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

Billy Dee Williams , James Earl Jones , John Badham  |  PG |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Billy Dee Williams, James Earl Jones, Richard Pryor, Rico Dawson, Sam Brison
  • Directors: John Badham
  • Writers: Hal Barwood, Matthew Robbins
  • Producers: Rob Cohen
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: January 29, 2002
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005RIIY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,104 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars and Motor Kings" on IMDb

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In the world of 1930s Negro League baseball, a spirited team of renegade players travels around the Midwest looking for that one big score. Richard Pryor, Billy Dee Williams and James Earl Jones star as three barnstorming ballplayers who take on prejudice and their own League's unfair rules while stealing cars, food and home base - anything to prove that they're the best team around. It's a showdown of brains over booby traps and sportsmanship over racial segregation as Bingo Long's All-Stars swing their way to a winning season.

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
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I've always enjoyed this film ever since I was a pre teen. But as i've viewed the film in subsequent years i've come to regard it as more than just a very entertaining film.
The first point that i'd like to make is that it would be very easy to look at this film as a glossed over historical account of Jackie Robinson, Satchel Paige and Josh Gibson. The film is not that although three of the main characters are certainly based upon those great men. For a more historical recount, albeit with some dramatic license, I would recommend HBO's fine Soul of the Game.
I think it's difficult for many in my generation (under 40) to really appreciate the struggles and agony that most black americans endured just a short time ago in our history. This film however does a fabulous job of weaving the reality of barnstorming with the joy, athleticism and sorrow that was Negro League Baseball in addition to the pervasive racism that flourished throughout america at that time. For that alone it shouldn't be missed.
All that notwithstanding it's a fabulous entertainment. Richard Pryor is as always hiliarious. The script is very well written. At times emphasizing comedy, drama, triumph, tragedy and most importantly sufficiently representing the atmosphere and culture of much of black america at that time. But it's the performances of Billy Dee and James Earl that really raise the film from just fine storytelling to the level of social commentary and criticsm.
You'll laugh, strut, rage, and ultimately cry at this beautiful film.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very fun&uplifting film January 15, 2000
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a great tribute too the negro league players.overcoming racism&hustling owners.they defend themselves really well from both worlds and achieve there goals.James Earl jones,Billy Dee Williams,each give great performances.but Richard Pryor with his ricky ricardo take steals the show.a great look into the negro leagues.and very uplifting.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Invite Pitch February 19, 2008
This is a funny, well acted look at the Negro Leagues and barnstorming before the integration of Major League Baseball. Many of the details in the movie are based on historical facts. There really was a woman owner in the Negro Leagues, for example. More to the point, the movie correctly illustrates some of the greed and corruption within the league, as well as some of the issues the players faced. It also captures the experience of a barnstorming club and the often clownish antics players sometimes had to engage in to attract attention. It also is a pretty funny movie starring Billy Dee Williams as a Satchel Paige-esque pitcher who's supremely self-confident, so much so that he throws his world famous "Invite Pitch" to hitters without players manning the field. James Earl Jones is a treat as Leo Carter, a hard-hitting, no nonsense catcher. Look for Richard Pryor in a smaller, but funny role as Charile Snow, who's convinced he can break into the Majors by pretending to be Cuban as Carlos Nevada. This is a great movie no baseball fan should miss.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Soul of the Game, Lite November 28, 2007
Bingo Long is a fun movie, describing a bitter period in American History, and American Baseball History.

The story is based on the true story of Jackie Robinson, Sachel Paige, and Josh Gibson. Bingo Long is based on Sachel Paige, and Esquire Joe is loosely based on Jackie Robinson. The movie is fun, and it delves into the relationships of the black players and the Negro League owners. They only touch gently on the racial issues, and focus more on the greed of the Negro League owners. Billy Dee Willims (Sachel Paige) and James Earl Jones (Josh Gibson) are real and fun. But at the end of the day, they are both bitter about being excluded from the "White Only" major leagues.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's a Cakewalk January 16, 2013
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Educational. Enjoyable. Exaggerated. "The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars and Motor Kings" provides a taste of what life was like for many Americans not that long ago. It also gives us a taste of the athleticism and characters in the Negro Leagues, although I wish the baseball scenes looked better and the Bingo Long character was more believable. Satchel Paige may have been the best fastball pitcher of all time, but I didn't buy Bingo Long as that kind of pitcher. Also, Bingo seemed to be exaggerating gestures and style rather than inhabiting a character. By contrast, my favorite scene in the movie is the locker room scene at the end. The range of emotions playing across Leon's face is believable and moving. The film is worth it just to see the outstanding performances of James Earl Jones and Richard Pryor. Rated PG for language and some thematic elements.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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This fictionalized account of the Negro League baseball of the 1930s just before Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier is based on real incidents and persons. It is fast-paced, at times very funny and at times tragic. Racism, politics in the Negro League, and much about the African community at that time combine with a terrific cast to make this movie entertaining and educational. Billy Dee Williams is charismatic as always, James Earl Jones is terrific, we wish we could see more of Richard Pryor, but the whole cast turns in an excellent performance. A rich set of special features is included.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A BASEBALL CLASSIC March 20, 2007
The entire life and the atmosphere of The Negro League baseball era was brilliantly portrayed from the barnstorming perspective. The script was a bit of a stretch at times but the superb acting by Billy Dee Williams and James Earl Jones kept you waiting for each scene. The language used was authentic as were the town attitudes. It contained some athleticism in parts that was also very truthful.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic!
Entertaining and humorous film on negro baseball in the early days. Worth adding to your DVD library. They just don't make films like this anymore. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars "Back in the Day"
So pleased to find this movie,Richard Pryor was a "Genious" I love all his movies! You need to laugh? Put on Richard Pryor & see the reaction you get!
Published 1 month ago by Harriet Beatrice Anthony
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie for black history month!
I was a little girl when I first saw this movie, and i had no idea it was a piece of black history ; I just thought it was a funny movie. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Joyce Matthews
5.0 out of 5 stars HISTORY IN THE MAKING
Published 2 months ago by w2
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
Quick to ship. Movie has always been a Baseball Junkie's Favorite of all time. Recommended for all Richard Pryor Fans
Published 5 months ago by J.Ferrell
4.0 out of 5 stars Dramatized '30s Negro League Baseball
Many of the stories told by old timers who played in the Negro Leagues come alive in this film. Lots of legends and tall tales from that time take on added dimension ("Who will hit... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jon Mcauliffe
5.0 out of 5 stars Personal favorite
I love this movie, if you have never seen this movie it could go either way older movie dealing some issues of our past
Published 8 months ago by Alonzo Wright
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Negro baseball leagues of long ago. This is the kind of baseball I like. Great actors. Colorful, easy to believe story.
Published 9 months ago by Maurice L. Wymore
5.0 out of 5 stars Bingo long traveling akk-stars&motor king
I love it. Had it on vhd, then moved to CO. from ST. Louis,soms how it was lost. Thank you so much.
Published 10 months ago by Sandra M. Crorr
5.0 out of 5 stars JOLLY GOOD FILM
Published 10 months ago by Joyce Howard
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