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Special When Lit (2009)

What made more money than the entire American movie industry through the 50s and 60s? Pinball. Special When Lit rediscovers the lure of a lost pop icon. A product of the mechanical and ... See full summary »

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What made more money than the entire American movie industry through the 50s and 60s? Pinball. Special When Lit rediscovers the lure of a lost pop icon. A product of the mechanical and electrical age, the American invention swept the world and defined cool. Now it is relegated to a nostalgic footnote deserving a better fate. Joining the fans, collectors, designers and champion players from across the globe who share a world many of us didn't know still existed. Written by BSullivan

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When Sam Harvey is interviewed, his location is given as "California" and he mentions he bought his house in 1976. On his fridge, among other things, are 2 magnets showing WMJI Majic 105.7 FM, an oldies station from Cleveland, Ohio. See more »

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Disturbing....
23 January 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I assume that the folks who made this documentary about pinball machines and the players did so with every intention that they were celebrating the industry. However, as I watched, my reaction was far different--I felt a bit disturbed. That's because many of the people featured in the film seemed to have very limited social skills. Their lives were the game. And, it seemed to me as I watched that the pinball games were, in some cases, replacements for intimacy and a substitute for sex. So, as I heard some of these folks make outrageous statements about how 'pinball is a sport' and 'we are athletes'....I just kept thinking that I was watching an episode of "Big Bang Theory". And, the overall effect just seemed rather sad--such as the one pinball champion who had no job yet spent an average of four hours a day playing. Sad...very sad. So, from a socio-psychological point of view, the film is well worth seeing and is engaging.

By the way, if you watch "Special When Lit" and enjoyed it, try watching "The King of Kong"--a fascinating film about the insane quest to obtain the world's record for Donkey Kong.


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