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The '86 Mets were a team of outlaws who brought a Wild West attitude to Queens, earning the love of a city and a World Series trophy.
The '86 Mets were a team of outlaws who brought a Wild West attitude to Queens, earning the love of a city and a World Series trophy.
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So as the 30th anniversary of that season approaches, 1986 Mets: The Movie explores what made the team so great, the year so memorable, the story so New York, and why it couldn’t last.

Why the '86 Mets?: They were the last championship team in New York to reflect the true identity of the city that never sleeps. They were the perfect sports eulogy of a pre-Bloomberg New York. And Game 6 takes its place among legendary World Series games--while that whole series stands out in baseball fans' minds as one of the greatest, most outrageous series ever played--so that ANYONE who truly loves the game of baseball will want this film to be made ...  Also: Every Met fan on Earth wants this film made.

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 (Kevin Mitchell on how being Calvin Schiraldi's roommate ended up helping him in Game 6.)

 Why the '86 Mets in 2014?: The 30th anniversary of that championship season is coming up! And we don't need retired numbers or commemorative plaques to celebrate the beloved '86ers. 

We need you!!! To bring this project up to major league level, we've started this Kickstarter campaign--its success will allow us to complete this film. Interviews have already begun, now we need funds for the following:

  • Travel, such as to California to film Kevin Mitchell and Jesse Orosco playing a cutthroat round of golf; film Pastor Darryl Strawberry preaching at his home base in Missouri
  • Fund research, equipment, filming, insurance, editing, music, post-production
  • And acquire the all-important (and expensive) rights to the footage you want to see! Like the sweep of the Cardinals that propelled the Mets to the top where they never looked back; the curtain calls; the brawls; the playoffs against Mike Scott and the Astros; and, of course, Game 6.

We have terrific perks set up for you, including raw footage of our interviews, film credits, parties, and even the chance to come along with us on a shoot!

From our interview with Lenny Dykstra, January 2014
From our interview with Lenny Dykstra, January 2014

'86 Mets is Executive Produced by Michael J. Weithorn, creator of The King of Queens, and features: 

  • Bill Buckner admitting that he misses hanging out with Mookie Wilson if he doesn't see him for awhile. (See above clip.)
  • Darryl Strawberry preaching about Strawberry Ministries, his calling beyond baseball 
  • Lenny Dykstra revealing that "Nails" was just a character he played for the fans 
  • Doc Gooden talking about how '86 was the year baseball stopped being a game and started to be a job 
  • Kevin Mitchell on his one glorious year as a Met and why it was only a year
  • '86 Mets Chaplain Fr Daniel Murphy confessing that "scum bunch" member Jesse Orosco was also a dutiful churchgoer who asked to bring Communion gifts to the altar on Christmas Eve, 1986.  
Doc Gooden's screensaver, from our interview on March 2014
Doc Gooden's screensaver, from our interview on March 2014

The film also stars Jeff "The Bad Guys Won" Pearlman, Shelly "Let's Go Mets" Palmer, Rudy Giuliani, Chuck Schumer, Charles Grodin, and writer Paul Auster, and the push is on to get Met fans Chris Rock and Jerry Seinfeld, as well as Sox fans Denis Leary and Matt Damon. 

3 Roads on the job, 2013
3 Roads on the job, 2013

Who are you? Director Heather Quinlan is a lifelong Met fan whose favorite '86 player was Sid Fernandez. She spent her late '80s summers listening to Steve Sommers on the FAN and Bob Murphy do the play-by-play when the game was on Sports Channel. She is a member of the Bill Webb Fan Club.

Heather's previous Kickstarter campaign for her film "If These Knishes Could Talk: The Story of the New York Accent" was named Kickstarter's "Project of the Day" and was featured on Thirteen's MetroFocus, Huffington Post, Gothamist, and the New York Times

Producer 3 Roads Communications' latest documentary, Rescue in the Philippines, was on the short-list for last year's Academy Award nomination, got rave reviews from the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times, and has aired on Public Television more than 1,600 times. 3 Roads' owners, Russ Hodge and Cyndi Scott-Johnson, are Yankee and Red Sox fans, though they know a good story when they see one.

We got the teamwork to make the dream work!!!!!! Let's Go Mets!!!!!!!

Photo the director took at the 1986 Ticker Tape Parade when she was 12
Photo the director took at the 1986 Ticker Tape Parade when she was 12

Risks and challenges

We'd thought one of our biggest risks would be getting the players to sit down for interviews, but so far we've been very successful! The next step will be to work with the Mets organization and MLB to tell the '86 Mets' story with as much heart and soul as we put in to being fans. We'll keep you posted!

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