In the 1973 remake of “Bang the Drum Slowly,” Henry Wiggen, a star pitcher, finds out his less-skilled teammate, Bruce Pearson, is terminally ill. Henry fights to keep Bruce on the team for one final season. Featuring a pre-fame Robert De Niro as Bruce, the film shifts locker room indifference to genuine camaraderie, thanks to Henry’s loyalty.

The movie stands out for its focus on friendship and mortality over baseball action. As Bruce’s health declines, the team unites in a way that goes beyond the sport. The film, noted for its strong performances and storytelling, serves as a heartfelt take on friendship and human dignity.

Bang the Drum Slowly | March 9, 1978 (Netherlands) 6.8
Director: John D. HancockWriter: Mark HarrisStars: Michael Moriarty, Robert De Niro, Vincent GardeniaSummary: The story of the friendship between a worldly-wise star pitcher and a half-wit catcher as they cope with the catcher's terminal illness through a baseball season.


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