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

PG | | Comedy, Sport | 13 July 1977 (USA)
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.

Director:

John Badham

Writers:

William Brashler (based on the novel by), Hal Barwood (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Billy Dee Williams ... Bingo Long (P)
James Earl Jones ... Leon Carter, All-Star (C)
Richard Pryor ... Charlie Snow, All-Star (RF)
Rico Dawson Rico Dawson ... Willie Lee Shively, All-Star (RF)
Sam 'Birmingham' Brison 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 Leon Wagner ... Fat Sam Popper, All-Star (1B)
Tony Burton ... Issac, All-Star (CF)(C)
John McCurry 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 Alvin Childress ... Horace Quigley, Owner of Atlanta Black Crackers
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Storyline

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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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 »

Genres:

Comedy | Sport

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Trivia

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. See more »

Goofs

While examples of racism and racial name-calling are seen, there's no evidence of institutional segregation in food service, accommodations or otherwise. See more »

Quotes

Bingo Long (P): Come on, Murch, let's hit one!
Walter Murchman, All-Star (LF): Don't worry, it's going all the way to baseball heaven.
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Crazy Credits

The movie begins with an older version of the Universal Studios logo, as part of the opening news reel. See more »

Connections

Edited into Afro Promo (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Razzle Dazzle
Music by William Goldstein
Lyrics by Ronald Miller
Performed by Thelma Houston
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7 April 2006 | by dford-13See 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 July 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings See more »

Filming Locations:

Monticello, Georgia, USA See more »

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Mono

Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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