Tilt


1h 51m 1979

Brief Synopsis

Tilt is the story of a young girl (Tilt (Brenda Louise Davenport)), 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 (Neil Gallagher), who is a potential country and western singer and who has tried to hustle and cheat the pinball champion (Harold "The Whale" Remmens), 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 resulting in Henry abandoning Neil. Neil Gallagher then explains his story to Tilt, telling her that they will have a contract between them, and because she was already considering leaving home, she decides to go with Neil. But Tilt is unaware that she will eventually be playing Harold "The Whale" Remmens.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
PG
Genre
Comedy
Drama
Release Date
1979

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 51m
Sound
Dolby
Color
Color (Technicolor)

Synopsis

When Neil Gallagher is caught cheating his bookie over a big-paying pinball bet, he leaves Texas and goes to Los Angeles to become a successful singer. Neil is getting nowhere with his new career when he meets Tilt. Tilt is a 14-year-old pinball expert and Neil sees a way to make big money and save his reputation back home. He tells Tilt that he needs to raise money to make a demo tape, and since she likes his music, she agrees to hitchhike back to Texas with him. Stopping at pinball arcades along the way, they hustle gamblers who are more than willing to bet against the young girl. When they get back to Texas, Neil challenges his former boss, the pinball champ known as "the Whale" to a $400 match against Tilt. But unbeknownst to Neil, Tilt has finally become aware of how she is being used, and joins forces with the Whale.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
PG
Genre
Comedy
Drama
Release Date
1979

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 51m
Sound
Dolby
Color
Color (Technicolor)

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Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Winter January 1, 1979

Released in United States Winter January 1, 1979