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    Pinball that has been featured on TV and in movies

    Hi I thought it may be interesting if people posted TV programmes and movies that featured pinball. I will kick it off with a BBC children's programme called 'Zokko'. This first aired in 1968 and featured an animated talking pinball table that was the shows host. Pretty bizarre. A movie that certainly featured a pinball table was the 1973 adaptation of the Michael Moorcock novel 'The Final Programme'. Please feel free to add to the list.
    Zokko....SCORE 100

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    I recall seeing some in the movie MAXIMUM OVERDRIVE 1986 in the dinner and I think one kills a guy.

    here I found this:In the game room of DIXIE BOY truck stop, they had a Bally Night Rider pinball game, and a Williams Pokerino

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    Dazed and Confused has several machines in the youth rec. center scenes. Very easy to spot. Not sure why there's a "?" on the scene description. Must not be big fans of the movie.

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    I'm still trying to figure out what dear leader, Gord Lacey's avatar is taken from. It appears to be an olde-timey movie starlet leaning on a pinball table, but it's too small to make out either and therefore identify it.
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    I saw Checkpoint in an episode of The X-Files earlier today.

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    I was watching The Stand and it shows a Black Rose surrounded by dead people on a military base where super flu was released.

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    Wash your hands!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard B View Post
    Dazed and Confused has several machines in the youth rec. center scenes. Very easy to spot. Not sure why there's a "?" on the scene description. Must not be big fans of the movie.
    That movie rules.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beelzebozo View Post
    I'm still trying to figure out what dear leader, Gord Lacey's avatar is taken from. It appears to be an olde-timey movie starlet leaning on a pinball table, but it's too small to make out either and therefore identify it.
    It's a picture of him and his wife at the Pinball Hall of Fame in Vegas after their wedding.

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    My wife and I just watched Grown Up's on the weekend, there is a Black Knight machine in the restaurant scene.
    Love the sound of a ripped spinner

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    There was an obscure, short-lived game show in the Seventies called "The Magnificent Marble Machine" that involved a giant pinball machine (and I do mean giant: 20 feet high and 12 feet wide, with a contestant working each flipper). The actual pinball gameplay looks sluggish, unsurprisingly, and it sounds like they struggled both with technical problems with the machine and to make the rules of the game interesting.

    http://www.curtalliaume.com/mmm.html
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rU7n6Ncojx8

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    ...That wasn't even the only unsuccessful attempt at the "ginormous pinball machine" theme in the Seventies. The idea seemed to be in the air somehow. There were plans for a Doctor Who feature film called "Doctor Who Meets Scratchman", starring Tom Baker, in which he fought the Devil, who, at the climax, trapped everyone in a giant pinball machine.

    And Sid and Marty Krofft produced a short-lived indoor amusement park in Atlanta that had a dark ride themed to a giant pinball machine in which you rode in the ball.

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    The Jodie Foster character is gang raped on a pinball machine in the movie The Accused. Good movie, but I can't remember what the pinball machine was. Anyone remember the pin from that disturbing movie?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kolchak357 View Post
    The Jodie Foster character is gang raped on a pinball machine in the movie The Accused. Good movie, but I can't remember what the pinball machine was. Anyone remember the pin from that disturbing movie?
    It was a rebranded Space Invaders called Slamdunk. Only one was made.

    http://ipdb.org/search.pl?any=the+ac...archtype=quick

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    Thanks dtown. I knew someone would know.

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    Why do they re-theme pinball tables just for movies? Is it to do with rights issues?

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    Look at this http://home.comcast.net/~josh.kaplan1/film.htm its a sie dedicated to spotting pinball in movies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SKILL_SHOT View Post
    Look at this http://home.comcast.net/~josh.kaplan1/film.htm its a sie dedicated to spotting pinball in movies.
    Last updated 2005, I think it's dead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carl Spiby View Post
    Last updated 2005, I think it's dead.
    Or is it just that pinball is dead…




    …enough to have stopped appearing in new feature films.
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    even if the sites dead its a big list and would have answerd kolchak357's question, also it may make you watch some movies. I like how they post scene and times if you want to just see the pins.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt McIrvin View Post
    ...That wasn't even the only unsuccessful attempt at the "ginormous pinball machine" theme in the Seventies. The idea seemed to be in the air somehow. There were plans for a Doctor Who feature film called "Doctor Who Meets Scratchman", starring Tom Baker, in which he fought the Devil, who, at the climax, trapped everyone in a giant pinball machine.

    And Sid and Marty Krofft produced a short-lived indoor amusement park in Atlanta that had a dark ride themed to a giant pinball machine in which you rode in the ball.
    Further research reveals that all of these strange things happened almost simultaneously in one fairly short time period, 1975-76.

    I was disappointed to find that Atari's Hercules was from 1979, but then found out it was inspired by Bally's unproduced "Bigfoot" prototype, developed in... 1976!

    I leave it to others to speculate on what was in the water at that time that gave people quixotic dreams of gigantic pinball machines.

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    ..onetwothreeFOURfive! SixseveneightNINEten! Eleven tweeeeeeEeelve!

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pinball_Number_Count

    ALSO produced in 1976 (though first aired on Sesame Street in '77). The prosecution rests, Your Honor.

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    Superman II , the now restored to Kryptonian strength, Clark Kent sends the trucker bully into a Pinball machine , "i've uh, been working out"

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    Pinballs to the right in arcade....its quick but the song rocks and so does the movie!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_jvqPvDUEW8
    Last edited by SKILL_SHOT; 07-30-2012 at 07:08 PM.

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