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Director Billy Crystal guarantees success for his movie in the perfect casting of the leads. Barry Pepper (Saving Private Ryan's religious sniper) is deft as Maris, and Thomas Jane is a perfect Mantle, a superman in a Yankee uniform. Despite the differences between family man Maris and hard-living Mantle, they form a rewarding friendship amid the media and fan frenzy. The shy Maris took the brunt of the storm, even facing boo-birds in his home stadium. Crystal and first-time writer Hank Steinberg keep the pace moving quickly between the field, the locker room, the press box, and the home front. The film never tries to dazzle with more than the facts (and it softens Mantle up a bit), yet it belongs on the short list of grand baseball movies. --Doug Thomas --This text refers to the DVD edition.
In 1961 Maris and Mantle hit a load of homeruns. Soon there are concerns about Babe Ruth's record of 60 homeruns in 154 game as the season has changed to 162 games. Some swearing.Published 2 months ago by ellison
I have yet to receive the item I purchased almost 6 weeks ago. Very disappointed. It was supposed to be a surprise birthday gift.Published on July 10 2013 by erin tufts
As a Mickey Mantle fan it was enlightening to see into the events of 1961 portrayed in hindsight with the press cast in a villainous role. Read morePublished on Nov. 2 2011 by Alan Novakowski
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This movie is just like baseball...you sit in a seat for hours watching an incredibly slow game while you drift off to sleep. Sorry all you baseball fans... Read morePublished on June 29 2004 by Nick Rocco