Vous voulez voir cette page en français ? Cliquez ici.

CDN$ 46.97 + CDN$ 3.49 shipping
In Stock. Sold by thebookcommunity_ca

or
Sign in to turn on 1-Click ordering.
More Buying Choices
raremoviefi... Add to Cart
CDN$ 49.99
M and N Media Canada Add to Cart
CDN$ 50.85
Pink Lady DVD Add to Cart
CDN$ 55.00
Have one to sell? Sell yours here

Bang the Drum Slowly (Widescreen)

Michael Moriarty , Robert De Niro , John D. Hancock    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
Price: CDN$ 46.97
o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o
Only 1 left in stock.
Ships from and sold by thebookcommunity_ca.
Today Only: Ice Age Collection for $31.99
Today only: The "Ice Age Giftset" is at a one-day special price, featuring Ice Age, Ice Age: The Meltdown, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, Ice Age: Continental Drift, and Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas Special. Offer valid on April 19th, 2014, applies only to purchases of products sold by Amazon.ca, and does not apply to products sold by third-party merchants and other sellers through the Amazon.ca site. Learn more

Frequently Bought Together

Customers buy this Movies & TV with Babe, the [Import] CDN$ 7.11

Bang the Drum Slowly (Widescreen) + Babe, the [Import]
Price For Both: CDN$ 54.08

These items are shipped from and sold by different sellers. Show details

  • This item: Bang the Drum Slowly (Widescreen)

    In Stock.
    Ships from and sold by thebookcommunity_ca.
    CDN$ 3.49 shipping.

  • Babe, the [Import]

    In Stock.
    Ships from and sold by dodax-online.
    CDN$ 3.49 shipping.


What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?


Product Details


Product Description

Amazon.ca

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

Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought


Customer Reviews

Most helpful customer reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A Bittersweet Film that Delivers July 9 2009
By Moodywoody TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Bang the Drum Slowly could have been a maudlin film designed to create tears, such as Love Story in 1970, but both director John Hancock and writer Mark Harris brilliantly avoid this trap by focusing on the courage and dignity of the dying catcher, Bruce Pearson (played by DeNiro), his friendship with the team's star pitcher, Henry Wiggen (played by Michael Moriarty), and the romance of the game of baseball. The film is bittersweet in that it is sad to see the death of a young man in his prime, but the film is also a celebration of the human spirit and how it deals with adversity, and in some ways, it is also a celebration of the beauty and magic of the game of baseball.

Robert DeNiro was an unknown actor when he did this film, and his performance in this film is magnificent. His character is so believable that he is able to convey to the audience aspects of Bruce Pearson and his life without words. The audience senses it knows more of the man than what is actually explained in the film simply by judging the personality presented by DeNiro's acting. As a result, this was a break out performance for DeNiro, and led to a marvelous film career. In fact, it could be argued that his performance in Bang the Drum Slowly may be his finest performance on film. It is that good.

