Bang the Drum Slowly Poster

Release Date: 1973

DVD Release Date: March 4th, 2003

PG|1 hr 36 min

Plot Summary
When hotshot pitcher Henry Wiggen (Michael Moriarty) is signed to the New York Mammoths, his confident ways quickly win over his teammates. He's quite the opposite of Bruce Pearson (Robert De Niro), the team's simpleminded catcher, who has difficulty connecting with others. But when Henry discovers that Bruce has been hiding that he was recently diagnosed with a fatal form of cancer, the unlikely pair become close. Despite Henry's efforts to look out for Bruce, however, team tensions rise.

Cast: Robert De Niro, Michael Moriarty, Vincent Gardenia, Phil Foster, Ann Wedgeworth, Patrick McVey, Heather MacRae, Selma Diamond

Director: John Hancock

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Paramount Pictures, Dibs Partnership, ANJS

Keywords: Hotel, Girlfriend, Friendship, Endearing, Underdog, Doctor, Sacrifice, Competition, New York City, 1970s


Nominated Actor in a Supporting Role