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Bang the Drum Slowly (1973)

 -  Drama | Sport  -  12 May 1978 (Finland)
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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.

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Joe Jaros
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Katie
Patrick McVey ...
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Holly Wiggen
Selma Diamond ...
Tootsie, Hotel switchboard operator
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Piney Woods
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Ugly
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Bradley
Danny Burks ...
Perry
Tom Signorelli ...
Goose Williams
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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... Written by Huggo

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12 May 1978 (Finland)  »

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Das letzte Spiel  »

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The TV performance of the "Singing Mammoths", was also shot at Shea Stadium on the set of "Kiner's Korner" - the post game show of New York Mets telecasts, hosted by Met broadcaster, and Hall of Fame outfielder, Ralph Kiner. See more »

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During a rainstorm, the grounds crew is shown pulling the tarp over the field. After a locker room scene, the next exterior shot shows only the home plate area covered, and the rest of the field open to the rain. See more »

Quotes

Henry Wiggen: These are Fifth and Two. Fifth and Queen.
Joe Jaros: Red Rooster.
[long pause, then Tegawar Player lays a 3. Joe slams down his cards]
Joe Jaros: BANJO! Ha-HAAAA! That's the first natural Banjo since the days of Joe Dimaggio in St. Petersburg.
Henry Wiggen: Hey, wait a minute. Fifteen and Fifteen's Thirty-One.
Tegwar Player: Hey, what's the name of this game?
Joe Jaros: Fifteen and Fifteen is Thirty-TWO!
Henry Wiggen: Thirry-T... oh, that's right.
[to Tegwar player]
Henry Wiggen: That's a Double Honeybees.
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Referenced in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air: Bang the Drum, Ashley (1990) See more »

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Streets of Loredo (The Cowboy's Lament)
Performed and sung by Tom Ligon
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Great acting and Great story
16 September 2008 | by (Boston,USA) – See all my reviews

This is one of De Niro's early movies and his performance is nothing short of great.If one wants to observe Bobby's range of acting skills then this one is a must watch.The script is excellent and this is Al Pacino's favorite movie! I am really surprised that this film did not win many awards.De Niro's performance was worthy of an Oscar nomination.I would recommend this movie and it is a must have in your De Niro DVD collection.You would find De Niro's performance very unique compared to his other legendary works from the 70s.I only wish we could see more about Bruce's character....

Bottomline:One of the best movies on sport!


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