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Bang the Drum Slowly (26-Aug-1973)

Director: John D. Hancock

Writer: Mark Harris

From novel: Bang the Drum Slowly by Mark Harris

Keywords: Sports Drama, Baseball, Terminal Illness

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Danny Aiello
20-Jun-1933   The Last Don
Barbara Babcock
27-Feb-1937   Dorothy Jennings on Dr. Quinn
Robert De Niro
17-Aug-1943   The Godfather: Part II
Selma Diamond
5-Aug-1920 13-May-1985 Selma Hacker on Night Court
Vincent Gardenia
7-Jan-1922 9-Dec-1992 Cher's father in Moonstruck
Michael Moriarty
5-Apr-1941   ADA on Law & Order
Ann Wedgeworth
21-Jan-1935   Lana Shields on Three's Company


Review by Bill Stimson (posted on 8-Aug-2007)

The film tells a noble story, although "noble" is not a particularly welcome characteristic these days. But I find that the chaacterizations in the film are realistic and reminiscent of men that I knew in my youth, both good and bad. That's the beauty of the story---ordinary people, complete with their vices, can overcome these limitations and achieve a noble thing. Is this idea too incredible? Well, it is the basis of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. Have we suceeded, despite ourselves? I think so, and for the same reason that the New York Mammoths succeeded. Go see the movie. If you've already seen it, go see it again.

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