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The story of the friendship between a star pitcher, wise to the world, and a half-wit catcher, as they cope with the catcher's terminal illness through a baseball season.
Only those with ice water in their veins won't get misty-eyed watching this moving film about the friendship of two professional baseball players, one of whom--in every sense--is playing his last season. A pre-stardom Robert De Niro portrays a rather simple-minded rookie catcher who comes under the wing of a veteran pitcher (Michael Moriarty). When De Niro's character is diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease, Moriarty tries to help him get through one more season. Directed by John Hancock and based on the novel by Mark Harris (who also wrote the screenplay), the film builds on baseball's ability to foster its own lore of courage, nobility, loyalty, and--sadly--tragedy. Watching the youthful De Niro and Moriarty, with all that promise in their bones, adds to the overall romance of the film today. Also appearing are Vincent Gardenia and Danny Aiello. A perennial favorite for many. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This is the film that you will not forget.This is a story of two roommates attempting to get through one final season. Read morePublished on June 18 2004 by Melvin Hunt
Bang the Drum Slowly is a film for anyone who loves sublime acting, droll humor, and a moving story that celebrates the human spirit. Read morePublished on June 15 2003
I've always thought that this movie version of Mark Harris's wonderful novel was overrated. Moriarty is excellent, DeNiro pretty good (though it's not even close to the stunning... Read morePublished on April 19 2003
I first saw this movie some twenty years ago and certain of the images have stuck with me all that time. Read morePublished on Aug. 11 2000
Bang the Drum Slowly is quite possibly the best baseball film ever. It rivals Sayles' 8 Men Out and Field Of Dreams and stands alone as a very complex and emotional portrayal of a... Read morePublished on March 4 2000 by Zach Derhodge
This film about life behind-the-scenes in professional baseball is really quite good even though all baseball fans know the story and the team are fictitious. Read morePublished on Oct. 20 1999
A moving story but not one to watch for the baseball aspect. They had the Mammoths playing AL and NL teams during the season, over 20 years before inter league play. Read morePublished on Aug. 3 1999