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Monday Night Mayhem (2002)

Not Rated | | Drama, Sport | TV Movie 14 January 2002
How ABC's Monday Night Football, a live broadcast of the National Football League, came to be.

Director:

Ernest R. Dickerson (as Ernest Dickerson)

Writers:

Bill Carter (teleplay by), Marc Gunther (based on the book by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Turturro ... Howard Cosell
John Heard ... Roone Arledge
Kevin Anderson ... Frank Gifford
Nicholas Turturro ... Chet Forte
Brad Beyer ... Don Meredith
Patti LuPone ... Emmy Cosell
Eli Wallach ... Leonard Goldenson
Shuler Hensley ... Keith Jackson
Brennan Brown ... Bob Goodrich
Leo Burmester ... Carl Lindemann
Chad L. Coleman ... O.J. Simpson (as Chad Coleman)
Steve Schirripa ... Sal
Tony Devon ... Al Davis
Luke Reilly Luke Reilly ... Herbert Schlosser
Sam Freed ... Fred Pierce
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How ABC's Monday Night Football, a live broadcast of the National Football League, came to be.

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Gifford. Cosell. Meredith. There was more action in the booth than there was on the field.

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Drama | Sport

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 January 2002 (USA) See more »

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A sportriporter See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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On 5 September 1983 when Howard Cosell made the comment "That little monkey gets loose doesn't he," O.J. Simpson was not yet a booth commentator. The team was still comprised of Gifford, Meredith, and Cosell. See more »

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References Calgary 1988: XV Olympic Winter Games (1988) See more »

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Not bad . . .
18 January 2002 | by bbbaldieSee all my reviews

This was my time. I was 11 years old when the Monday Night Football thing got rolling. I probably watched as many games through the 70's as the guy in the movie who converted his garage into a Monday night football sanctuary.

I was a Cosell hater who often listened to music on the stereo while watching games. But I also defended him against the ridiculous racism charges (well presented in the film). He had a runaway mouth and an ego the size of John Madden's stomach, but he was colorblind in the truest sense.

The fact is that the movie was a pretty good show. The historical accuracy was a bit lacking (e.g. the theme song of the "first" game was actually not used until the 80's. I was disappointed that the catchy original tune was not featured. I Love Lucy was also long gone by the late 1960's.). But John Turturo played a mean Howard. His performance made up for the lightweight, almost parodied emoting of Brad Beyer and Chad Coleman. Kevin Anderson's Gifford passed muster, but what a shame we didn't get more of Shuler Hensley's brilliant Keith Jackson. I guess that was ultimately Roone Arledge's fault (nicely played by John Heard).

As far as TNT offerings are concerned, place this movie a (distant) second place to Pirates of Silicon Valley. Not too bad, really.


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