The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars and Motor Kings
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The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars and Motor Kings
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.
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87%

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"Rowdy, good-natured comedy melodrama."
‑ Pauline Kael, New Yorker
"Excellent performances, but the best thing about it is the sharp, sceptically witty script by Hal Barwood and Matthew Robbins."
‑ Tom Milne, Time Out
"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."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"This is a friendly, no-account movie full of intermittent high spirits."
‑ Jay Cocks, TIME Magazine
"Billy Dee Williams and James Earl Jones are superb."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"This isn't a great film by any means, but its heart is in the right place."
‑ Brad Laidman, Film Threat
"A slick and reasonably funny comedy."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Genial, slapdash, high-spirited and occasionally moving."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"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."
‑ Scott Weinberg, Apollo Guide
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