The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings (1976)
Based on the novel by William Brasher, this film is set in the segregated South of 1939. African-American baseball pitcher Bingo Long forms his own barnstorming ball club. Though boycotted by powerful Negro League manager Sallison Porter, the team flourishes, gaining a loyal fandom and cutting into the League's profits.
as Bingo Long
as Leon Carter, All-Sta...
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as Willie Lee
as Champ Chambers
as Fat Sam
as Walter Murchman
as Mr. Holland
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Critic Reviews for The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings
Rowdy, good-natured comedy melodrama.
This is a friendly, no-account movie full of intermittent high spirits.
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.
Excellent performances, but the best thing about it is the sharp, sceptically witty script by Hal Barwood and Matthew Robbins.
Bingo Long is fun, it's pleasant to watch, but it cakewalks too much on its way to the box office.
This isn't a great film by any means, but its heart is in the right place.
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.
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