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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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Tootsie, Hotel switchboard operator
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Tom Signorelli ...
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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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Though the uniforms appear to be New York Yankee uniforms, they're actually the New York Mammoths. See more »

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Henry Wiggen: Oh Katie, honey, why don't you get yourself married and raise yourself some exemptions.
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Streets of Loredo (The Cowboy's Lament)
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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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