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

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#319 6 years ago

Someone may have mentioned this, but in the movie "They Came Together" Paul Rudd's character has a Williams Olympic Hockey in his apartment.

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#321 6 years ago

Watching the movie "Dust Devil" and there's a Four Aces machine in the bar scene.

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#336 6 years ago
Quoted from sed6:

Probably mentioned already but just now I'm watching The Thing. Haven't bothered to look of this is a real game or not.
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I enjoy the irony of "Heatwave" in The Thing's arctic station and a "Universe" in The Theory of Everything. It's set designers having fun.

1 month later
#343 6 years ago

This might be the next machine from Jersey Jack.

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#363 5 years ago
Quoted from Spraynard:

Spotted some machines in the opening scenes of Ash vs. The Evil Dead! They're out of focus, so I can't really tell what they are.
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Maybe be a 1st Edition Harley Davidson?

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#384 5 years ago
Quoted from TheLaw:

Weird just saw 2 in 2 days.
Goldbergs last night had King Rock & something else
CW "Originals" (I think) had Stryker eXtereme...always love them royalty free chime files

I noticed that on The Goldbergs too - I think it was a 1972 Gottlieb World Series.
A lot of that episode was set in a 1980's-era arcade, so I was hoping to see more.

#390 5 years ago
Quoted from John_I:

Southpark
» YouTube video

Never noticed that it's a Howard the Duck pin.

For those who don't know, this is a parody of the famous scene in "The Accused," which used a Space Invaders machine, rethemed with original basketball artwork as Slamdunk.

2 months later
#427 5 years ago
Quoted from Insane:

Saw Deadpool last night. Thumbs up, NOT for kids. There are a couple of Gottliebs in it. Unfortunately i'm not good at quick identification. I saw the coin door on one and saw the sticker so i knew gottlieb, then during the credits, they reference gottlieb.

I also noticed in the credits - "special thanks to D. Gottlieb & Co."

A playfield glass got smashed in a fight scene, but the cabinet was covered up and I couldn't make out a title.

1 month later
#442 5 years ago
Quoted from dmbjunky:

I was watching Walking Dead. In season three, episode "Clear" there's a pinball machine but can't figure out what it is. Pretty distinct side though.
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Looks like a Mata Hari.

3 months later
#491 5 years ago

Has someone mentioned the pin in The Big Short? A corner of the cabinet is shown for about two seconds, but I think it might be a Stern Stars.

3 weeks later
#518 5 years ago
Quoted from trunchbull:

There's one in a cafe in Italy that Anderson designed himself, it's super cute:

Looks like a re-themed Gottlieb Orbit.

#525 5 years ago
Quoted from girloveswaffles:

The pin was in 1996, not 2374. The ship and crew went back in time.

Probably one of those upcoming FTr's I've heard about.

3 weeks later
#548 5 years ago

There are a few in Jaws 2 - one is a Four Queens, but I can't make out the rest. Maybe a Spanish Eyes?

4 weeks later
#559 5 years ago

Not really a sighting, but I noticed a fun reference on MST3K. On the episode "The Beatniks" there's a billiard-themed Invention Exchange and Tom Servo says "Eight Ball Deluxe! Quit talkin' and start chalkin'."

1 month later
#579 4 years ago
Quoted from xTheBlackKnightx:

Most machines I have seen in a commercial in a while.
Stern, BLY, Sega, WMS, and others.
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Either that arcade has two Addams Familys or they rearranged the set to shoot the reverse angle on the kid.

#586 4 years ago

Happy Endings, season 2, episode 7: Dave plays a Fireball Home Edition at the bar, re-themed as "Lizard Lounge."

#590 4 years ago

4 Million BC spotted in this week's episode of Timeless.

#592 4 years ago
Quoted from Darcy:

There is also a pin in the bar scene, it is in the background, out of focus. This is the second Timeless episode with pins on screen. Some one on the show likes them. The series is filmed in Vancouver.

