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(1979)

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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.
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Jodie Foster was considered to star as the titular lead.
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The movie was scheduled to for a 1978 release by Warner Bros. Ultimately, they tested the film in 6 cities in early 1979 before shelving it, pending re-edits. The film's primary investor, Mel Simon, bought back the rights to the film from Warner Bros. in 1980 and writer-director Rudy Durand then re-edited it. They were unable to secure further theatrical distribution, but in 1981 it played in heavy rotation on Showtime and debuted on NBC. The longer Warner Bros. print inexplicably wound up being released on home video by Continental Video.
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The age of the Brenda Louise Davenport (Brooke Shields) character was fourteen. In real life, Shields had turned thirteen when the film was shot, and was almost fourteen when the picture premiered in April 1979.
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The Raiders jacket Brooke Shields wears in the film belonged to writer/director Rudy Durand.
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Writer-director Rudy Durand made potential crew members read the screenplay. He only hired people to work on the film whom he felt liked the script.
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Rudy Durand began pitching the idea for this film in the late '60s. He contracted others to write the screenplay but wasn't satisfied with the results, so he ultimately wrote it himself.
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Brooke Shields invited the film's crew to her house for dinner and prepared fettuccine. In a 1978 article, she revealed, "It came out like - well, remember the depression, those pictures of people lined up and getting slop from a big pot? That's what my fettuccine was like. For my next party I made chicken."
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The nickname of Harold Remmens (Charles Durning) was "The Whale" whilst the nickname of Brenda Louise Davenport (Brooke Shields) was "Tilt".
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Rudy Durand performed a number of roles on this picture. Durand was the director, a co-writer, the producer, musical director, and in the sound department, was responsible for the pinball machine musical sound effects.
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This was the only film directed by Rudy Durand.
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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 versions of the film were then subsequently released on television and home video.
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Publicity for this picture stated that the movie was shot on locations in pinball parlors from Texas to California.
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The winner's stakes for the big pinball game challenge was US $400.
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In this 1979 movie, Brooke Shields portrays a teenage character who is an expert pinball player, a title which is often been labeled a "pinball whiz" or "pinball champion" or "pinball wizard". The latter had been previously popularized during the mid-1970s where Elton John had played a character called the Pinball Wizard in the 1975 Ken Russell film Tommy (1975). Tilt (1979) was made and released about four years after Tommy (1975).
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Brooke Shields said of this movie in the film's original first release publicity: "No matter how many movies I make, not matter who I work with, Tilt (1979) will always be something very dear to me. Everyone, everything from Tilt (1979) - I'll treasure. In my heart, it has never ended and never will".
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An earlier version of the movie, produced and directed by Rudy Durand, executive producer Robert T. Skodis, screenplay by Martin Zweibeck, James Creen, Rudy Durand, and Lee Garmes, started filming 5 Jun 1972. This version must not have been completed.
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The movie's flashing closing title card read "GAME OVER". This is a games pun on the typical traditional motion picture ending title card of "THE END".
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