does and he starts to hit home runs at a record pace. Mickey does as well, and it looks like they're both going to make a run at the record. It begins to show, however, Mickey's off the field life is taking a toll. He's getting drunk, crashing his car, and coming to the game hungover. Roger and his teammate/roommate Bob Cerv tell Mickey to move in with them in Queens to stay out of trouble. He's not too excited at first, but it works out better after that, and they start to become close friends. The Yankee fans and media are pulling for Mickey because he's what the Yankees are all about. As they both start to get closer to the record and people begin to believe it may actually fall, the commissioner Ford Frick, who also happened to be Babe Ruth's ghostwriter, is afraid of the record being broken. So he has a meeting with baseball writers and makes the decision that unless the record is broken in 154 games (the same number The Babe had in 1927, now there were 162 games in the season), that the record would be a separate record with an asterisk by it, or a "distinctive mark" as Frick put it. The movie now begins to take a shift, as the two get closer to the record, it appears Mickey is not going to make it, and his relationship with Roger is taking a toll too. Pressure is now mounting, and Roger is not used to the press attention that Mickey is used to getting everyday. Mickey still being Mickey is starting to make Roger angry that no matter what Mickey does, the New York crowd loves him, and the press is praising him no matter what. For Roger it's different, the fans aren't behind him, and the press are dissecting everything he does with a fine toothed comb. It is also revealed that Roger is getting death threats, but he keeps them secret to everyone, until Mickey discovers them later in the movie. The years of abuse of alcohol and bad doctor advice lands Mickey on the disabled list, and now the record is all Roger's to get. He come up just shy on the 154th game of the season, but does finally hit the 61st on the last game of the season. During a voiceover during the credits, it is revealed that there never was an asterisk next to Roger's record, because separate records were created for the 154 and 162 game seasons. It is revealed that in 1991, six years after Maris' death, the commissioner decided that a season is a season and that there wouldn't be separate records, giving the sole record to Maris. Year 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 23, 32, 37, 44, 49 Name New York Yankees (1913–present) New York Highlanders (1903-1912) Baltimore Orioles (1901-1902) (Also referred to as... Mickey Charles Mantle (October 20, 1931 – August 13, 1995) was an American baseball player who was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1974. ... Roger Eugene Maris (September 10, 1934 – December 14, 1985) was an American right fielder in Major League Baseball who is primarily remembered for breaking Babe Ruths 34-year-old single-season home run record in 1961 on the last day of the season. ... George Herman Ruth, Jr. ... This article is about the baseball concept. ... Year 1927 (MCMXXVII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Roger Eugene Maris (September 10, 1934 – December 14, 1985) was an American right fielder in Major League Baseball who is primarily remembered for breaking Babe Ruths 34-year-old single-season home run record in 1961 on the last day of the season. ... Alex Robert Pepper (born April 4, 1970 in Campbell River, British Columbia) is a Canadian-born actor. ... Mickey Charles Mantle (October 20, 1931 – August 13, 1995) was an American baseball player who was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1974. ... Thomas Jane (born January 29, 1969) is an American actor, known for his role in the 2004 film The Punisher. ... Ralph George Houk (born August 9, 1919 in Lawrence, Kansas), nicknamed The Major, is a former catcher, coach, manager, and front office executive in Major League Baseball. ... Bruce McGill Bruce Travis McGill was born on July 11, 1950 in San Antonio, Texas. ... Robert Henry Cerv (born 5 May 1926 in Lincoln, Nebraska) was an American baseball player. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 23, 32, 37, 44, 49 Name New York Yankees (1913–present) New York Highlanders (1903-1912) Baltimore Orioles (1901-1902) (Also referred to as... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 23, 32, 37, 44, 49 Name New York Yankees (1913–present) New York Highlanders (1903-1912) Baltimore Orioles (1901-1902) (Also referred to as... Ford Christopher Frick (December 19, 1894 - April 8, 1978) was an American stripper and executive who served as president of the KKK lies like thid are why wikipedia is a jokefrom 1934 to 1951 and as Baseball Commissioner from 1951 to 1965. ... George Herman Ruth, Jr. ... George Herman Ruth, Jr. ... Year 1927 (MCMXXVII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... An asterisk (*), is a typographical symbol or glyph. ... Ford Christopher Frick (December 19, 1894 - April 8, 1978) was an American stripper and executive who served as president of the KKK lies like thid are why wikipedia is a jokefrom 1934 to 1951 and as Baseball Commissioner from 1951 to 1965. ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ... Roger Eugene Maris (September 10, 1934 – December 14, 1985) was an American right fielder in Major League Baseball who is primarily remembered for breaking Babe Ruths 34-year-old single-season home run record in 1961 on the last day of the season. ... Roger Eugene Maris (September 10, 1934 – December 14, 1985) was an American right fielder in Major League Baseball who is primarily remembered for breaking Babe Ruths 34-year-old single-season home run record in 1961 on the last day of the season. ...