BTW - 4 Million BC in a time travel show? They not only like pins, they're having fun with their job!

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#609 4 years ago

Grease 2 (which is set in 1961) has a bowling alley scene with a Travel Time (1973), Drop A Card (1971), El Toro (1970), and at least two others in the deep background that I can't make out.

2 months later
#643 4 years ago
Quoted from Darcy:

Timeless episode, 'Karma Chameleon' airing tonight. Another pin in the bar scene. An multi player EM game. There are many different shots of it in the background.
That is third episode with a pin in it.

I saw that episode last night - Thought it might be a Super Soccer?

1 week later
#651 4 years ago
Quoted from Jackontherocks:

Episode of All In The Family, pin in back starts I think with Night

Bally Night Rider?

1 week later
#659 4 years ago
Quoted from TheLaw:

Back to the arcade in this weeks episode, Adam gets a job there, with the same 2 games plus another

Looks like a Gottlieb Domino.

I was watching the movie Deep Red (1975) and a Jungle Life makes an appearance for about one second in a cafe scene.

#669 4 years ago
Quoted from RCA1:

Delta Queen and ?

Mini Cycle?

#675 4 years ago
Quoted from DanQverymuch:

Does anyone recognize this game, as seen in the recent music video by Pierce The Veil of their new single, Floral Fading?

Stern Galaxy, 1980.

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#685 4 years ago

In this week's Modern Family there was a row of modern pins at the bowling alley. They were hard to make out, but I think one was a Mustang.

2 weeks later
#696 4 years ago

Veronica Mars: season 3, episode 4. A Baywatch is prominently featured at the frat house... One that's apparently been retro-fitted with EM chimes.

3 months later
#762 4 years ago

The one with the dark backglass looks like a Gottlieb Spin A Card.

#768 4 years ago

Has anyone mentioned the Triple Strike that gets trashed in a street fight in Police Academy?

2 weeks later
#786 4 years ago

Episode 2 of Ozark has a brief scene in an arcade - no pins are shown but you can hear EM chimes in the background.

#790 4 years ago

In "Keeping Up With the Joneses" Zack Galifinakis has a Firepower II in the corner of his basement.

4 weeks later
#814 4 years ago

I don't have a screenshot, but there's a Dish Network commercial featuring the Property Brothers that has a PSO (pinball-shaped object) getting hoisted through a 2nd floor balcony and spilling quarters out its coin door.

1 month later
#854 4 years ago
Quoted from Mr_Tantrum:

New Nissan Titan commercial. Someone needs to identify for me.

Flip Flop.

2 months later
#951 3 years ago

For years my brothers and I would quote the opening line in Mick Jagger's accent: "A'right... Let's do it." We still find that movie hilarious.

BTW: Lost World and Paragon make a very well-thought out pair.

3 months later
#1065 3 years ago
Quoted from ImNotNorm:

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

Probably a Sing Along. Might be a Melody.

2 weeks later
#1088 3 years ago
Quoted from Jtm3:

Final scene of movie Ready Player One, a RFM in the background.

#1091 3 years ago
Quoted from IonRay:

There's a lot of fun things in that last shot, full size Robbie the robot, Taito Space Invaders, Robotron and of course that nice looking RFM.

Check out the Klingon bat'leth on the window ledge.

3 months later
#1191 3 years ago
Quoted from Jackontherocks:

Horrible movie House of Dead 2, noticed three pins about 40mins into movie.
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Looks like Flip Flop, Travel Time and Swinger. Nice!

3 months later
#1317 2 years ago
Quoted from boscokid:

From the greatest concert film documentary ever made.
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Pfft. That's not Truth or Dare.

3 weeks later
#1325 2 years ago
Quoted from CodHollandaise:

Anyone know these two from Once Upon a Time in America?
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The other one looks like a Flying Carpet.

2 months later
#1429 2 years ago
Quoted from gmanrulz46:

the movie with jody foster had pinballs and arcade machines.. the accused. dont remember the games though...

