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The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars and Motor Kings
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 Traveling All-Stars and Motor Kings flourish, gaining a loyal fandom with every new game and cutting… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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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