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The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings -- Richard Pryor, Billy Dee Williams and James Earl Jones star in this winning story about a team of renegade players looking to score big during the heyday of baseball's Negro League.


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William Brashler (based on the novel by)
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Release Date:
17 November 1976 (France) See more »
They put the ball in baseball. See more »
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. | Full synopsis »
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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Offbeat, charming film for a rainy afternoon See more (9 total) »


  (in credits order)

Billy Dee Williams ... Bingo Long (P)

James Earl Jones ... Leon Carter, All-Star (C)

Richard Pryor ... 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)

Jophery C. Brown ... Emory 'Champ' Chambers, All-Star (3B) (as Jophery Brown)
Leon Wagner ... Fat Sam Popper, All-Star (1B)

Tony Burton ... Issac, All-Star (CF)(C)
John McCurry ... Walter Murchman, All-Star (LF)

Stan Shaw ... Esquire Joe Callaway, All-Star (CF)

Otis Day ... Rainbow, All-Star (bat boy) (as DeWayne Jessie)

Ted Ross ... Sallison 'Sallie' Potter, Owner of Ebony Aces

Mabel King ... Bertha Dewitt, Owner of Charcoal Kings
Sam Laws ... Henry Dunbar, Owner of Baltimore Elite Giants
Alvin Childress ... Horace Quigley, Owner of Atlanta Black Crackers

Ken Foree ... Honey, Potter's Goon
Carl Gordon ... Mack, Potter's Goon

Ahna Capri ... The Prostitute
Joel Fluellen ... Mr. Holland
Sarina C. Grant ... Pearline
Jester Hairston ... Furry Taylor
Emmett Ashford ... Umpire
Theodore Lehmann ... Lars Bostrum (as Ted Lehmann)
Fred Covington ... Auctioneer
Greg Oliver ... Sheriff
John McKee ... White Stranger (as John R. McKee)
Brooks Clift ... Older Gentleman
Morgan Roberts ... Kiosk Man

Marcia McBroom ... Violet
Lidia Kristen ... Nurse
Steve Anderson ... One-Arm Ballplayer
Dero Austin ... Midget Catcher
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Larinda Carnes ... Herself

Directed by
John Badham 
Writing credits
William Brashler (based on the novel by)

Hal Barwood (screenplay) &
Matthew Robbins (screenplay)

Produced by
Michael Chinich .... associate producer
Rob Cohen .... producer
Berry Gordy .... executive producer
Janet Hubbard .... associate producer
Bennett Tramer .... associate producer
Original Music by
William Goldstein 
Cinematography by
Bill Butler 
Film Editing by
David Rawlins 
Casting by
Don Phillips 
Production Design by
Lawrence G. Paull 
Set Decoration by
Leonard A. Mazzola 
Costume Design by
Bernard Johnson 
Makeup Department
Annie M. DeMille .... hair stylist
Tony Russell .... makeup artist
Production Management
Wallace Worsley Jr. .... production manager (as Wally Worsley)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tom Joyner .... first assistant director
L. Andrew Stone .... second assistant director
Richard A. Wells .... second assistant director (as Richard Wells)
Art Department
Larry Clark Bird .... property master
Ed Shanley .... construction coordinator
Sound Department
Willie D. Burton .... sound
Roger Heman Jr. .... sound re-recording mixer
Robert L. Hoyt .... sound re-recording mixer
Robert L. Hoyt .... sound (as Robert Hoyt)
Earl Madery .... sound re-recording mixer
Dennis C. Salcedo .... optical sound recordist
Roger Sword .... sound editor
James Troutman .... sound editor (as Jim Troutman)
Marvin Walowitz .... sound editor (uncredited)
Jophery C. Brown .... stunt coordinator
Larinda Carnes .... stunt driver
Eddie Smith .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Bernie Schwartz .... grip
Casting Department
Michael Chinich .... casting
Editorial Department
Francesca Emerson .... assistant editor
Music Department
Robert Mayer .... music editor
Richard Nash .... musician: trombone (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Larinda Carnes .... driver
Alby Thomas .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Sue Dwiggins .... production secretary

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Additional Details

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110 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

The nick-name of All-Star (3B) Emory Chambers (Jophery C. Brown) was "Champ".See more »
Factual errors: 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 »
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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Movie Connections:
References "The Lone Ranger" (1949)See more »
The Bingo Long Song (Steal On Home)See more »


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14 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Offbeat, charming film for a rainy afternoon, 25 September 2005
Author: robin-220 from United States

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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