61*
Country of Origin: United States
Production year: 2001
Director: Billy Crystal
Rating: NR(Television)
UPC [Locale]: 026359-178221
Running time: 2:09 (129 Min.)
Casetype: Snapper
Format: NTSC, Anamorphic Widescreen 1.85:1
DVD-Format: Single-Sided, Single-Layered
Released: September 11, 2001
Collection type: Owned (#22)
Status: Available
Purchase date: December 31, 2003
Purchase price: Hidden
Review (movie): 8 / 10
Review (video): 0 / 10
Overview
One was the Yankees' best loved player, the other was their most valuable. In the summer of 1961, Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle took on Babe Ruth's record, the 1927 single-season 60 home run slam. It would be a summer that no one who loves baseball will ever forget.

In 1961, Mickey Mantle is a Yankee favorite. The smiling sun god of the season, a hit with fans and sports writers alike and natural heir to his predecessors Joe DiMaggio, Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth. Also at bat is a young Midwesterner, Roger Maris. A hard-hitting right fielder, Maris is Mantle's opposite in almost every way. Quiet and soft-spoken, he doesn't add up to everything a sports legend should be, and finds himself losing the support of the fans when he refuses to try.

As the summer of 1961 unfolds, both Maris and Mantle find themselves approaching Babe Ruth's benchmark of 60 home runs. Facing mounting pressure from the media and the stands, they both know there's only room for one winner. The people make their choice known. But the people's favorite isn't the favorite to win.
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Genres
Sports
Drama
Television
Studios
Production Studios:
 • HBO Films
 • Face Productions
Media Companies:
 • HBO Home Video
Audio format
English  Dolby Digital 5.1
English  Dolby Digital Surround
Commentary  Dolby Digital Surround
Spanish  Dolby Digital 2-Channel Stereo
Subtitles
English
French
Spanish
Discs
# Description A B DS DL A DL B
1Main Feature
Features
 • Scene Access
 • Feature Trailers
 • Featurettes
 • Commentary
 • Production Notes/Bios
 • DVD-ROM Content
 • Closed Captioned
 • Player Bios and Stats, 1961 Home Run List
Crew
Direction
Billy Crystal....Director
Writing
Hank Steinberg....Writer
Production
Billy Crystal....Executive Producer
Ross Greenburg....Executive Producer
Robert F. Colesberry....Producer
Cinematography
Haskell Wexler....Director of Photography
Film Editing
Michael Jablow....Film Editor
Music
Marc Shaiman....Composer
Sound
Jeff Wexler....Production Sound Mixer
Robert Grieve....Supervising Sound Editor
Meg Taylor....Sound Editor
Matthew Iadarola....Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Gary Gegan....Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Gary J. Coppola....Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Art
Rusty Smith....Production Designer
Dan Moore....Costume Designer
Denise Hudson....Art Director
Loring I. Spicer....Costume Designer
Peter Montagna....Make-up Artist
Patty Bunch....Make-up Artist
Mark Landon....Make-up Artist
Scott Blackwell....Visual Effects
David Peterson....Visual Effects
Centropolis Effects
Mitchell Drain....Visual Effects
Cast
Joe Buck....McGwire 60th & 62nd Home Run Announcer
Dane Northcutt....Randy Maris ('98)
Chip Esten....Kevin Maris ('98)
