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Bang the Drum Slowly

PG In Theaters 08/26/1973 , 96min.
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Plot & Details

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.


Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1973 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Supporting Actor Vincent Gardenia Nominated

National Board of Review

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1973 National Board of Review Best Picture Nominated

New York Film Critics Circle

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1973 New York Film Critics Circle Best Supporting Actor Robert De Niro Won

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