The Brian’s Song of baseball movies.

Bang the Drum Slowly tells the story of a star New York Yankees pitcher, Henry ‘Author’ Wiggen (Michael Moriarty), who befriends a dimwitted hick catcher, Bruce Pearson (Robert De Niro), as they share the secret of Bruce’s terminal cancer.

I didn’t know what to expect from this movie, but Baseball America has it as their 3rd best baseball movie, so I figured I would give it a shot.


A few funny moments and dialogue goes well with the somber feel to this movie. Not as much baseball as heartfelt story of friendship, but entertaining nonetheless.

Bang the Drum Slowly  is rated 6.9/10 on IMDB and is 88% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.