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Bang the Drum Slowly (Widescreen)


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  • Actors: Michael Moriarty, Robert De Niro, Vincent Gardenia, Phil Foster, Ann Wedgeworth
  • Directors: John D. Hancock
  • Writers: Mark Harris
  • Producers: Maurice Rosenfield, Lois Rosenfield
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: PG
  • Studio: Paramount
  • Release Date: March 4 2003
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00007LP8K
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #32,896 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)


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By Moodywoody TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 9 2009
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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