King of the Bingo Game (1999)

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Harlem, 1943. Sonny is a struggling African American who frequents the bingo parlor in a desperate attempt to provide for his family in Depression era New York. Based on a short story by ... See full summary »


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20 June 2001 | Data-1001
A desperate man strives to leave his mark on the world
Based on a Ralph Ellison story, this gripping and stylish tale was originally featured on PBS' American Storytellers series.

Colman Domingo gives a multi-layered and intense performance as Sonny, a man whose search for the good life culminates in one ultimate and onerous contest. Writer/Director/Producer Elise Robertson skillfully weaves this world for us so well, that it is easy to believe that we are actually eavesdropping in this man's life.

Well-worth trying to catch this 30-minute movie, should it return to the public television airwaves, although it's possible the tape is still available from PBS Home Video or

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San Francisco, California, USA

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