The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings (1976) torrent download

The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings

1976

Comedy / Sport

6.8

Synopsis

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, the players will return to their old teams. Potter has two of his goons kidnap Leon prior to the game as insurance, but he escapes and is key to his side's victory. As it turns out, there is a major league scout in the audience. After the game, he offers Esquire Joe the chance to break the color barrier; with Bingo's blessing, he accepts. Leon glumly foresees the decline of the Negro League as more players follow Esquire Joe's lead, but Bingo, ever the optimist, cheers him up by describing the wild promotional stunts he intends to stage to bring in the paying customers. —SL

Director

John Badham

Cast

James Earl Jones
as Leon Carter
Richard Pryor
as Charlie Snow
Jophery C. Brown
as Emory "Champ" Chambers
Stan Shaw
as Esquire Joe Callaway

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by tavm 9 /10

I had a fun time finally watching The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings

Having once stumbled onto this movie on TV years ago but not watching past the opening credits, I finally got to see the whole thing on YouTube right now. A fictional account of one Negro League baseball team during the late '30s, this is quite a fun picture despite some occasionally serious issues permeating some of the narrative. Billy Dee Williams plays the title character, James Earl Jones is his charismatic buddy who's also good at batting as seen in the early scenes when Billy pitches at him. And Richard Pryor does a funny turn pretending to be Cuban in order to break in the white national teams. Unfortunately, the YT upload skipped on some of his lines and maybe scenes. Still, this was quite a fun movie to watch especially near the end which I won't reveal. So on that note, I highly recommend The Bing Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings.

Reviewed by Hey_Sweden 8 /10

Who...gonna...hit my...INVITE PITCH?

This spry baseball comedy, inspired by some actual history, is great fun, especially when seen as a vehicle for its talented stars. Billy Dee Williams plays Bingo Long (based on the real-life Satchel Paige), a charismatic pitcher for the Negro League in 1939, who gets VERY tired of having to deal with sleazy team owners such as Sallie Potter (Ted Ross). So he recruits fellow baseball player Leon Carter (James Earl Jones) (based on Josh Gibson), and various others, to join him in a quest to start their OWN flashy, barnstorming baseball team. Naturally, they will have many roadblocks in their path to success

Charming, irresistible entertainment, and you don't have to necessarily be a baseball fan in order to enjoy it. Granted, it gets nasty at one point (for a PG rated film), and gets somewhat serious as well, but it never becomes so ugly that you can't still stick with it. It gets most of its juice from the dazzling performances of its stars, Williams and Jones. Jones appears to be having a grand old time, and co-star Richard Pryor unsurprisingly steals many of his scenes as a ballplayer who thinks that his key to success is passing himself off as Cuban and joining the white league. (There's a hilarious payoff for him near the end.) There's some more than respectable recreations of the period, a jaunty score (by William Goldstein), and wonderful old-time songs (belted out by Thelma Houston). The fair amount of familiar faces in the cast also includes stuntman Jophery C. Brown, Tony Burton of the "Rocky" franchise, Stan Shaw ("Snake Eyes"), DeWayne "Otis Day" Jessie ("National Lampoon's Animal House"), Mabel King ('What's Happening!!'), Sam Laws ("Hit Man"), Ahna Capri ("Enter the Dragon"), Joel Fluellen ("Porgy and Bess"), and Jester Hairston (John Wayne's version of "The Alamo").

Although it has a rather lengthy running time (at 111 minutes), this movie never feels that long, due to an entertaining narrative and characters, and many scenes that hold ones' attention. It's intelligent, making some points about race relations and the way that athletes are treated, but never gets heavy-handed about it, while remaining engrossing both comedically and dramatically. It doesn't seem to be remembered by many nowadays, which is just too bad.

Ken Foree of future "Dawn of the Dead" fame makes his film debut as a muscle man.

Eight out of 10.

Reviewed by vincentlynch-moonoi 7 /10

Touching, funny, sad

Some of our reviewers don't really "get" this film. It's not really a comedy, but rather pathos. Yes, there are laughs here, but perhaps the best description in serio-comic. It's about the abuse of Black baseball players by white people. It's about criminal activity within Black baseball. And it's about camaraderie among men in sports.

I remembered this well from when it came out in 1976, and I enjoyed it just as much now in 2018. One little error -- most of it was filmed in Georgia, and in one scene that is supposed to be outside of St. Louis, there's moss in the trees!

Billy Dee Williams was cast perfectly here as Bingo Long...suave, sophisticated, and that drawl. James Earl Jones may have overacted a bit...or was this just exactly how he wanted to play the character. Richard Pryor was good here, although he was better in other films. Stan Shaw was excellent as a young baseball player. Ted Ross is notably menacing as "the bad guy", and Mabel King is comical as his fellow-owner nemesis.

The funny thing is, I'm not much of a sports fan and almost never watch baseball on television or in person. But I tend to like many (though not all) baseball movies. And I really like this one. It's just downright entertaining, and while you'll laugh...it's not really a comedy.

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