Monday Night Mayhem
Monday Night Mayhem is a 2002 television film about the origin of ABC's television series Monday Night Football. It debuted on the U.S. cable TV network TNT. It was based on the 1988 nonfiction book of the same title by Marc Gunther and Bill Carter.
|Monday Night Mayhem|
|Written by||Bill Carter|
|Directed by||Ernest Dickerson|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Executive producer(s)||Leslie Greif|
|Producer(s)||Tiffany McLinn Lore|
|Running time||98 minutes|
- John Turturro as Howard Cosell
- John Heard as Roone Arledge
- Kevin Anderson as Frank Gifford
- Nicholas Turturro as Chet Forte
- Brad Beyer as Don Meredith
- Patti LuPone as Emmy Cosell
- Eli Wallach as Leonard Goldenson
- Shuler Hensley as Keith Jackson
- Jay Thomas as Pete Rozelle
- Brennan Brown as Bob Goodrich
- Chad L. Coleman as O.J. Simpson
Filming took place in New York, New Jersey, and other locations by Turner Network Television.
Larry Stewart of the Los Angeles Times gave the film a negative review, writing, "The book was good, the movie isn’t. It appears to be cheaply made and the characters, particularly Frank Gifford and Don Meredith, are not believable. John Turturro does a decent job portraying Cosell, but his performance isn’t enough to save the movie." Stewart concludes, "It doesn’t come close to matching a documentary HBO did a couple of years ago titled “Cosell.”"
The movie was released on DVD on September 10, 2002.
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