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The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings 1976

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Richard Pryor, Billy Dee Williams and James Earl Jones star in this winning story about a team of renegade players looking to score big during the heyday of baseball's Negro League.

Starring:
Billy Dee Williams, James Earl Jones
Runtime:
1 hour, 51 minutes

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Genres Sports, Comedy
Director John Badham
Starring Billy Dee Williams, James Earl Jones
Supporting actors Richard Pryor, Rico Dawson, Sam 'Birmingham' Brison, Jophery C. Brown, Leon Wagner, Tony Burton, John McCurry, Stan Shaw, Otis Day, Ted Ross, Mabel King, Sam Laws, Alvin Childress, Ken Foree, Carl Gordon, Ahna Capri, Joel Fluellen, Sarina C. Grant
Studio Universal Pictures
MPAA rating PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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By John K. Reed on March 11, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
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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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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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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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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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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Outstanding retrospective on the way baseball was played in America until after WWII, when Jackie Robinson was hired by Branch Rickey to play
for The Brooklyn Dodgers, thereby dooming the segregated leagues which used black players only. Obviously the correct and proper thing to do,
it nevertheless ended a wonderful baseball era where visiting teams would invariably destroy any local all-white team they would play. The over-all
atmosphere displayed by the crowd and all of the players was one of pure enjoyment and admiration towards the amazing abilities shown by the
visiting team members. The spectator seating was, to be sure, shamefully segregated, but the cheers and delight shown was totally uniform!
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