The Bronx Is Burning
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Stories of 77 Featurettes
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- Reggie Jackson
- George Steinbrenner
- Billy Martin Jr.
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Complete Stats for the 1977 Yankees Including ALCS and World Series Box Scores
Top Customer Reviews
The series portrays the Yankees' tumultuous 1977 season against the background of the events in NYC that summer. Although the Yankees were loaded with colorful, over-the-top characters, the main focus is on the "relationship" between George Steinbrenner (Oliver Platt) and Billy Martin (John Turturro). In a better world, George and Billy would've gone to couples counseling and learned to compromise for the good of the team, but in reality they crashed like a baseball-themed Hindenburg--repeatedly, and spectacularly. At the same time, the Son of Sam was terrorizing the city, an ungodly heat wave had everyone sweltering, a mayoral campaign was heating up, and a thunderstorm elsewhere on the power grid caused a blackout of the city. All the events seem to mirror each other, and all are recreated with authenticity. It's obvious that the producers researched the events and people well, and original news footage is mixed in to give a "you are there" feel.
As far as the acting, everyone does a good job, but Turturro and Platt especially stand out. Turturro seems to have a knack for taking abrasive characters and making them sympathetic--he did the same thing with Howard Cosell in "Monday Night Mayhem." And Platt is hilarious as Steinbrenner; he has the voice and mannerisms down pat. Daniel Sunjata makes a good Reggie Jackson, even though he doesn't really look or sound that much like the real Reggie. The rest of the cast also works well.Read more ›
The only missteps arise from sections devoted to Son of Sam and the Mayoral race; we're never quite certain how relevant these dramas are, or their relationship to the central story. The actual interviews of participants, by contrast, work very well. Interviews with Yankee players - including Jackson, sports writers, and Steinbrenner himself, add authority to the story and give a visceral sense of the sustained dysfunction that characterized the team that year. Only Martin is missing from these interviews - even in history he is trivialized.
The drama here arises from a tough drive to the World Series, but the action, and the fun, come from an ongoing battle between three myopic egos that never manage to put their differences aside. It is a battle of titans and they share the blame equally - indeed - given the situation it's a miracle the team made the playoffs. Steinbrenner - the owner - is a grandiose, bombastic micro-manager. Martin - a brilliant player and manager - demonstrates levels of passive aggression and self-destruction so profound they could be record setting.Read more ›
I was a Yankee fan from childhood. My memories go back to a 1960 season that ended with Pittsburgh Pirate Bill Mazeroski's World Series winning home run. My love affair with the Bronx Bombers included all those lean years between 1962 and '77, when my team finally reclaimed the World's Champ title. I stayed with them afterwards, but only until beloved Thurman Munson's neck was snapped in an Aug. '79 small plane crash, then I emotionally walked away from the game. Seeing this miniseries was a golden chance to relive those last sweet days of my Yankee obsession.
'77 was a magic year for the NY tri-state area, with one of our ballteams finally on the ascendence, but it was also a crazy time of discos, punk rock, freaky fashions, sex clubs like Plato's Retreat and on the down side, unexpected violence. What makes this eight-part ESPN minseries so unique is yes, the actors who bring to life all those great Yankee characters, but also the story's digressions to reflect on such events as a daring young fellow who successfully scaled one corner of a World Trade Center tower, the Big Apple's Democratic mayoral race between several candidates, and a partial Con Ed blackout that led to tragedy on a hot summer night. Yes there were some heroics from volunteer citizens that powerless dark night but alas, the surfacing of arsonists and looters who broke into stores for what they deemed "Christmas in July" reflected the despicable side of human nature.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm a big time Yankee fan so it was awesome to me I hate ESPN bc then want some much for cable fees just so then can turn it around and give the money to the NFL , mlb and nba ...Published 21 days ago by shaun owens
A great mini-series. ESPN did a fantastic job. I produced it!Published 8 months ago by Bill Johnson
well done movie. Especially for a TV show. Almost movie quality (not quite). If you love baseball, you will really enjoy this series.Published 8 months ago by Nathan Sharfi
Not a fan of ESPN, however this was a very good series! I highly recommend it!Published 12 months ago by Matthew D Phillips