Bang The Drum Slowly
Bang The Drum Slowly (1973)

In this film, hayseed Bruce Pearson joins a professional baseball team. The team members were none to thrilled to have Pearson on their team. However, pitcher Henry Wiggen changes his attitude when he learns that the young catcher has… More

Rated: PG
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Release Date: January 1, 1973
DVD Release Date: March 4, 2003
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Bang the Drum Slowly is a touching melodrama that explores the inner workings of a baseball club and its players' personalities with remarkable depth.

Don Druker
Chicago Reader

The material is trite, but Hancock's slow-motion treatment of the experience of athletic performance is adroit and graceful.

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Roger Greenspun
New York Times

It is one of those rare instances in which close adaptation of a good book has resulted in possibly an even better movie.

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Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media

Talky, leisurely, and poetic baseball drama.

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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

A funny, gentle and honestly sentimental movie that is easily one of the best of the year in any category, and very possibly the best movie about sport ever made in this country.

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Alan Jones
Radio Times

Until Field of Dreams came along, director John Hancock's moving buddy drama held the title of the best baseball movie ever made.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It was first filmed for television, where it seems best suited as a 'disease of the week' movie.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Never before has a movie considered the game from the inside out.

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Emanuel Levy

This sports melodrama about a dying athlete is sentimental and predictable, but it's also very well acted by the young De Niro, Vincente Gardenia and Michael Moriarty.

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Scott Weinberg

Mention this flick to any guy over 40 and watch him get all weepy.

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Flixster Audience Score: 62% Flixster User Reviews
Mark Walker
In 1973, two films were released that featured two very different performances from a young Robert DeNiro. One was his first collaboration with director Martin… More
Eric Broome
A classic tearjerker? Not so much. "Bang the Drum Slowly" is a remake of a '50s television production, and is presumably inferior to the… More
Aj V
The most boring baseball movie I've ever seen, and I like baseball, but I couldn't get into this movie. The plot is predictable, and the characters… More
Stephen Skudlarek
A baseball classic...this is such a great story. I love this film. De Niro and Moriarty are awesome in this film.
Devon Bott
It's a slow-paced little movie about ball players, and one happens to be dying of an incurable disease. It doesn't jump off the screen and captivate… More
Mike T.
A sweet, compassionate picture that ultimately comes out mediocre. Failing to find a nice balance between comedy and tragedy, the movie meanders along without… More