61* (2001) 720p YIFY Movie

61* (2001)

61* is a TV movie starring Barry Pepper, Thomas Jane, and Anthony Michael Hall. Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle race to break Babe Ruth's single-season home run record.

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  • Genre: Biography | Drama
  • Quality: 720p
  • Size: 1.56G
  • Resolution: / fps
  • Language: English
  • Run Time: 129
  • IMDB Rating: 7.8/10 
  • MPR: Normal
  • Peers/Seeds: 0 / 0

The Synopsis for 61* (2001) 720p

Aiming for one of the most famed records in sports history, a pair of very different baseball players hit home runs at an impressive rate. , a reserved sort, is much less popular than his hard-partying New York Yankee teammate , the player who many observers think will be the one to challenge 's record of 60 home runs in one season. But in the summer of 1961, Maris surges ahead of Mantle, making a run at Ruth's mark.


The Director and Players for 61* (2001) 720p

[Role:]Barry Pepper
[Role:]Anthony Michael Hall
[Role:]Richard Masur
[Role:]Thomas Jane
[Role:Director]Billy Crystal


The Reviews for 61* (2001) 720p


The Reluctant HeroReviewed byLin3223Vote: 10/10

Billy Crystal can be accused of presenting a heavily biased view of the Yankee summer of 1961, and his accusers would be right. Biased on the side of the truth, biased on the side of fairness to the characters, and biased on the side of historical integrity, "61" tells the story of one of the greatest seasons of all time for the New York Yankees--with admiration, with respect, and, above all, with a keen eye for how it really came down.

If you didn't witness first-hand the character assassination that plagued Roger Maris in his pursuit of Babe Ruth's home run record, "61" holds no resonance for you. You can't possibly understand what Maris went through that year just because his prowess for hitting home runs blossomed at record-breaking speed. You can't sympathize with him or the way he acted either. The more homers he hit, the more he was pursued, and the more he retreated. When Mickey Mantle tells Roger that he's the one making it hard on himself in his dealings with reporters--"I told you how to handle those guys. You don't want to listen."--it reveals the core of Maris' struggle with the press. Roger Maris was not a media darling--he shied away from the spotlight and he tried to protect himself and his family from the media circus that the 1961 season became for him. It was no contest, but he continued to fight for his privacy. He was just a guy doing his job and he wanted his privacy respected. It didn't help that he was threatening the greatest sports record of all time achieved by one of the most beloved sports figures in New York or anywhere. It didn't help that he was competing against another beloved and accomplished New York hero to break that record. This hick from North Dakota. What nerve. "Mickey should be the one to do it. He's a real Yankee." Many Yankee fans and baseball fanatics everywhere felt that way in the summer of 1961. Maris didn't deserve to be vilified because he wasn't the "proper" Yankee to break this record.

By now you must have surmised that I rooted for Roger Maris in the summer of 1961. That notwithstanding, all of what you see in "61" is true. There's no poetic license taken, no stretching of the truth for dramatic effect, no embellishments to make it a more interesting story (see "It Could Happen to You" and "Under the Tuscan Sun" for that). We can never know how close the relationship was between Mantle and Maris, but I trust Billy Crystal to have done his homework in his depiction of them as very good friends, not bitter rivals, as fabricated by the press. I trust Billy Crystal to have done his homework about every situation, every relationship, every line, and every detail in this movie. You can see that it was a labor of love for him. I thank him for setting the record straight where Roger Maris is concerned because it was about time.

If this movie doesn't pull at your heartstrings for any reason, then consider the irony of having gone through all that Maris did to break this record and have it noted in the record book that he did it in a longer season and the final irony of having that decision reversed after his death. "Roger Maris died 6 years earlier, never knowing that the record belonged to him." Maris died of cancer at the very young age of 51. He didn't deserve that either.

The Man from FargoReviewed bysolVote: 10/10

The film 61* chronicles the amazing, that's a year before the Amazin' NY Mets came into existence, 1961 baseball season with New York Yankees slugging outfielders Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris, Thomas Jane & Barry Pepper, chasing Babe Ruth's ghost and 60 home run record. The film begins and ends in September 1998 with a tearful Pat Maris, Pat Crowley, watching her late husband Roger's home run record being broken by Saint Louis Cardinals Mark McGuire slamming his 62th home run into the right field stands in Bush Stadium. It's between those two scenes we get to see the home run race between Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris that electrified the sports world some 37 years earlier. And how the media fans and a good number of sportswriters made Roger Maris' life a living hell for daring and succeeding despite Commissoner Ford Frick's (Donald Moffet) attempt to derail, with that idiotic *asterick rule, his breaking Babe Ruth's home run record.

