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

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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).
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(Billy Dee Williams)'s character - Bingo Long - is based slightly on the former Negro league, and Major League Baseball player and pitcher, Leroy "Satchel" Paige.
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In this film, Richard Pryor portrays 3 characters; Charlie Snow, who also impersonated a Cuban naned "Carlos Nevada", as well as a Native American Indian named "Chief Takahoma". Pryor would soon play 3 roles, again in Which Way Is Up? (1977) released the following year.
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The 2 leads - James Earl Jones, and Billy Dee Williams would also portray characters in the Star Wars original trilogy.
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Stan Shaw's baseball scenes were filmed using a body double.
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Debut theatrical feature film of director John Badham.
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The total number of words in the picture's longish title The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings (1976) is 8 but its 9, if one doesn't hyphenate the phrase "All-Stars".
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The film was made and released about three years after its source novel of the same name by William Brashler had been first published in 1973.
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Director John Badham had grown-up in Birmingham, Alabama and knew of the Birmingham Black Barons and the White Birmingham Barons. Both were teams who shared the Rickwood playing field.
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The barn-storming antics - while based upon reality, was also familiar to most audience members of the film, as the same playfulness, and razzle-dazzle shown by Bingo Long's Traveleing All-Stars and Motor Kings was practiced by the well-known Harlem Globetrotters, who's history in basketball is almost a direct parallel to the racism of the baseball leagues.
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According to director John Badham, some scenes, situations and characters and were loosely based upon real-life people, incidents and scenarios.
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An odd fact; the 2 leads - Messers James Earl Jones, and Billy Dee Williams share names which contain a middle name, as well (Mr. Williams actual middle name is 'December', but shortened for his professional name). Both actors use their full name as the screen union(s - SAG and AFTRA used to be seperate unions) would not allow more than 1 actor to use a (full) name, and as there were 'James Jones', and a Billy (or William) Williams, it enabled them both to legitimately keep their given names, professionally.
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