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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
Luke Reilly Luke Reilly ... Herbert Schlosser
Sam Freed ... Fred Pierce
Steve Nuke ... The Ringleader - PA #1
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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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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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Goofs

The theme for MNF's first season was not "Heavy Action" as depicted in this film, but rather "Score" by Bob's Band. The opening including a montage of shots from the live truck with the director's voice cuing technicians and camera operators and counting down to 9:00 p.m. See more »

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References ABC's Wide World of Sports (1961) See more »

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"I tell it like it is!"
19 January 2002 | by Gunnery Sergeant HartmanSee all my reviews

I must admit that The start of ABC'S Monday Night Football was before my time, But personally, I thought this was an excellent telling of the events leading from it's creation to the resignation of Howard Cosell. John Heard portrays Roone Arledge, the man behind the creation of ABC's Monday Night Football. He enlists play by play announcers Howard Cosell (John Turturro), "Dandy" Don Meredith (Brad Beyer), Keith Jackson (Shuler Hensley), and later, Frank Gifford (Kevin Anderson). The movie centers mainly on the action happening inside the booth, And on its rise to popularity. Memorable scenes include a drunken Cosell doing play by play during an Eagles game, Meredith at the Mile High Stadium literally "Mile High", and a scene where Cosell drops a lit cigarette butt(accidently) into Keith Jackson's trouser cuff during play-by-play, while Jackson, noticing his pants are on fire, nonchalantly pours his coffee onto the flame without missing a beat. But the main events center around Howard Cosell, who eventually became to stuck on himself and resulted in him resigning and never returning to the broadcast booth.

As to the acting, John Turturro lives up to being in the starring role and is excellent as Cosell. Heard gives another great performance as Arledge, Beyer and Anderson, whom I've never seen before are great as Meredith and Gifford, John's bother, Nicholas Turturro, puts in a strong performance as the director of the show, and Eli Wallach is great as always with the screen time that he is given.

all in all a very entertaining look into Monday Night Football. TNT does it again

10 out of 10


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