Bang the Drum Slowly was a remake of the 1956 movie. Here, a baseball player with limited intellect has a terminal illness, and bonds with his smarter and better skilled teammate. The movie received critical acclaim for its lead and supporting performances. Guaranteed to please fans of emotionally potent tearjerkers.

Bang the Drum Slowly (1973) Drama, Sport | 96min | 9 March 1978 (Netherlands) 7.0
Director: John D. HancockWriter: Mark HarrisStars: Michael Moriarty, Robert De Niro, Vincent GardeniaSummary: 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.


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