|TILT (director/writer: Rudy Durand; screenwriters: Donald Cammell/story by Rudy Durand; cinematographer: Richard H. Kline; editor: Don Guidice; music: Lee Holdridge; cast: Brooke Shields (Brenda Davenport/Tilt), Charles Durning (The Whale), Gregory Walcott (Mr. Davenport), Helen Boll (Mrs. Davenport), Ken Marshall (Neil Gallagher), Harvey Lewis (Henry Bertolino), John Crawford (Mickey), Karen Lamm (Hype), Lorenzo Lamas (Casey Silverwater); Runtime: 101; MPAA Rating: PG; producer: Rudy Durand; Warner Brothers; 1979)|
|"A coming-of-age film that is a
by Dennis Schwartz
coming-of-age film that is a bomb. It's set in LA.
is the directorial debut of Rudy Durand. Donald
Cammell cowrites the script with him.
title character goes by the nickname Tilt (Brooke
Shields). She is a fourteen-year-old
pinball whiz-kid. Her friend Mickey (John
Crawford) owns a bar and helps her hustle
gambling games. In the bar, Tilt meets Texas traveller
Neil Gallagher (Ken Marshall),
an aspiring country singer. He schemes to get her to
hitchhike with him to Texas so he can use her to
hustle pinball players and make enough dough so he can
make a demo record for music producers. She likes his
folk tunes and leaves with him to get away from her
overbearing father (Gregory Walcott). Along
the way they challenge 'The Whale (Charles
Durning)', the pinball champ. Neil's best friend
and manager (Harvey Lewis) thinks this
hustle thing is a bad idea and walks out on his
Even its theme song “Long Rode to Texas” is a stinker.
REVIEWED ON 10/19/2015 GRADE: C
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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