This excellent slice of life/coming of age/character driven movie from 1979, which won the Oscar for best original screenplay, is on my list of near perfect movies. The look, the feel, the actions and choices the characters make, all of it has a genuine authenticity that most of these sorts of movies lack. Now with that being said I am going to guess that not many people have even heard of it let alone seen it, which is a shame because I wish more movies with this kind of quality were being made.
I am going to hazard a guess here and say that outside of maybe ContinentalOps, who by my calculations has seen nearly every movie ever made, nobody else has seen this vastly underrated gem from 1976, The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings. Not only is the movie an underrated sports movie but it is also an underrated movie period and it probably has one of the best titles in the history of film.
A few weeks back I asked our friend Jarv if I could glom onto his excellent Underrated idea and being the gracious gentlemen that he is, Jarv allowed me to use the title “The Underrated”. Thank you, sir, for your generosity. I will try to not besmirch the fine name of The Underrated too much.