Tilt (1979 film)

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

Theatrical release poster
Directed byRudy Durand
Written byDonald Cammell
Rudy Durand
Produced byRudy Durand
StarringBrooke Shields
Ken Marshall
Charles Durning
Lorenzo Lamas
CinematographyRichard H. Kline
Edited byDon Guidice
Music byLee Holdridge
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
  • April 1979 (1979-04)
Running time
111 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$3.5 million[1]


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.


Actor Role
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 Lamm Hype
Robert Brian Berger Replay
Harvey Lewis Henry Bertolino
Geoffrey Lewis Truck Driver


  1. ^ FILM CLIPS: Durand's Career Is at Full Tilt Lee, Grant. Los Angeles Times 6 Jan 1979: b5.

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