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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Bingo Long (P)
... Leon Carter, All-Star (C)
... 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)
... Emory 'Champ' Chambers, All-Star (3B) (as Jophery Brown)
Leon Wagner ... Fat Sam Popper, All-Star (1B)
... Issac, All-Star (CF)(C)
John McCurry ... Walter Murchman, All-Star (LF)
... Esquire Joe Callaway, All-Star (CF)
... Rainbow, All-Star (bat boy) (as DeWayne Jessie)
... Sallison 'Sallie' Potter, Owner of Ebony Aces
... Bertha Dewitt, Owner of Charcoal Kings
... 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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Daring, Dangerous and Downright Dee-lightful! See more »

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Trivia

The total number of words in the title is eight, but its nine, if one doesn't hyphenate "All-Stars". See more »

Goofs

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

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