Bang the Drum Slowly

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A guaranteed tear-jerker, Bang the Drum Slowly centers on professional baseball player Bruce Pearson Robert DeNiro and his team mate Henry Wiggen Michael Moriarty, who supported Bruce to the bitter end after learning that the young catcher was diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease and would soon die. When hayseed Pearson first joined the team, he and Wiggen, the team's red-hot pitcher were oil and water. The other team members were none to thrilled to have Pearson on their team. Wiggen changes his attitude when he ...
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Overview

A guaranteed tear-jerker, Bang the Drum Slowly centers on professional baseball player Bruce Pearson Robert DeNiro and his team mate Henry Wiggen Michael Moriarty, who supported Bruce to the bitter end after learning that the young catcher was diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease and would soon die. When hayseed Pearson first joined the team, he and Wiggen, the team's red-hot pitcher were oil and water. The other team members were none to thrilled to have Pearson on their team. Wiggen changes his attitude when he learns of Pearson's illness, and when the other team members find out, they too become more helpful until the inevitably teary ending. Look for popular character actor Danny Aiello in his feature film debut. The story is based on a novel by screenwriter Mark Harris and was first filmed for television.
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Special Features

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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/24/2013
  • UPC: 883929311996
  • Original Release: 1973
  • Rating:

  • Source: Paramount Catalog
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:37:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 20,210

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
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Bang the Drum Slowly
1. No Rules [5:41]
2. Piney Woods [8:07]
3. The Clause [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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Disc #1 -- Bang the Drum Slowly
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Cast, Great Story

    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.

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