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The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings (1976)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Sport  |  17 November 1976 (France)
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Tired of the slave-like treatment of his team's owner, charismatic star Negro League pitcher Bingo Long takes to the road with his band of barnstormers through the small towns of the Midwest in the 1930's.

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Bingo Long (P)
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Leon Carter, All-Star (C)
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Charlie Snow, All-Star (RF)
Rico Dawson ...
Willie Lee Shively, All-Star (RF)
Sam 'Birmingham' Brison ...
Louis Keystone - All-Star - SS (as 'Birmingham' Sam Brison)
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Emory 'Champ' Chambers, All-Star (3B) (as Jophery Brown)
Leon Wagner ...
Fat Sam Popper, All-Star (1B)
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Issac, All-Star (CF)(C)
John McCurry ...
Walter Murchman, All-Star (LF)
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Esquire Joe Callaway, All-Star (CF)
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Rainbow, All-Star (bat boy) (as DeWayne Jessie)
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Sallison 'Sallie' Potter, Owner of Ebony Aces
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Bertha Dewitt, Owner of Charcoal Kings
Sam Laws ...
Henry Dunbar, Owner of Baltimore Elite Giants
Alvin Childress ...
Horace Quigley, Owner of Atlanta Black Crackers
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Tired of the slave-like treatment of his team's owner, charismatic star Negro League pitcher Bingo Long takes to the road with his band of barnstormers through the small towns of the Midwest in the 1930's.

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In 1939, to laugh, you listened to the radio, to cry, you went to the movies, for excitement, you went to the ballgame. But if you wanted all three, there was only Bingo Long. See more »

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When Leon breaks through the lid of the casket, you can see that is made of Styrofoam, and clearly not of wood or metal. See more »

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Leon Carter, All-Star: [after Esquire Joe bowls him over with a slide at the plate] Say, boy - does you do this constantly?
Esquire Joe Callaway, All-Star: No, suh. I does it all the time.
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The Bingo Long Song (Steal On Home)
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Offbeat, charming film for a rainy afternoon
25 September 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This offbeat little film tells the story of a team at the tail-end of the Negro Leagues and their struggle to fight the corrupt ownership of the league. It is similar in tone to "A League of Their Own" but came earlier and is less glossy and, in my opinion, more fun. There are some good points made in it about racism and the athlete as commodity, but the film doesn't take itself too seriously and is never preachy or heavy-handed. It's an easy-going film which is great fun to watch. The cast is fantastic--Billy Dee Williams was never smoother or more charming, James Earl Jones appears to be having the time of his life, and the supporting cast is full of young versions of actors who went on on to bigger things. If you are used to seeing Jones only as a grand elder statesman of acting, check out this film where he plays his role with a lot of humor and energy and a sexy twinkle in his eye.


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