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Pinball in movies or TV shows? Name a game you have seen in the background?

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#957 3 years ago

The wife watches "All in the Family" at bed time & saw Archie Bunker playing a Bally's Night Rider at Kelsey's Bar.

She now wants a Night Rider...

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#966 3 years ago

Everybody loves Raymond - "confronting the attacker"

Robert faces off with a young punk playing a Jack Bot pinball machine in a convenience store.

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#1056 3 years ago

Watching a show called 'The Liquidator' about a business owner in Vancouver, Canada.

Ended up seeing a TFTC in the background. There was another pin next to it but its half covered up and I can't quite make out what it is.

I'd love to check out his store sometime.

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#1058 3 years ago

'The Liquidator' show again. 2 pins in the background. One is a DE Simpsons, not sure what the one on the left is.

Just noticed the dude is in almost the exact same pose as the previous pic. Lol

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#1061 3 years ago

'The Liquidator ' again. Can anyone tell the pin next to the Star Trek?

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#1063 3 years ago
Quoted from ImNotNorm:

Watching a show called 'The Liquidator' about a business owner in Vancouver, Canada.

Quoted from setzkor:

Where does this "Liquidator" have his shop... He seems to be liquidating a lot of pins

#1064 3 years ago

Moulin Rouge

Can't tell the rest

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#1075 3 years ago

The liquidator buys two pins on a whim.....a playboy and a...?

#1081 3 years ago
Quoted from DanQverymuch:

A Playboy and a Playboy! 35th Anniversary edition that is...
Or did he buy one of those and the Scared Stiff in the middle? That'd be a screaming deal at $3400!

I think he got a playboy and scared stiff. He had the scared stiff at his store in a next episode.

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#1122 3 years ago

Was watching shipping wars and one of the shippers moved an entire arcade/pinball collection.

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#1136 3 years ago

The Liquidator with another pin...

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#1138 3 years ago
Quoted from northerndude:

What channel/show is this on?

City TV and I think OLN. It's a great show.

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#1141 3 years ago
Quoted from dirkdiggler:

Can't wait for my next trip to Vancouver area. Direct liquidation is a must stop for the wife and I.

Funny you mention that...the wife and I said the same thing. We would like to get prop statues for the game room.

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#1169 3 years ago

Was watching "Tanked" this morning and they were tasked with turning a Stingray pinball into an aquarium. The client wanted the pinball to be playable after it was turned into a fish tank.

The Tanked guys ended up smashing the backglass at the shop and even Tim from the Pinball HOF made a cameo.

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#1171 3 years ago
Quoted from Colsond3:

What did they do? Find a repro?

I think they did it on purpose to create TV drama. Then the replacement (original or repro) arrived "just in time" when they we're installing it at the owner's house.

#1173 3 years ago
Quoted from VectorGamer:

I've been binge watching Archie Bunker's Place on Antenna TV. Anyone know what the pinball machine is in the bar? Or should I take a picture and post?

Seems like they rotated them through....here's a list for each episode that a pinball appears.

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#1174 3 years ago
Quoted from ImNotNorm:

Was watching "Tanked" this morning and they were tasked with turning a Stingray pinball into an aquarium. The client wanted the pinball to be playable after it was turned into a fish tank.
The Tanked guys ended up smashing the backglass at the shop and even Tim from the Pinball HOF made a cameo. [quoted image][quoted image][quoted image][quoted image][quoted image][quoted image][quoted image][quoted image]

The more I look at this pin....the more I realize how much it's going to suck to service it when something needs fixing.

#1176 3 years ago
Quoted from VectorGamer:

I'm referring to the follow-up series "Archie Bunker's Place" where Archie owns his own bar and restaurant. I'm in season 2 right now and the same pinball machine has been on the set.

The only pinball reference I could find for "Archie Bunkers Place" was a 1978 Gottlieb 'Hit The Deck.'

#1181 3 years ago
Quoted from dirkdiggler:

I've been hooked on this show for years and there's a ton of pin spottings. They definitely have a rct in the shop (seen in many episodes)
The pin episode definitely came with 2 backglasses. Gotta create drama right? Just like every car fix up show at some point says "I don't know if we're going to make the deadline"

I liked the show originally but it seems like the newer episodes constantly involve celebrities. I'd rather see a random company, brewery, bar, casino have tanks made compared to musicians, celebrities, comedians etc.

