Bang the Drum Slowly (1973)

Bang the Drum Slowly (1973)

Released: 1973
Genre: Drama, Genre, Sport
Director: John D. Hancock
Starring: Vincent Gardenia, Robert De Niro, Michael Moriarty, ,
Run time: 96 min
IMDb: 6.9/10
Country: USA
Views: 39279

Synopsis

Storyline:
Henry Wiggen (Author to his friends) and Bruce Pearson are members of the New York Mammoths major league baseball team – Author the star pitcher, Bruce the catcher who never quite lived up to his potential – friends, and roommates when they’re on the road. During the off season, Bruce is diagnosed with a terminal case of Hodgkin’s disease. Author is the only person on the team who knows of Bruce’s illness, with neither planning on telling anyone. Author takes extraordinary measures to ensure that he is playing ball with Bruce during what will probably be Bruce’s final season before he can no longer play. Author looks after Bruce in part because Bruce is mentally a simple man who can easily be taken advantage of, especially by his opportunistic girlfriend Katie. As the season progresses, the team isn’t quite gelling, despite being the best team on paper. But as information comes to light, the dynamic on the team changes to make it a memorable end of the season especially for Bruce, who…
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User Reviews: Good sports movies are hard to come by. Sure, there are a lot that are pretty decent, the ones that truly strike a chord seem to have been made mostly in the 70’s, and this one is included. DeNiro plays a struggling catcher on the Yankees who finds out hes’s dying, and Moriarty plays the pitcher. They’re two completely different characters who form a bond with each other throughout the last year or so of the catcher’s life. And though it still somehow gets centered mainly on Moriarty until the pivotal points of the movie, DeNiro still amazes, as the slow witted catcher with a problem that he doesn’t want to tell anyone, so as not to get pity. This is real story with baseball as the backdrop, and that’s how it should be done, to get real sports movies.

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