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Football on the field. Mayhem in the booth and the control room. Huge ratings in the morning papers. John Turturro portrays the reviled, revered and wholly remarkable Howard Cosell, heading a spot-on cast in the fascinating insider's story of the people and events that turned Monday Night Football into a nationwide phenomenon.
Based on the book by Bill Carter and Marc Gunther, this immensely entertaining made-for-cable film tells it like it was in chronicling the golden age of Monday Night Football, a bold experiment in prime-time programming that transformed the pop-culture landscape. Carrying the ball for the lesser-known ensemble is John Turturro's Emmy-worthy performance as Howard Cosell, who played the role of "provocateur" in the then-revolutionary three-man booth that included in its heyday "Dandy" Don Meredith (Brad Beyer) and Frank Gifford (Kevin Anderson). John Heard gives a career-best performance as ABC producer Roone Arledge, who nurtured his brainchild and brilliantly massaged the egos of his stars. His prickly, more complex relationship with Cosell is the heart of this film. Rich with incident, Monday Night Mayhem spans from Muhammad Ali's controversial anti-Vietnam War stance and the blood-soaked 1972 Munich Olympics to John Lennon's death, which Cosell announced to a shocked nation. Also comic and compelling is the behind-the-scenes in-fighting and the colorful backstage characters. This film will score even with viewers who preferred watching Mayberry RFD on those Monday nights long ago. --Donald LiebensonSee all Editorial Reviews
Glad I only paid $2 for this used since this movie just went on and on and on and was just too long. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Matthew J. Liptak
This film is more about Howard Cosell than MNF, but that's not necessarily bad. As a story about Howard Cosell's time in MNF... it isn't bad. Read morePublished on October 4, 2012 by karhill54
I absolutely loved the film, but I am a stickler for details.
I wonder who researched the details of the script,
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This movie is a truly wonderful in depth look at the history of a 'Ground Breaking' Historic TV program that ran for over 30 years. Read morePublished on June 13, 2011 by Kevin C. Turner
Simply great! If you grew up in the era of Monday Night Football you will enjoy this movie.
John Turturro is wonderful.
The T.N.T. television movie MONDAY NIGHT MAYHEM and the H.B.O. documentary HOWARD COSELL: TELLING IT LIKE IT IS were first broadcast within a few years of each other. Read morePublished on November 6, 2010 by J. L LaRegina
*Monday Night Mayhem* is a treat whether you remember the early days of MNF or not. We weren't huge football fans, but my family never missed a Monday game--it was like a big,... Read morePublished on June 28, 2010 by Poniplaizy
Somehow I had never heard of this movie, but I am glad I found it a trash bin in a discount bookstore in Idaho. Read morePublished on December 18, 2009 by Joseph H. Race