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The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings | September 30 | Butler Park | 8PM

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Tickets for the 9PM screening of The Bing Long Traveling All Stars & Motor Kings 1976 •USA • 110 min • 2K 16mm film scan from the IU Black Film Center and Archive

-OUTDOOR SCREENING on the Baseball Diamond-

Friday, September 30th
at
Rev Ernest D Butler Park (812 W 9th)
FREE (no ticket needed for this screening) | ALL AGES

Showtime: Dusk (~8pm)

BYO Chair

 

Trailer --> HERE

 

*Made possible by a partnership with IU Black Film Center and Archive, Bloomington Parks and Recreation, and the Banneker Center.

Synopsis: Bingo Long (Billy Dee Williams) puts together a motley team of ballplayers, including Leon (James Earl Jones), the best hitter in the Negro National League. The team called the All-Stars, breaks from the league, undertaking a high-spirited tour of rural America. When the Negro National League shuts them out, they challenge white teams and rely on humor to weather the tense race relations of the 30s. The All-Stars' diverting brand of baseball entertains crowds but infuriates League owners. Fed up, the owners rough up a player. The medical costs bankrupt the team. Bingo agrees to a showdown between the All-Stars and a select group from the Negro National League. Despite the bosses' best effort to fix the game, the All-Stars pull out a thrilling win. One of Bingo's players even gets invited to sign with the Brooklyn Dodgers, signaling the end of the Negro National League.