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#1201 3 years ago
Quoted from xsvtoys:

Rumble in the Bronx with Jackie Chan. This clip on YouTube shows the scene with 4 pins. One is a nice Bally Strikes and Spares, I can’t ID the others offhand. You get various nice shots of the machines in the first part of the scene, then at about the 3 minutes mark the pins become center stage and part of the action! And destroyed in the process.

Just watched this movie again, while it is completely silly in every possible way it’s still a classic. Because. Jackie Chan. It has one of his best all time stunts where he jumps from the top of one building and lands on a balcony on a building ACROSS THE STREET. No wires, no CGI, completely real. Unbelievable. The outtakes at the end show him breaking his leg making a jump onto the hovercraft, as well as multiple stunt men and women breaking their legs and getting badly hurt doing motorcycle stunts. Crazy.

Best Jackie Chan movie in my opinion!!

I remember those pins take an absolute beating in that scene!

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#1286 2 years ago

Seinfeld Season 9 - The Serenity now episode

Elaine confronts Mr. Lippman's son...and in his room there is a Fireball backglass or translite hanging behind him on the wall.
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#1333 2 years ago

'A nite at the Roxbury'

The dad interrupts the Butabi brothers waxing their backs and reveals a pinball in their room. Not sure what pin it is though.
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#1363 2 years ago
Quoted from northerndude:

Just watching some classic Married with Children on my Married with Children 24/7 channels on Android iptv
Funhouse[quoted image]

I loved that show!

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#1490 2 years ago
Quoted from E_liffers:

In Archie Bunkers Place there is either a Hit the Deck or Neptune

Quoted from VectorGamer:

"Archie Bunker's Place" where Archie owns his own bar and restaurant. I'm in season 2 right now and the same pinball machine has been on the set.

Quoted from ImNotNorm:

The only pinball reference I could find for "Archie Bunkers Place" was a 1978 Gottlieb 'Hit The Deck.'

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#1534 2 years ago

That 70's show
Season 5 episode 1 - Going to California

Future Spa in the background

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#1538 2 years ago

That 70s Show
Season 4 episode 8 - Donna's Story

Kelso invest in a pinball machine to make some money.

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#1558 2 years ago
Quoted from Captainhook:

Saw this in the movie "Deadpool". Anyone know what this is?[quoted image]

Dude on the cabinet looks like Guy Fawkes.

#1563 2 years ago

That 70s show. Season 3 episode 3.

Looks like a 1977 Big Deal

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#1564 2 years ago

That 70s Show
Season 3 episode 17 - "Kitty's birthday"

Can't tell what it is. Anybody know?
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#1566 2 years ago
Quoted from Pecos:

Travel Time or Summer Time.

You are correct. It's the same pin Kelso tries to make money off of the next season. Just went back to my previous post to see its the same.

Quoted from ImNotNorm:

That 70s Show
Season 4 episode 8 - Donna's Story
Kelso invest in a pinball machine to make some money.[quoted image][quoted image][quoted image]

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#1605 2 years ago

Married with Children
Season 9 episode 26 - "Radio Free Trumaine"

Funhouse can be seen in the background.
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#1618 2 years ago

Married with Children
Season 7 Episode 11 - "Old College Try"

The Bundy's think the bank made an error in their favor and go on a 25K spending spree. Fireball pin in the background is one of the many expensive purchases they made. Turns out they spent Bud's 25k college tuition grant, lol.
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#1631 2 years ago

"Rumble in the Bronx' has already been mentioned when they destroy a few machines during a fight scene. But I just noticed a bunch of playfield wall art later on in the movie as well.

Can anyone name those playfields?

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#1732 1 year ago

Watching a late 90's/early2000's sitcom called "Just Shoot Me."
Season 5 episode 20.

David Spade's character plays a pinball at his Sugar Momma's house.

Name that pin! (cos I can't)

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#1745 1 year ago
Quoted from pzy:

They didn't do a very thorough job covering up the name with orange tape![quoted image]

Good eye! I didn't even notice that, lol

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#1755 1 year ago

Yogurt Skittles commercial there's a Tee'd off in the background.

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#1757 1 year ago
Quoted from HighVoltage:

"We need a scene where the cop confronts some juvenile delinquents."
"Let's do the pinball machine in the convenience store!"
This must have been an early prototype Jack*Bot, you could here the score reels and other EM effects, ha. Also, this was when they were still putting the switch in the back left bottom!
It made me wonder what time period the show was supposed to be taking place. But I guess it might not be that unrealistic if it's contemporary to when it was made.
Since the machine is obvious, name the show, ha. Bonus points if you know this scene's plot!
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Everybody Loves Raymond - Confronting the attacker

Robert Barone confronts a young punk at a convenience store and ends up getting rattled when the kid starts giving him grief.