Michael Moriarty is also excellent in this film. He displays the charisma and talent of a major movie star, and one cannot help but be surprised that he did not have a greater film career than he did.
Read more ›
Was this review helpful to you?
5.0 out of 5 stars Unforgettable Movie! June 18 2004
Format:VHS Tape
This is the film that you will not forget.This is a story of two roommates attempting to get through one final season. Michael plays the role of a pitcher who is the roommate of Robert DeNiro who plays the role of the catcher.DeNiro is
diagnosed with Hodgkins disease. Michael as his roommate and
intimate friend helps DeNiro cope with Hodgkins as well as
make the season to the end. This is one of the more touching
films that I have watched.It would compare to "Brian's Song"
as far as being emotional.DeNiro,in this movie definitely showed
signs of great things to come for him.And,who could ever forget
the haunting song that accompanied the movie.A definite must see.
Was this review helpful to you?
4.0 out of 5 stars Superb movie but needs extras April 24 2004
Format:DVD
"Bang the Drum Slowly" is a line taken from the cowboy dirge "The Steets of Laredo" which is about a cowboy dying young."Bang the Drum Slowly" which is based on a novel by the same name, is about a dying dim-witted, country boy catcher and a sophisticated, star pitcher. The catcher (Pearson), played by Robert DeNiro, is dying from Hogkin's disease and the only one who knows about it is the Michael Moriarty character (Arthur). The story goes on how Arthur is suddenly nice to Pearson. No one knows why and everyone becomes more resentful of Pearson. Slowly everyone learns that Pearson is dying and starts to treat Pearson nicer. In addition, the team, a talented but bickering group of ballplayers, are finally united because of Pearson's condition and go on to win the series. The continued subtle references to the business side of baseball pulls us back to the harsh reality of life and prevents the movie from being too corny. The movie is superb, but the DVD would have been better if some extras were included especially if there were something about history of free agency in baseball. $124,000 is not even the the base pay of today's rookie major leaguer, but in 1974 (when the movie was made) this was a huge amount of money. 1974 was also significant because this was the year that Andy Messersmith of the Dodger's challenged the reserve clause and became the first free agent.
Was this review helpful to you?
4.0 out of 5 stars From here on in, I rag nobody....... June 16 2003
Format:VHS Tape
"Plain old mother talk aint no ways strong enough to describe such a terrible mixup is life, Arthur. But I swear, my son's been handed one s**t deal!"
One of the finer movies of its era, Bang the Drum Slowly is the story of a big-league pitcher, superbly played by Michael Moriarty, and his roommate, a catcher dieing from Hodgkin's disease played by a young Robert DeNiro in a wonderful performance that will come as a surprise to many used to the, by now familiar, DeNiro persona. Here he is a dumb-as-dirt, but amiable Georgia farm boy and he is absolutely believable in the role.
A touching story told with great humor, I think it one of the best baseball movies made, though it really isn't about baseball. This is the 70's, before super star salaries and temperaments have forever changed the game, when Managers were still King and the top salary of an ace pitcher was 100K. The film is told at a leisurely pace, 70's style, somewhat episodically, which will put some off.
Quite frankly I loved the sidetrips and distractions, because it allows a great cast to all have their moments. Vincent Gardenia as Dutch, the prototypical big league Manager "Never mind the facts, give me details" a cigarette forever planted on his lower lip, ashes dripping down his chest; Phil Foster hooking unsuspecting fans to play TEGWAR (The Exciting Game Without Any Rules)with himself & Arthur; Patick McVey as the father; Marshall Ephron as the weasely Bradley; the scheming Ann Wedgewood: Selma Diamond, Danny Aiello and others.
The story is narrated by Moriarty, and that narration and much of the dialogue is done in beautifully articulate mangled English. It feels lived-in.
Read more ›
Was this review helpful to you?
Want to see more reviews on this item?
Most recent customer reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Film Finally out in DVD Version
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 more
Published on June 15 2003
3.0 out of 5 stars Half as good as the novel, but not bad.
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 more
Published on April 19 2003
2.0 out of 5 stars Too Slow!
Expected more from this movie - although DeNiro was good as usual.
Published on Nov. 30 2001
4.0 out of 5 stars PERFECT TITLE FOR A GREAT FILM
In the Mark Harris novel (which I suggest you read before watching the movie) Henry Wiggen, the narrator, often says to himself "Lay it on thin, boys. Read more
Published on May 24 2001 by "craig_paul"
4.0 out of 5 stars This is the "Brian's Song" of baseball movies
I first saw this movie some twenty years ago and certain of the images have stuck with me all that time. Read more
Published on Aug. 11 2000
4.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece of Americana
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 more
Published on March 4 2000 by Zach Derhodge
4.0 out of 5 stars An early film in the career of Robert DeNiro
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 more
Published on Oct. 20 1999
3.0 out of 5 stars terrible baseball facts
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 more
Published on Aug. 3 1999
4.0 out of 5 stars Bang the Drum resonates with emotional meaning
'Bang the Drum Slowly' is the best type of film. It is engaging while you are watching it, and you still think about it days after you last saw it. Read more
Published on March 3 1999
Search Customer Reviews
Only search this product's reviews
ARRAY(0xaddb0d5c)

Look for similar items by category


Feedback