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

Billy Dee Williams , James Earl Jones , John Badham  |  PG |  DVD
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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: Multiple Formats, 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 (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005RIIY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,649 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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  • Feature Commentary with Director John Badham
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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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    8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Invite Pitch February 19, 2008
    Format:DVD
    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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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Soul of the Game, Lite November 28, 2007
    Format:DVD
    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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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie for black history month! February 2, 2014
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    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. Two legends : Williams and Jones, fantastic!
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic! April 11, 2014
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    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. Get yourself a copy and enjoy!
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    5.0 out of 5 stars HISTORY IN THE MAKING January 30, 2014
    By w2
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    LOVE ALL THE CHARACTERS. BACK IN THE DAY, THIS IS JUST ABOUT "HOW THEY HAD TO MAKE IT". IT'S A PART OF MY BLACK COLLECTION. THE GUYS HAD GAME! IT'S A COLLECTOR'S ITEM.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars "Back in the Day" March 2, 2014
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    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!
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie October 23, 2013
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    Quick to ship. Movie has always been a Baseball Junkie's Favorite of all time. Recommended for all Richard Pryor Fans
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Dramatized '30s Negro League Baseball August 27, 2013
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    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 my invite pitch?") and Billy Dee Williams seems near perfect if not, in fact, perfect as Bingo Long. Performances by James Earl Jones and Richard Pryor in particular just sing in harmony with Williams. This may be fiction but there are many truths told here. The modern day, overpaid, spoiled brats of the MLB who like to stand at the plate and watch the flight of their home runs before deigning to move around the bases probably wouldn't have survived the harsh realities of the Negro League baseball road. I wonder what Josh Gibson would have made of this film?
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