(I know this cos I posted about it in this thread a while back)

#1759 1 year ago
Quoted from HighVoltage:

Ha, don't spoil it for the others! But why is he rattled?
Ah, found your post: but you didn't have the pic... now we got it.

I believe he got rattled because it was his first shift back to work after getting gored in the ass by a bull. Lol

#1767 1 year ago

American Pickers - Texas Treasures

A old flipperless mechanical pin was picked for $800. They get it appraised at a value of $850.

The appraisal guy had an EM in his home that was also pictured during the show.
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#1787 1 year ago

Friends - 'The one with the flashback'

Sorry about the bad glare on the tv.

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#1790 1 year ago

Godzilla (1998)

Looks like the playfield of an old wooden rail pin.
Not sure which pin though.

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#1842 1 year ago
Quoted from LeChuck:

It has bugged me forever trying to identify this, but I remember when I was little seeing Space Mission/Odyssey in a bar scene in either 'All in the Family' or maybe 'Archie Bunker's Place'. We had one growing up, so I immediately recognized the cabinet art (I believe it was in the foreground facing out towards Caroll O'Connor). I'd love to figure out exactly what show/episode that was ..

Quoted from ImNotNorm:

Seems like they rotated them through....here's a list for each episode that a pinball appears.[quoted image]

Maybe this post will help ^

#1845 1 year ago
Quoted from LeChuck:

I had a feeling it would be in here somewhere, but for some reason searching didn't turn up your post. Did you create that list by watching all the episodes? I.e. Do you think it's definitive or could there be more? Now I'm tempted to do it to see where I saw Space Mission/Odyssey. Could have been the spinoff show too .. I don't really remember much other than seeing it and saying "Hey!"

I found that somewhere online.

There was a spin off show called "Archies Place" so it could have been during that show that you saw the space mission/odyssey.

My wife watched both shows and said both had pins in them at the bar.

#1862 1 year ago

Talladega Nights. NASCAR pin

Sorry for the bad reflection on the TV

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#1882 1 year ago

Just do a word search for the thread. As long as people type the name of the show when posting then it shouldn't be too hard to see if somethings been posted before.

#1898 1 year ago
Quoted from MacroMegas:

Pam Grier’s sons are playing Harlem Globetrotters when she finds them skipping school in Mars Attacks!

Was watching the movie and got some screenshots of it. I used the search function to find this comment with no pics.

So here are the pics
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#1933 1 year ago

Yea, we need pictures or it didn't happen.

Great work making all those keyposts PinMonk !

#1941 1 year ago
Quoted from Bohdi:

Strikes and Spares and Bobby Orr was also in Detroit Rock City, can't make out the 3rd.
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Quoted from churchy473:

Strikes and Spares & Power Play in Detroit Rock City.

Mentioned 6 years ago w/pictures.

#1946 1 year ago
Quoted from pinij93:

Grown ups in the restraunt scene there is a black knight

Quoted from oldskool1969:

HYPERBALL and BLACK NIGHT in the movie Grown Ups

Quoted from Jackontherocks:

Watching the movie Grown Ups and there are two pins in the quick arcade scence after restaurant in cabin I believe.

Watching Grown Ups and saw some pins. Did a thread search to see if it's been mentioned, and it had. But no pics....so here you go.
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#1951 1 year ago
Quoted from Jackontherocks:

Grow ups movie, first pin hyperball my guess and not sure other one.
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I searched for the name of the movie . Not 'grow ups'

#1953 1 year ago
Quoted from PinMonk:

That's why using the thread topic index at the top of each page is the most reliable way to find what's in the thread. Grown Ups is in the topic index, correctly spelled. In a few more days it will have everything in it and be more accurate than searches, as you have experienced.

I used the thread search function because I knew all the key posts weren't finished yet. Once the key posts are done I'll search through that to see if something's been posted or not.

At least we got to see Salma Hayek.

#1969 1 year ago
Quoted from Bonk:

Stern Pinball in Home Improvement S5 EP19[quoted image]

Did the Toolman try giving it "more power?" Lol

#1971 1 year ago

Keep seeing this online casino ad on TV. Play Ojo is the name of the casino. I believe they are UK based.

Here's the ad...found it on YouTube.

