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Bang the Drum Slowly (1973)

9. Bang the Drum Slowly (1973)

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Before Robert De Niro was Vito Corleone, Jake La Motta or Travis Bickle, he was Bruce Pearson: a Hodgkin’s-diagnosed/ veteran catcher for the New York Mammoths that never quite played up to his potential.  The Mammoths' best pitcher and Pearson’s best friend, Arthur, (Michael Moriarty) is the only person who knows of Bruce’s diagnosis.  Our hearts are tied to the pitcher/catcher friendship as Arthur tries his best on his own to make Bruce’s last season his best season.

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