It was late in the 1961 season when Maris started to pull ahead of his teammate Mickey Mantle in the home run race that the pressure really started to get turned on the Man From Fargo North Dakota in an effort to prevent him from breaking Babe Ruth's home run record that was considered by many, especially Commission Frick, a crime against the game of baseball. The fact that Maris was on his way of breaking Ruth's record had the press, or most of it, work overtime to discredit him in making it look that he's not worthy to break the great "Babe's" record that has stood for the last 34 years. The media even went as far as making up false stories about him that had Maris refuse to give interviews in fear that he's words would be taken out of contact, like they were, and make him sound like a spoiled and unfeeling person. It in fact was teammate Mickey Mantle who was Maris' biggest supporter knowing what he was going through on the field, where in one cases he has a chair thrown on him, and at home where his wife Pat got phone calls that threatened to kidnap and even kills her children if her husband broke "the Babe's" holy and untouchable home run record.

Despite all the threats attacks and insults on him and is family Maris on October 1, 1961 the last day on the season belted #61 into the right field stands off Boston Red Sox pitcher Tracy Stallard in Yankee Stadium and this time with him rounding the bases there was not a single boo or cat call among the some 23,000 fans present. Maris finally had earned the respect of the fans and sport-writers that was denied him that entire season. And as for the *asterick put on his home run record that was finally taken off on a ruling of the then Baseball Commissar Faye Vincent in 1991 but sadly Roger Maris wasn't there to see it. He passed away six years earlier on December 14, 1985 at the age of 51.

If you check out Roger Maris' as a person not baseball player he was without a doubt the most decent man you would have wanted to be Baseball's home run king. Quite unassuming a wonderful husband and loving father and family man he was the stuff that hero's are made of and on top of all that he never made a big deal off the unattainable record that he set. Maris even refused to receive the #61 home run ball that he hit that was valued at $5,000.00 given to him by the fan, Sal Durante, who caught it and offered it too him instead. With Maris telling Sal to keep the ball and make some money off it.

P.S Roger Maris' home run record is still considered the most legitimate by practically everyone who follows baseball from the baseball commissioner on down to the fan in the stand or those watching "America's Pastime" on TV. It's since been broken by Mark McGuire Sammy Sosa & Bobby Bond but none of the trio will ever be honored in breaking it or even being voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Unlike Roger Maris they needed performance enhancing drugs or steroids to get the job done. Where as for Roger Maris did it not only with his hitting talent but also sheer determination and guts as well.

Reviewed bybkoganbingVote: 9/10/10

I was 14 and living in Brooklyn during the baseball season of 1961. Wewere still a borough in mourning at the loss of our beloved Dodgers in1958 and even their rivals the Giants from Manhattan. For four seasonsand 1961 was to be the last of them the Yankees had the exclusiveattention of the New York baseball fans.

Another of those fans at the time was Billy Crystal who grew up to be acomedian of some note and on the 40th anniversary of that season andthe home run chase for Babe Ruth's seasonal record of 60 home runs,sought to bring back that season and what it meant to be a Yankee and aYankee fan that year.

Barry Pepper and Thomas Jayne play Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle whowent on a dual chase that year for that most sacred of all records.Sacred because it had been set by a man who revolutionized the gameitself and was one of the most colorful sports personalities thatAmerica ever produced. It was so held sacred that former sportswriterFord Frick who was baseball commissioner at the time and former BabeRuth ghostwriter decreed that it could only be broken in the first 154games, that if it was broken in the new 162 game schedule, separaterecords noted with the asterisk would be in the books.

The Yankees themselves were on fire that season. They were not justabout Mantle and Maris. The middle infield combination of BobbyRichardson and Tony Kubek seemed to be turning double-plays on analmost alarming routine basis, becoming the best at what they did.Elston Howard in his first year as the regular catcher hit for thehighest average on the team, .348 and contended for the batting title.Whitey Ford who previous manager Casey Stengel would not give rotationstarts to, was put in a set pitching rotation by Ralph Houk andresponded with his career season of 25 and 4. He also did his assaulton Babe Ruth by breaking his pitching record of 29 2/3 scorelessinnings in the World Series against Cincinnati that year.

As for home-runs, the team itself set a record of 240 season home-runsfor a team. Everybody pitched in that year to win the pennant and blowCincinnati out in five games in the World Series.

But the story was Mantle and Maris who despite rumors fueled bysportswriters looking for or to create a good story, Mickey and Rogeractually shared living quarters in Queens with teammate Bob Cerv. Bythe way if there are villains in this film it's the writers. They arereally shown as one scurvy lot. I think that if Mickey and Roger sawthe film, they'd just groove on the way they were portrayed.

Although both guys were from red state Middle America, they were asopposite as you can get. Mantle was quite the hedonist back in the dayand Crystal doesn't flinch in showing him that way. Maris on the otherhand was a family man first and foremost. He was also very conscious ofthe fact that Mantle was there in New York first and fans wanted him tobe the record breaker.

Watching 61* was certainly reliving a lot of my 14th year over again.The Yankees were awesome that year, like I've never seen them before orsince, not even the recent teams with Joe Torre as manager. 61* nowranks as one of the great baseball films ever.

No summer like that summer of 61*.

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