Bang the Drum Slowly
BANG THE DRUM SLOWLY (15)
D: John Hancock
Paramount (Maurice Rosenfield & Lois Rosenfield)
USA 🇺🇸 1973
W: Mark Harris [based on his novel]
DP: Richard Shore
Ed: Richard Marks
Mus: Stephen Lawrence
PD: Robert Gundlach
Michael Moriarty (Henry Wiggen), Robert DeNiro (Bruce Pearson), Vincent Gardenia (Dutch Schnell), Phil Foster (Joe Jaros), Ann Wedgeworth (Katie), Pat McVey (Mr Pearson), Heather MacRae (Holly Wiggen)
A rather old-fashioned tearjerker centred around a baseball star who is diagnosed with leukaemia, and his team mates who rally around in support for his plight.
It has a handful of very strong supporting performances, especially Robert DeNiro in one of his very early roles.
There's no crying in baseball??? Yeah, sure.
Did You Know:
To prepare for his role, Robert De Niro went to Florida to watch baseball teams in spring training, then travelled to Georgia and tape recorded conversations to study their accents.