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

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Average Rating: 6.6/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 1

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Based on the novel by William Brasher, The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars and Motor Kings is set in the segregated south of 1939. African-American baseball pitcher Bingo Long (Billy Dee Williams), tired of being jerked around by the less-than-ethical managers of the Negro League teams, forms his own barnstorming ball club. His partner in this endeavor is black catcher Leon Carter (James Earl Jones). Though boycotted by powerful Negro League manager Sallison Porter (Ted Ross), the Bingo Long

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Comedy

Hal Barwood, Matthew Robbins

Apr 5, 2005

MCA Universal Home Video

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All Critics (15) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (13) | Rotten (2) | DVD (5)

Rowdy, good-natured comedy melodrama.

March 21, 2011
New Yorker
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This is a friendly, no-account movie full of intermittent high spirits.

March 21, 2011 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
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A slick and reasonably funny comedy.

March 21, 2011 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Excellent performances, but the best thing about it is the sharp, sceptically witty script by Hal Barwood and Matthew Robbins.

April 8, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Billy Dee Williams and James Earl Jones are superb.

April 8, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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Genial, slapdash, high-spirited and occasionally moving.

May 9, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Times
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It's hard to understand why this good-natured look at the old Negro Leagues didn't do better at the box office. The script is a fine mix of humor, pathos, and honest drama; the direction is brisk; and the photography and production design are first-rate.

March 21, 2011 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Comment (1)
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This isn't a great film by any means, but its heart is in the right place.

December 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat
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If you've seen Major League and The Bad News Bears at least five times apiece, this is a relatively forgotten little comedy that is definitely worth a look.

February 13, 2002 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
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