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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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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:

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Did You Know?

Trivia

James Earl Jones and Billy Dee Williams portrayed characters in the Star Wars saga. See more »

Goofs

When Leon breaks through the lid of the casket, you can see that is made of Styrofoam, and clearly not of wood or metal. 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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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

References King Kong (1933) See more »

Soundtracks

The Bingo Long Song (Steal On Home)
Written by Berry Gordy and Ronald Miller
Performed by Thelma Houston
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Offbeat, charming film for a rainy afternoon
25 September 2005 | by robin-220See all my reviews

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 July 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bingo 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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