Bingo Long and the Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings is period road comedy about baseball players abandoning Negro League for lively travelling road show. Its sharp satire, and energetic performances has made it a cult classic amongst African-American cinema fans, and baseball-lovers.

The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings (1976) Comedy, Sport | 110min | 17 November 1976 (France) 6.9
Director: John BadhamWriter: William Brashler, Hal BarwoodStars: Billy Dee Williams, James Earl Jones, Richard PryorSummary: Tired of being treated like a slave by team owner Sallison Potter (Ted Ross), charismatic star pitcher Bingo Long (Billy Dee Williams) steals a bunch of Negro League players away from their teams, including catcher/slugger Leon Carter (James Earl Jones) and Charlie Snow (Richard Pryor), a player forever scheming to break into the segregated Major League Baseball of the 1930s by masquerading as first a Cuban ("Carlos Nevada"), then a Native American ("Chief Takahoma"). They take to the road, barnstorming through small Midwestern towns, playing the local teams to make ends meet. One of the opposing players, 'Esquire' Joe Calloway (Stan Shaw), is so good that they recruit him. Bingo's team becomes so outlandishly entertaining and successful, it begins to cut into the attendance of the established Negro League teams. Finally, Bingo's nemesis Potter is forced to propose a winner-take-all game: if Bingo's team can beat a bunch of all-stars, it can join the league, but if it loses...


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