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
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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