Scott Connell....Roger Maris, Jr. ('98)
Rebecca Klingler....Susan Maris ('98)
Pat Crowley....Pat Maris ('98)
Jon Miller....McGwire 61st Home Run Announcer
Barry Pepper....Roger Maris
Chris Bauer....Bob Cerv
Christopher McDonald....Mel Allen
Joe Grifasi....Phil Rizzuto
Bruce McGill....Ralph Houk
Paul Borghese....Yogi Berra
Bobby Hosea....Elston Howard
Anthony Michael Hall....Whitey Ford
Domenick Lombardozzi....Moose Skowron
Thomas Jane....Mickey Mantle
Seymour Cassel....Sam Simon
Bob Gunton....Dan Topping
Robert Joy....Bob Ficshel
Richard Masur....Milt Kahn
Peter Jacobson....Artie Green
Susan Maris ('61)
Cameryn McNabb
Brynne McNabb
Jennifer Crystal Foley....Pat Maris ('61)
Richard Brown....Yankee Bat Boy
Bob Sheppard....Yankee Stadium Announcer (voice)
Donald Moffat....Ford Frick
Renee Taylor....Claire Ruth
Shannah Laumeister....Pretty Young Woman
Randall Godwin....Fan #1
David Courtney....Tiger Stadium Announcer (voice)
Shiva Rose....Toot's Girl
Mitchell Edmonds....Hotel Manager
Scott Waara....Gus Mauch
Michael Nouri....Joe DiMaggio
Robert Hunter, Jr.....Angry Fan
Valentin Olteanu....Yelling Senator's Fan
David Whalen....Anchorman
Jerry Coleman....Angels Stadium Announcer (voice)
Dell Yount....Writer #1
Connor Trinneer....Writer #2
Matthew Kaminsky....Raytown Reporter #1
Kevin Kendrick....Raytown Reporter #2
Kevin Kelly....Raytown Reported #3
J.D. Cullum....Gabe Pressman
Sean Marquette....Young Boy
Maile Flanagan....Housewife
David Dionisio....Reporter #2
Donald Elson....Older Man
Juliet Naulin....School Girl
J.R. Remick....Ball Hound
Reuben Yabuku....Roger Heckler
Robert Costanzo....Toots Shor
K. J. Steinberg....Picture Girl
Jerome Zieminski....Umpire
Tim Hammer....Angry Umpire
E. E. Bell...."The Babe"
Jeffrey Herman....Chair Umpire
Kiff Vanden Heuvel....Detroit Fan #2
Haynes Brooke....Bartender Detroit
Scott Williamson....TV Reporter
Michael Gallagher....Frick's Assistant
Conor O'Farrell....Luman Harris
Dick Stilwell....TV Station Manager
Mike Carlucci....Memorial Stadium Announcer (voice)
Al Kaplon....Memorial Stadium Umpire
Tom Candiotti....Hoyt Wilhelm
Andy Strassberg....61st Home Run Fan
James Intveld....Sal Durante
Danny Mantle....Father
Will Mantle....Son
Tiger Stadium....Yankee Stadium
1961 Yankees
Anthony Martinez....Luis Arroyo
Brendan McCarthy....Johnny Blanchard
Brian Sperling....Clete Boyer
Justin Collins....Jim Coates
Kevin Wensley....Joe DeMaestri
Eric Orue....Billy Gardner
Paul Amberrus....Bob Hall
Joe Arnold....Tony Kubek
Donovan Wallace....Bobby Richardson
Scott Egan....Bill Stafford
Robby Wells....Ralph Terry
Scott Bibee....Bob Turley
Brian Smith....Pitcher
1961 Orioles
Ted Billick....Dick Hall
Gaston Wurth....Milt Pappas
Marc Shernan....Earl Robinson
1961 Tigers
Jeffrey Dropps....Al Kaline
Luke Bonner....Frank Lary
Travis Hardin....Jake Wood
Todd Bacile....Heckling Fan (uncredited)
Richard Alan Brown....Fred Bangis (uncredited)
Mark E. Cook....Detroit Police Officer (uncredited)
Richard Goteri....Brooklyn (uncredited)
Phil Hawn....Press Photographer (uncredited)
Chris Marquette....Angry Fan (uncredited)
Mark McGwire....Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Deanna Stathopoulos....Young Woman (uncredited)
Stephanie Trexler....Excited Fan (uncredited)
Adam Zweibel....Minnesota Twin #1 (uncredited)