Starring: Barry Pepper, Thomas Jane, Bruce McGill.
Favourite Line - Mickey Mantle: That's just great. One guy's got me all washed up, the others got me beatin' Ruth's record. You guys should get together an' make up your minds, tell me how I am so I know how to play.
Not just my favourite baseball movie, but my favourite movie of all time.
Thomas Jane is fantastic as Mickey Mantle, playing the cool, easy going Mantle perfectly. McGill, Anthony Michael Hall and Chris Bauer are all great as well. Pepper, however, stand alone.
Barry Pepper turns in by far the best performance of his career, bringing joy, sadness, intensity and anger to his character.
61* is based on an incredible true story, has many hilarious lines, great action, fantastic acting, and draws the viewer in like no other baseball movie.
Another plus is the soundtrack. The songs chosen fit absolutely perfectly with each scene.
Last but not least, the "hotel room scene". This is my favourite scene, showing Roger sitting in his hotel room by himself, thinking of his family, the home run chase, the fans disdain of him, and the chaos in his life.
A quiet, small town boy who wants nothing more than to go out and play baseball every day is having the season of his life, and is getting ridiculed and ripped in the papers because of it.
As Nobody Knows Me by Lyle Lovett is playing for this scene, Roger Maris has a single tear roll down his cheek as he thinks. This scene chokes me up every time, and captures everything about Barry's character.
61* is, in my opinion, the perfect baseball movie. If you are a baseball fan, you must see this movie.