Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars and Motor Kings

Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars and Motor Kings

Director: John Badham

Cast: Billy Dee Williams, James Earl Jones, Richard Pryor

     
 

Director John Badham says at the top of his commentary track that he was going to be joined by others involved in the making of The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars and Motor Kings but for some reason they didn't make the taping session. Which is just fine: Badham, who was debuting as a feature director, makes fine company on his own, recalling the intricacies ofSee more details below

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Director John Badham says at the top of his commentary track that he was going to be joined by others involved in the making of The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars and Motor Kings but for some reason they didn't make the taping session. Which is just fine: Badham, who was debuting as a feature director, makes fine company on his own, recalling the intricacies of the production with impressive detail. The cast and Badham's biographies are stacked on the menu page in mock baseball cards; the original theatrical trailer is also pretty cute. The movie's widescreen (1.85:1) digital image isn't up to modern standards, but that's most likely the fault of the 1976 film stock, which tends to have a washed-out quality to it. The Dolby 2.0 sound is fine, with nice separation between the ragtime soundtrack and the dialogue track.

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Ever since its original 1976 release, The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars and Motor Kings has been warmly regarded but not wildly heralded. Seen years later, it remains a wonderful tale with effortless acting by a top-notch ensemble, but it's not a "big finisher" that stays with you for very long. As a baseball movie, Bingo Long is a superb collection of scenes from the days when African Americans were not permitted to play in major league baseball, so they banded together and barnstormed the country, having a lot of fun while doing it. This conviviality and the romantic aura of the period are the strongest emotions that come across. Billy Dee Williams and James Earl Jones star in that rarest of films, the nearly all-black cast, lighting up the screen with their antics. The story's structure wobbles a bit, and the drama of the end is obscured by the lack of a clearly delineated villain, but the movie has terrific appeal, particularly to baseball aficionados who will be awestruck by the idea that a pitcher would not let his team take the field in the first inning until after he had pitched to the first batter (apparently, Satchel Paige did this in reality). Try that, Roger Clemens.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/29/2002
UPC:
0025192177323
Original Release:
1976
Rating:
PG
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time:
1:51:00
Sales rank:
26,419

Special Features

Feature commentary with director John Badham; Theatrical trailer; DVD-ROM access; Production notes; Cast & filmmakers; Film highlights

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Billy Dee Williams Bingo Long
James Earl Jones Leon
Richard Pryor Charlie Snow
Rico Dawson Willie Lee
Sam "Birmingham" Briston Louis
Jophery Brown Champ Chambers
Leon Wagner Fat Sam
Tony Burton Isaac
John McCurry Walter Murchman
DeWayne Jessie Rainbow
Ted Ross Sallie Potter
Mabel King Bertha
Sam Laws Henry, Owner of Elite Giants
Carl Gordon Mack
Ahna Capri Prostitute
John R. McKee Stranger
Alvin Childress Horace
Joel Fluellen Mr. Holland
Sarina Grant Pearline
Ken Foree Honey
Stan Shaw Esquire Joe Calloway

Technical Credits
John Badham Director
Hal Barwood Screenwriter
Jophery Brown Stunts
Willie D. Burton Sound/Sound Designer
Bill Butler Cinematographer
Michael Chinich Producer
Rob Cohen Producer
William Goldstein Score Composer
Berry Gordy Executive Producer
Berry Gordy Score Composer
Robert L. Hoyt Sound/Sound Designer
Bernard Johnson Costumes/Costume Designer
Tom Joyner Asst. Director
Leonard A. Mazzola Set Decoration/Design
Ron Miller Score Composer
Lawrence G. Paull Production Designer
David Rawlins Editor
Matthew Robbins Screenwriter

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. The Universal Newsreel [3:44]
2. Bingo & Leon [3:35]
3. Tyranny in the Clubhouse [7:17]
4. Big Things Is Up [15:29]
5. The Owners Conspire [3:20]
6. Meet Esquire Joe [7:29]
7. White Folks! [10:49]
8. Busted [5:44]
9. Charlie Orders White Meat [4:46]
10. Hard Times [4:15]
11. Seize the Means of Production [8:13]
12. Leon Quits [6:35]
13. One Big Game [2:28]
14. Leon Kidnapped [6:49]
15. Bases Loaded - We're Behind [5:45]
16. The Late Leon [3:14]
17. The Big Break [3:24]
18. End Titles [5:07]

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