Bang the Drum Slowly

Synopsis: Henry Wiggen (Author to his friends) and Bruce Pearson are members of the New York Mammoths major league baseball team - Author the star pitcher, Bruce the catcher who never quite lived up to his potential - friends, and roommates when they're on the road. During the off season, Bruce is diagnosed with a terminal case of Hodgkin's disease. Author is the only person on the team who knows of Bruce's illness, with neither planning on telling anyone. Author takes extraordinary measures to ensure that he is playing ball with Bruce during what will probably be Bruce's final season before he can no longer play. Author looks after Bruce in part because Bruce is mentally a simple man who can easily be taken advantage of, especially by his opportunistic girlfriend Katie. As the season progresses, the team isn't quite gelling, despite being the best team on paper. But as information comes to light, the dynamic on the team changes to make it a memorable end of the season especially for Bruce, who
Genre: Drama, Sport
Director(s): John D. Hancock
Production: Paramount Pictures
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win.
Rotten Tomatoes:
96 min

from Good Hope."

In the catching department,

Dutch needed hope.

Come on, Piney,

eh? Let's go.

Okay, stand close.

Put your arms

around each other's shoulders.

I'd rather not.

I'm very high on him,

very high.

He's got all the tools.

He hits them a mile.

He runs like a deer.

His backside's one mile wide

by actual measurement

where his power is.

Drinks milk by the tons.

Who will stay?

Aw, how do I know

in February

who I'll love in April

when the flowers bloom, huh?

No, no, flowers

bloom in May.

It's April showers.

Smartest prospect

in years.

Henry, how many

catchers on a team?

Never that many.

Here's the premium

from George, Arthur.

Gracias, George.

George says,

"Sign your contract, Arthur."

Morning, Arthur, Holly.

- Hi.

- Hey, Ugly.

Uh, I believe this, uh,

brings my insurance up to date.

Keep it coming;

it's your future.

Well, uh, I have to save some

for the present, however

such as, uh, these little girls

running around here

with their eye

on handsome ball players.

How much

you holding out for?


Well, even if I believed you,

you'll never get it

but as a veteran

of many a holdout

let me give you

a piece of sound advice:

Don't hang in the park

because your eye gleams,

your hand itches

and you wish

you were playing ball.

It shines through, Arthur,

and it'll cost you money.

It's the boss.

Don't be too comical;

just answer it.

Let it ring awhile.

Fishing pier;

tapeworms for sale.

Hey, Arthur, how

about coming down

and playing a game

of duo tegwar?

It's not the boss;

it's Joe Jaros.

Arthur, come on down.

This place is

swimming with fish.

All right, we'll be right down.

Who's "we"?

Well, me and Bruce.

Bruce Pearson?

Yeah, um... him

and me played

quite a bit of tegwar

over the winter.

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