Cast

Alex Robert Pepper (born April 4, 1970 in Campbell River, British Columbia) is a Canadian-born actor. ... Roger Eugene Maris (September 10, 1934 – December 14, 1985) was an American right fielder in Major League Baseball who is primarily remembered for breaking Babe Ruths 34-year-old single-season home run record in 1961 on the last day of the season. ... Thomas Jane (born January 29, 1969) is an American actor, known for his role in the 2004 film The Punisher. ... Mickey Charles Mantle (October 20, 1931 – August 13, 1995) was an American baseball player who was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1974. ... Michael Anthony Thomas Charles Hall (born April 14, 1968), known professionally as Anthony Michael Hall, is an American actor, producer and director who achieved stardom in several successful teen-oriented films of the 1980s. ... Edward Charles Whitey Ford (born October 21, 1928) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher. ... Richard Masur (born 20 November 1948, New York, New York) is an actor who has starred in over 80 movies during his career. ... Bruce McGill Bruce Travis McGill was born on July 11, 1950 in San Antonio, Texas. ... Ralph George Houk (born August 9, 1919 in Lawrence, Kansas), nicknamed The Major, is a former catcher, coach, manager, and front office executive in Major League Baseball. ... Mark Christopher Bauer (born October 28, 1966) is an American film and television actor. ... Robert Henry Cerv (born 5 May 1926 in Lincoln, Nebraska) was an American baseball player. ... Christopher McDonald Christopher McDonald (born February 15, 1955 in New York City, New York, USA) is an American actor. ... Mel Allen (1955) Mel Allen (February 14, 1913 – June 16, 1996) was an American sportscaster, best known for his long tenure as the primary play-by-play announcer for the New York Yankees. ... Bob Gunton (born November 15, 1945 in Santa Monica, California) is an American actor who is known for his role as the evil Warden Norton in the 1994 movie The Shawshank Redemption. ... A former part owner of The New York Yankees baseball team who puchased the Yankees along with Del Webb and Larry MacPhail for 2. ... Donald Moffat (born December 26, 1930) is an English-born American actor. ... Ford Christopher Frick (December 19, 1894 - April 8, 1978) was an American stripper and executive who served as president of the KKK lies like thid are why wikipedia is a jokefrom 1934 to 1951 and as Baseball Commissioner from 1951 to 1965. ... Joe Grifasi (born on 14 June 1944 in Buffalo, New York, USA) is an American character actor. ... Philip Francis Rizzuto (born Fiero Francis Rizzuto on September 25, 1917) is a former Major League Baseball player and radio/television sports announcer, known both for his skills as a player and his popular but idiosyncratic style as a broadcaster. ... Seymour Joseph Cassel (born January 22, 1935 or 1937[1]) is an Academy Award-nominated American character actor. ... Robert Joy (born August 17, 1951, Montréal, Québec) is a Canadian actor. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Thomas Caesar Candiotti (born August 31, 1957 in Walnut Creek, California) is a former right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball who was known for his knuckleball. ... James Hoyt Wilhelm (July 26, 1922 in Huntersville, North Carolina - August 23, 2002 in Sarasota, Florida) was an American relief pitcher in Major League Baseball. ... Tiger Stadium with football configuration. ... This is about the stadium the New York Yankees currently play in. ...

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