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Tilt (1979)

PG | | Drama | April 1979 (USA)
A teenage pinball hustler (Brooke Shields) travels with a would-be rock star (Ken Marshall) and plays a bar owner (Charles Durning) in a grudge match.

Director:

Rudy Durand

Writers:

Donald Cammell, Rudy Durand (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brooke Shields ... Tilt (Brenda Louise Davenport)
Ken Marshall ... Neil Gallagher
Charles Durning ... Harold 'The Whale' Remmens
John Crawford ... Mickey
Karen Lamm Karen Lamm ... Hype
Gregory Walcott ... Mr. Davenport
Harvey Lewis Harvey Lewis ... Henry Bertolino
Geoffrey Lewis ... Truck Driver
Rob Berger Rob Berger ... Replay (as Robert Brian Berger)
Don Stark ... Gary Laswitz
Lorenzo Lamas ... Casey Silverwater
Gary Mule Deer ... Felix
George Jacobs George Jacobs ... Clint
Helen Boll Helen Boll ... Mrs. Davenport
Frank Pesce ... Rock Manager (Carrots)
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Storyline

Tilt is the story of a young girl, who is a pinball machine wizard. Because she does not get on with her parents, Tilt is contemplating running away from home, and skipping school one day she decides to go to Mickey's Bar. Mickey, who is Tilt's good friend, helps her set up a gambler for a pinball game. Because the gambler is unaware of Tilt's pinball wizardry, he is easily hustled out of his money. While watching the confrontation, a young man, who is a potential country and western singer and who has tried to hustle and cheat the pinball champion, is impressed with Tilt's ability, congratulating her after the win. Because Neil Gallagher has to raise money to make a demo tape of his songs, he has an idea of taking Tilt with him and having her hustle would-be gamblers. Neil invites Tilt to watch him sing at a rock concert, and after seeing him sing, she believes that he can become a great singer. Henry Bertolino, Neil's manager, thinks his plan is a bad idea and they have a dispute ... Written by Anonymous

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The tough and tender saga of the pinball princess who was hard to beat -- and easy to love. See more »

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Trivia

Writer-director Rudy Durand tried to get Orson Welles to play The Whale, but Welles was busy with other projects. Welles encouraged Durand to direct the movie himself, and he talked about the script on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962), which helped Durand secure an investor. See more »

Quotes

Tilt (Brenda Louise Davenport): Why do people get so gross over a game?
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Crazy Credits

"Game Over" flashes on the screen at the end, in place of "The End." See more »

Alternate Versions

The original cut of the film ran 111 minutes. When the film opened poorly, director Rudy Durand re-cut the movie, shaving it down to 100 minutes. Both cuts of the film were subsequently released on television and home video. See more »

Connections

References The Hustler (1961) See more »

Soundtracks

Koala Shuffle
Composed and Arranged by Bill Wray
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Ragged road comedy/drama, noteworthy for Shields
16 March 2001 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Brooke Shields in a slightly awkward phase (she never did go through the braces-and-glasses thing, but she's a skinny smartass here and for her that's awkward enough). Her pinball wizardry catches the eye of a con-man and together they take on all-comers. Critics at the time singled out Charles Durning's performance as if he were the Second Coming; truth is, his role as the all-time pinball champion hits the picture a little too late in the game. It has already exhausted us with its low-rent production and aimless plot line. I did think Brooke showed some spunk here, but she's no Kristy McNichol (who might have elevated this to a somewhat substantial level, or at least given it some different shadings). As it is, "Tilt" is a dim bulb. *1/2 from ****


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

April 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rudy Durand's Tilt See more »

Filming Locations:

Corpus Christi, Texas, USA See more »

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