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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
Billy Crystal's love of baseball and esp. the New York Yankees is a "labor of love".
For those alive in the great Yankee baseball era, this film is an intimate look at the lives and personalities of some of our best beloved sports heroes.
Barry Pepper and Thomas Jane are perfect in their respective roles of Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle.
Our family movie. It's not about the Yankees as much as it's about the relationship between Mantle and Maris and the stress put on Maris to break the record held by Babe Ruth in a... Read morePublished 19 days ago by Barry Jacobs