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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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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)
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Rainbow, All-Star (bat boy) (as DeWayne Jessie)
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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 being treated like a slave by team owner Sallison Potter (Ted Ross), charismatic star pitcher Bingo Long (Billy Dee Williams) steals a bunch of Negro League players away from their teams, including catcher/slugger Leon Carter (James Earl Jones) and Charlie Snow (Richard Pryor), a player forever scheming to break into the segregated Major League Baseball of the 1930s by masquerading as first a Cuban ("Carlos Nevada"), then a Native American ("Chief Takahoma"). They take to the road, barnstorming through small Midwestern towns, playing the local teams to make ends meet. One of the opposing players, 'Esquire' Joe Calloway (Stan Shaw), is so good that they recruit him. Bingo's team becomes so outlandishly entertaining and successful, it begins to cut into the attendance of the established Negro League teams. Finally, Bingo's nemesis Potter is forced to propose a winner-take-all game: if Bingo's team can beat a bunch of all-stars, it can join the league, but if it loses, the ... Written by SL

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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

Sallison 'Sallie' Potter, Owner of Ebony Aces: Have we got a game?
Bingo Long (P): Yeah, we got a game. And we gonna win, too. Easy.
Sallison 'Sallie' Potter, Owner of Ebony Aces: We got a game!
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The Bingo Long Song (Steal On Home)
Written by Berry Gordy and Ronald Miller
Performed by Thelma Houston
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7 April 2006 | by See all my reviews

in response to 'blaploitation', motown's magnate produces a great 'hilariblax'film. great chance to see the godfathers of black comedy (r.pryor), black leading men (b.d.williams) and high black drama (j.e. jones). as an educator it's good to find films that can speak on the life and times of America's pastime in a darker light.As important as k.burns baseball series, could have even been used to more vividly illustrate the 2nd part of his work 'shadowball'. A film the whole family can enjoy--as well as my whole class.Every semester I show this excellent film to my students. it never fails to prompt kids to ask more questions about the '20's & 3o's in America and also questions about race relations. mr.ford calls it my favorite baseball movie of all times.


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