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

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Debut theatrical feature film of Director John Badham.
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Steven Spielberg was initially very interested in directing, but the success of Jaws (1975) meant he was able to get any project of his own off the ground, and decided instead to make Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977).
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Bingo Long (Billy Dee Williams) was based slightly on the former Negro league, and Major League Baseball player and pitcher, Leroy "Satchel" Paige.
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The film was released three years after its source novel was published.
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Director John Badham had grown-up in Birmingham, Alabama and knew of the Birmingham Black Barons and the White Birmingham Barons. Both were teams who shared the Rickwood playing field.
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According to John Badham, some scenes, situations and characters and were loosely based upon real-life people, incidents, and scenarios.
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Emmett Ashford, credited in the cast as "Umpire" was the first African-American to umpire in Major Leagues baseball.
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James Earl Jones and Billy Dee Williams portrayed characters in the Star Wars saga.
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Stan Shaw's baseball scenes were filmed using a body double.
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The barn-storming antics, while based on reality, was also familiar to most audience members of the film, as the same playfulness, and razzle-dazzle shown by The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings was practiced by the well-known Harlem Globetrotters, who's history in basketball is almost a direct parallel to the racism of the baseball leagues.
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In this film, Richard Pryor portrayed two characters; Charlie Snow, who also impersonated a Cuban named "Carlos Nevada", as well as a Native American Indian named "Chief Takahoma". Pryor played three roles in Which Way Is Up? (1977).
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James Earl Jones and Billy Dee Williams share names which contain a middle name, as well (Mr. Williams actual middle name is "December", but shortened for his professional name). Both use their full name as the screen union(s) (SAG and AFTRA used to be seperate unions) would not allow more than one actor to use a (full) name, and as there were a "James Jones", and a "Billy (or William) Williams", it enabled them both to legitimately keep their given names, professionally.
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The first black major league player was in 1905 and whom they passed off to be a Puerto Rican , but didn't speak a word of Spanish! Richard Pryor took that historical character into one of his in the movie, saying he was a Cuban who wanted to play in the majors!
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The total number of words in the title is eight, but its nine, if one doesn't hyphenate "All-Stars".
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