Monday Night Mayhem (2002)
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
John Turturro Howard Cosell
John Heard Roone Arledge
Kevin Anderson Frank Gifford
Nicholas Turturro Chet Forte
Brad Beyer Don Meredith
Patti LuPone Emmy Cosell
Jay Thomas Pete Rozelle
Eli Wallach Leonard Goldenson
Zak Orth Don Ohlmeyer
Shuler Hensley Keith Jackson
Movie Details
Genre Drama; Sport
Director Ernest R. Dickerson
Producer Bryan Gawron; Leslie Greif
Writer Bill Carter; Marc Gunther
Studio TNT; Turner Home Ent
Language English
Audience Rating NR
Running Time 1 hr 30 mins
Country USA
Color Color
Just as Jon Voight 's on-target portrayal of controversial sportscaster Howard Cosell ) in the 2002 biopic Ali was making the theatrical rounds, actor John Turturro offered his own spin on "Humble Howard" in the made-for-cable movie Monday Night Mayhem . Based on the book by Bill Carter and Marc Gunther , the film chronicles the creation of ABC Television's Monday Night Football telecast in 1970, then continues with the weekly telecast's rapid ascent to the top of the ratings. Reasoning that such a momentous undertaking needed a spectacular "star" lineup in the announcing booth, ABC's aggressive sports director Roone Arledge ( John Heard ) teams the highly opinionated, irritatingly erudite Cosell with not one but two charismatic ex-athletes, "Dandy Don" Meredith ( Brad Beyer ) and Frank Gifford ( Kevin Anderson ). The film makes much of Cosell's open disdain towards his "intellectually inferior" co-anchors and of Meredith and Gifford's reaction to their booth-mate's jibes, and also recreates many of Monday Night Football 's highlights, notably Cosell's announcement in the middle of an important game that John Lennon has just been murdered. Monday Night Mayhem originally aired on January 14, 2002, not on ABC (surprise, surprise!) but as part of the TNT cable network's prime time lineup. — Hal Erickson
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Index 489
Collection Status In Collection
Purchase Date 9/8/03
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Owner NF
Links IMDB
Amazon US
Folder 004
Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio Standard 1.33:1 Color
Layers Single side, single layer
UPC 053939664423
Chapters 26
Release Date 9/10/02
Subtitles English; Spanish; French
Packaging Snap Case
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
FRENCH: Dolby Digital Stereo
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
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