Tilt (1979 film)

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Theatrical release poster
Directed byRudy Durand
Written by Donald Cammell
Rudy Durand
Produced byRudy Durand
Starring Brooke Shields
Ken Marshall
Charles Durning
Lorenzo Lamas
Cinematography Richard H. Kline
Edited by Don Guidice
Music by Lee Holdridge
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date
  • April 1979 (1979-04)
Running time
111 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$3.5 million [1]

Tilt is a 1979 American comedy-drama film about pinball hustling, starring Charles Durning and Brooke Shields as the young titular lead. It was directed by Rudy Durand.



The film opens in Texas, where Neil Gallagher (Ken Marshall) challenges obese pinball champion Harold Remmens (Durning), appropriately nicknamed "The Whale," to a $400 match. When Neil gets caught cheating, he heads off to California, where he meets teen runaway Brenda "Tilt" Davenport (Shields), a 14-year-old pinball wizard. Neil watches as Tilt and the owner of Mickey's Bar hustle an unaware gambler in a game of pinball, and immediately decides to team up with her. He tells her that he is a hopeful country and western star and needs to raise money to make a demo tape of his songs. After hearing Neil's musical talent, she's impressed and agrees to help by traveling with him, raising cash with her pinball skills. When the two eventually end up back in his hometown, Neil sets up a $3500 game between Tilt and the Whale. However, he doesn't realize that Tilt has caught on to his lies and manipulation, and his big plans may not go as he hoped.


Brooke Shields Tilt (Brenda Louise Davenport)
Charles Durning Harold 'The Whale' Remmens
Ken Marshall Neil Gallagher
Lorenzo Lamas Casey Silverwater
Don Stark Gary Laswitz
John Crawford Mickey
Karen LammHype
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  1. FILM CLIPS: Durand's Career Is at Full Tilt Lee, Grant. Los Angeles Times 6 Jan 1979: b5.