Bang the Drum Slowly

Bang the Drum Slowly

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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.