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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. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi

  • Release date:August 26, 1973

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
New York Film Critics Circle Robert De Niro Best Supporting Actor 1973 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Vincent Gardenia Best Supporting Actor 1973 Nominee

Cast

Robert De Niro
as Bruce Pearson
Michael Moriarty
as Henry Wiggen
Vincent Gardenia
as Dutch Schnell
Phil Foster
as Joe Jaros
Ann Wedgeworth
as Katie
Heather MacRae
as Holly Wiggen
Donny Burks
as Perry
Pierrino Mascarino
as Sid Goldman
Tony Major
as Jonah
Marshall Erwin Efron
as Bradley Lord
Tom Signorelli
as Goose Williams
Hector Elias
as Diego
Nicholas Surovy
as Aleck Olson
Danny Aiello
as Horse
Hector Troy
as George
Barton Heyman
as Red Traphagen
Jack Hollander
as Legwar Player
Ernesto Gonzalez
as Dr. Chambers
Patrick McVey
as Pearson's Father
Barbara Babcock
as Team Owner
Maurice Rosenfield
as Team Owner
Tom Ligon
as Piney Woods
Tom Signorelli
as Goose Williams
Hector Elias
as Diego
Patrick McVey
as Pearson's Father
Hector Troy
as George
Maurice Rosenfield
as Team Owner
Donny Burks
as Perry
Barbara Babcock
as Team Owner
Ernesto Gonzalez
as Dr. Chambers
Tony Major
as Jonah
Jack Hollander
as Legwar Player
Pierrino Mascarino
as Sid Goldman
Barton Heyman
as Red Traphagen
Nicholas Surovy
as Aleck Olson
Danny Aiello
as Horse
Marshall Erwin Efron
as Bradley Lord

Crew

John Hancock
Director
Lois Rosenfield
Producer
Maurice Rosenfield
Producer
William Badalato
Producer
Richard Marks
Editor
Robert Gundlach
Production Designer
Allan Wertheim
First Assistant Director
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