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

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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17 November 1976 (France)  »

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Steven Spielberg was initially very interested in directing, but the success of Jaws (1975) meant he was able to get any project of his own off the ground, and decided instead to make Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977). See more »

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In the 9th inning of the game to decide the fate of the All-Stars, Leon Carter (James Earl Jones) hits a 3-run homer to win the game 3-2. Unfortunately, he stepped out of the batter's box and over the top of home plate to hit the ball because the other team was trying to intentionally walk him. Rule 6.06(a) states that a batter is out if he hits a ball with one or both feet on the ground entirely outside the batter's box. Leon should be out and the score should revert to 2-0. See more »

Quotes

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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Razzle Dazzle
Music by William Goldstein
Lyrics by Ronald Miller
Performed by Thelma Houston
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Bad News Bears??? Are you kidding???
25 December 2008 | by (Whitechapel after dark) – See all my reviews

Sorry, Charlie, but comparing "Bad News Bears" with "Bingo Long Traveling Allstars and Motor Kings" is like comparing "Hogans Heroes" and "Stalag 17"!! One is STRICTLY a bit of fun, and the other, while there are some laughs, explores a much more serious matter, albeit with the tongue planted firmly in cheek. Sure, you probably had a "Bad News Bears" lunch box, and Walter Matthau, Jodie Foster, and Jackie Earle Haley were just great in BNB, and there were some funny bits, but Bingo Long had much of its basis in fact, and it was one of the first films to explore a much too ignored historical fact, namely the Negro Leagues. James Earl Jones, as usual, is wonderful, and Richard Pryor didn't have to totally play his role for laughs as much as he was required to at this time in his career. Billy Dee Williams, who I feel didn't get nearly as many good roles as he deserved, was just great as Bingo Long. He was much better than in the terminally overrated "Lady Sings The Blues", also with Richard Pryor, but unfortunately up against Diana Ross' massive ego. I especially enjoyed spotting DeWayne Jessie(aka "Otis Day" of Animal House) as Rainbow. "Bingo Long" made me want to learn more about the Negro Leagues and barnstorming teams of the '30's like the House Of David.


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