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The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings
Directed by John Badham • 1976 • United States
Starring Billy Dee Williams, James Earl Jones, Richard Pryor
In this riotously entertaining, 1930s-set sports comedy, disgruntled baseball player Bingo Long (Billy Dee Williams), fed up with the shabby treatment he gets from his manager, quits the Negro Leagues to form his own team of superstars—and it’s not long before he and his squad of barnstormers are traveling the country and making a name for themselves with their outlandish on-field antics. A scene-stealing Richard Pryor shares the screen with James Earl Jones in this Motown-produced ode to the unsung Black baseball heroes of the early twentieth century.