#1975 1 year ago

Forged in Fire (S06E06)

I don't really watch this show...but caught it during my lunch break tonight at work. Looks like they salvaged some metal from an EM to make their swords. Not sure how it all ended since my break was 15 minutes.
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#1988 1 year ago
Quoted from PinMonk:

Yeah, I missed the name of the show because you just called back to the quoted text instead of putting the show name above the picture. It's easy to do when you're blasting through the thread to get almost 2000 posts indexed.
Just added it.

That's how I missed the Forged in Fire video. Not in the key post and not word searchable. I don't know how you're going through this entire thread to make these key post's, but it's appreciated. That's a lot of work.

Back on topic....here's an old CTV News clip my wife did a few years ago (air date December 24th 2017) about the pinball scene here in Edmonton. I completely forgot about it. She talks about the resurgence of competitive pinball and interviews a collector at his home. She ends up putting a high score on the guys new Hobbit pin, lol.

Video link & a few screenshots.

https://www.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=1220911
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#2013 1 year ago

BASEketball (1998)

Not sure what pin is in the background. You can hear the sounds of an EM during the movie.
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#2015 1 year ago
Quoted from Bonk:

Looks like a Big Guns[quoted image]

I think you're right!

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#2041 1 year ago

History Channel Documentary called 'Kingpin.'
This one was about Whitey Bulger/Irish mob.

They talk about how the Winter Hill gang controlled some of the pinball market back in 70's Boston. And they show a Fashion Show, Fast Draw, Goin' Nuts, Spiderman, Superman, Fireball, QBert.

I can't figure out the one next to the Qbert (which has a DMD) and the one with the yellow playfield.
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#2045 1 year ago

Date Nite (2010)
Hit-N-Run Baseball pinball.

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#2073 1 year ago

Tales from the Crypt - Season 5 Episode 11

The Crypt Keeper is playing a TFTC pinball at the beginning of the episode.

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#2095 1 year ago

Just noticed that both shipping wars episodes in the key posts are from the same episode. The same show and episode is key indexed twice. Just an FYI.

#2097 1 year ago
Quoted from PinMonk:

It got through because I didn't have the season/episode for the second one so it wasn't obvious it was a double. Fixed.

Yup...that's what happened. I didn't notice either until today when I scrolled through the pics and noticed the exact same machines. Just mentioned for index clarity.

#2100 1 year ago

A Pinbot in 'Click' with Adam Sandler.

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#2127 1 year ago

Binge watching some old Pawn Stars videos on youtube and saw an Evil Knievel.

They paid $1200 for it. Corey made a bad deal, lol

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#2128 1 year ago

Pawn Stars again. 1972 Line Drive pin.

The seller paid $800 for it and sold it to the Corey for $3,750.

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#2131 1 year ago
Quoted from RWH:

I've never seen them purchase a pin for it's going price at the time, always high and I wonder how they can get they're going to recoup their money.

Quoted from bob_e:

$3750 is more than I'm willing to pay. Looks like the cabinet has been repainted. Pitch and bat baseball are fun for 1 to 2 games but they just don't hole my interest. Seems to me they need to see their pinball consultant/restorer more often. Once the guy told them to pass on a two pin deal.

Corey seems to enjoy overpaying for pins.

I remember watching episodes years ago where Rick was negotiating for a Twister and Elton John (separate episodes). He wouldn't overpay so no deal would be made.

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#2157 1 year ago

Storage Wars Canada S01E01

Can anyone tell me what machine it is?

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#2174 1 year ago
Quoted from cheshirefilms:

That's Steve from Fun Billiards and Gameroom in Mesquite, TX.

Looks like he bent Corey over on that deal, lol.

#2187 1 year ago
Quoted from girloveswaffles:

The episode I need to find is the one where the locker had three quad runners and (drum-roll) a Checkpoint Pinball. They show it but it was totally ignored.

I remember that one. They were all hot and bothered for the quads. Lol

#2189 1 year ago
Quoted from girloveswaffles:

The episode I need to find is the one where the locker had three quad runners and (drum-roll) a Checkpoint Pinball. They show it but it was totally ignored.

Found it. Storage Wars S02E16 "Driving Miss Barry"

Turns out the quads we're only for sale and the Pinball wasn't included in the auction. They said it was "pending legal issues" regarding the pinball.

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#2199 1 year ago

Just watched "Dirty Work" with Norm MacDonald and Artie Lang.

1st scene is at Mazetti's bar has a Space Shuttle on the right. And looks like a black jack on the left?
2nd scene is at the movie theater but I can't tell what pin. Anybody?
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