The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings
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,… More

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Rated: PG
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: July 16, 1976
DVD Release Date: April 5, 2005
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Pauline Kael
New Yorker

Rowdy, good-natured comedy melodrama.

Tom Milne
Time Out

Excellent performances, but the best thing about it is the sharp, sceptically witty script by Hal Barwood and Matthew Robbins.

TV Guide

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.

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Jay Cocks
TIME Magazine

This is a friendly, no-account movie full of intermittent high spirits.

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Variety Staff

Billy Dee Williams and James Earl Jones are superb.

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Brad Laidman
Film Threat

This isn't a great film by any means, but its heart is in the right place.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

A slick and reasonably funny comedy.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

Genial, slapdash, high-spirited and occasionally moving.

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Scott Weinberg
Apollo Guide

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.