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Bang the Drum Slowly
     

Bang the Drum Slowly

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Director: John Hancock, Robert De Niro, Michael Moriarty, Vincent Gardenia

Cast: John Hancock, Robert De Niro, Michael Moriarty, Vincent Gardenia

 

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John Hancock directs Robert De Niro in one of his great early performances in Bang the Drum Slowly, which comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. English subtitles are accessible. There are no supplemental

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John Hancock directs Robert De Niro in one of his great early performances in Bang the Drum Slowly, which comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. English subtitles are accessible. There are no supplemental materials of any consequence. This is a decent disc from Paramount that does boast solid picture quality.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
Masterfully acted and mercifully restrained, the screen version of Mark Harris's novel Bang the Drum Slowly is a genuinely moving account of an unusual friendship between two baseball players. Though a story about mortally ill mediocre New York catcher Bruce Pearson and his bond with his star pitcher roommate Henry Wiggen has the potential for bathos, director John Hancock and writer Harris eschew lingering tearful farewells and prolonged death scenes. Along with stylized game sequences (shot on-location at Shea and Yankee Stadiums), Hancock mines emotion from Wiggen's laconically fierce protectiveness and Pearson's barely articulate yet palpable appreciation for his friendship, and the team ensemble provides moments of gentle comic relief. Michael Moriarity shines as Wiggen, while Robert De Niro's simple Southern boy Pearson was light years away from his hopped up performance as Mean Streets' volatile Johnny Boy. Greeted with rave reviews for its heart and delicacy, Bang the Drum Slowly helped make De Niro a star and earned him a New York Critics' Circle prize. Vincent Gardenia, though, got the Oscar nomination for his humorously suspicious manager Dutch Schnell.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/04/2003
UPC:
0097360873245
Original Release:
1973
Rating:
PG
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono]
Time:
1:37:00
Sales rank:
14,265

Special Features

Closed Caption; Widescreen version enhanced for 16:9 TVs; English subtitles; Dolby Digital: English mono

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert De Niro Bruce Pearson
Michael Moriarty Henry Wiggen
Vincent Gardenia Dutch Schnell
Phil Foster Joe Jaros
Ann Wedgeworth Katie
Heather MacRae Holly Wiggen
Donny Burks Perry
Pierrino Mascarino Sid Goldman
Andrew Jarrell Ugly Jones
Tony Major Jonah
Marshall Erwin Efron Bradley Lord
Tom Signorelli Goose Williams
Hector Elias Diego
Nicholas Surovy Aleck Olson
Danny Aiello Horse
Hector Troy George
Barton Heyman Red Traphagen
Jack Hollander Legwar Player
Ernesto Gonzalez Dr. Chambers
Alan Manson Doc Loftus
Patrick McVey Pearson's Father
Selma Diamond Tootsie
Barbara Babcock Team Owner
Maurice Rosenfield Team Owner
Tom Ligon Piney Woods

Technical Credits
John Hancock Director
William Badalato Producer
John Bolz Sound/Sound Designer
Robert Gundlach Production Designer
Mark Harris Screenwriter
Stephen Lawrence Score Composer
Richard Marks Editor
Lois Rosenfield Producer
Maurice Rosenfield Producer
Richard Shore Cinematographer
Allan Wertheim Asst. Director

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. No Rules [5:41]
2. Piney Woods [8:07]
3. The Caluse [7:11]
4. Advice From Arthur [5:42]
5. Team Conflicts [7:44]
6. Persistent [7:10]
7. Change of Beneficiary [3:41]
8. Locker Room Speech [5:33]
9. False Alarm [3:17]
10. More Lies [6:51]
11. A Frustrated Pitcher [5:55]
12. Adjustments [7:05]
13. Singing Mammoths [11:08]
14. Last Game [7:32]
15. Saying Goodbye [4:58]

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Bang the Drum Slowly 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Usually ranked in the top 10 of all-time baseball movies, "Bang the Drum Slowly" is full of viewer surprises. Hearing the plot, you might dismiss it as a baseball "Brian's Song," but it's actually a funny, very human story of an unlikely friendship between a star pitcher and journeyman catcher. The cast members would later go on to success in film, TV and theatre to a stunning degree (Moriarty, DeNiro, Gardenia, Signorelli, Babcock, Wedgeworth and Aiello). BTDS debuted the same year as "Mean Streets" giving the film world an early insight into the breadth of DeNiro's acting talents. Of all the fine performances, Vince Gardenia's harried coach is the standout; he justifiably was nominated for an Oscar as Best Supporting Actor. The baseball, BTW, is convincing and compelling, though the film's low-budget look has not aged well. However, the story, adapted from one of Mark Harris' four Henry Wiggen novels by Harris himself, has held up quite well. Highly recommended.