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With: Michael Moriarty, Robert De Niro, Vincent Gardenia
Written by: Mark Harris
Directed by: John D. Hancock
MPAA Rating: PG
Running Time: 96
Date: 08/26/1973

Bang the Drum Slowly (1973)

3 Stars (out of 4)

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By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Robert De Niro stars as Bruce Pearson -- a not-too-bright catcher for a fictional New York team -- who is dying of Hodgkin's disease. Michael Moriarty plays his best friend, the pitcher who tries to make De Niro's last season a good one by keeping his disease a secret. Vincent Gardenia has a great supporting role as the team's manager who tries to figure out what's going on. It's a good film, avoiding all the obvious goop and the "big game" cliché at the climax. But characters' unquestioned goodwill is a bit troublesome and the film has a dreariness that's hard to shake. The disc comes with no extras.

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