The game in the notorious scene was a Space Invaders, but re-themed by the production with a basketball theme. Can't imagine Bally (or Atari) would ever want their license seen in that setting.

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#1468 2 years ago
Quoted from Mr_Tantrum:

Tonight’s episode of Outdoor Man. I’m guessing the graphics are fake, but can anyone tell if the play field is real?
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Stellar Wars?

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#1476 2 years ago
Quoted from BigDan:

What is the machine at the end of Metalllica’s Nothing else matters music video? It’s behind Lars at the 6:22 mark.

Lost World?

7 months later
#1715 1 year ago
Quoted from bssbllr:

Law and order any one know the game ?[quoted image]

Williams De Luxe Baseball, 1953.

#1717 1 year ago

Season 1, episode 14 of The Repair Shop (BBC, available in the US on Netflix) features a Williams Triple Strike - formerly used as a kitchen counter(!), converted back into proper working order.

3 weeks later
#1750 1 year ago
Quoted from fatality83:

Trucks has a road king in it. There is two pins in maximum overdrive but can't recall what they were, it has been awhile since I watched it.

Giancarlo Esposito gets attacked by a Night Rider in Maximum Overdrive.

4 weeks later
#1791 1 year ago
Quoted from ImNotNorm:

Godzilla (1998)
Looks like the playfield of an old wooden rail pin.
Not sure which pin though.
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1956 Bally Parade bingo playfield as a wall hanging.

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#1826 1 year ago
Quoted from DropTarget:

Season 2 was positively brilliant.
It went quickly as Showtime aired 2 episodes at a time, so the whole thing lasted 5 weeks.
but I digress......back to pinball.......[quoted image][quoted image][quoted image]

Looks like a re-themed Roller Coaster Tycoon.

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#2053 1 year ago
Quoted from o-din:

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Sargent Carter and a mystery bingo.

1953 United Tropics?

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#2059 1 year ago
Quoted from Mardi-Gras-Man:

1956 movie SOMEBODY UP THERE LIKES ME
Paul Newman and Pier Angeli got a woodrail in their apartment.
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Genco Merry Widow, 1948.

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#2078 1 year ago
Quoted from Bonk:

Biloxi Blues 1988. Not sure which games these are-
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They're playing a 1960 Gottlieb Dancing Dolls.
The woodrail in the foreground is a 1948 United Manhattan.

#2091 1 year ago
Quoted from SonicZone:

"Five Easy Pieces" (1970) - Got 3 of the 5 pictured:
Far Left: Cover Girl (Gottlieb, 1962)
Middle: Lucky Strike (Williams, 1965; I -think- its ball-in-play score reel is on that backglass, if not then it's the Bowl-A-Strike AAB)
Far Right: North Star (Gottlieb, 1964)
I'll let you all ID the other two...[quoted image]

Middle left looks like a Williams 1975 Little Chief.

Ed: never mind! Little Chief wouldn't come out for another 5 years! Middle left could be a 1964 Williams Soccer. Middle right could be Zig Zag/Wing Ding (also Williams '64)?

#2106 1 year ago
Quoted from pinwiztom:

I think TopMoose is correct about ZigZag (or Wing Ding)
definitely a reverse wedgehead, score reel placement match up and colors on BG make sense.
not that many reverse wedgeheads to contradict .

I'm standing by my guess. Here's a comparison.

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#2123 1 year ago
Quoted from Captainhook:

Two on "Fast n Loud " this was the best shot I could get.
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Williams Hot Line and Aztec?

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#2158 1 year ago
Quoted from ImNotNorm:

Storage Wars Canada S01E01
Can anyone tell me what machine it is?
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Gottlieb Fire Queen or Vulcan, 1977.

#2175 1 year ago
Quoted from PinMonk:

It looks kind of like Home Run 1940, but it's hard to tell...

I was going to guess Chicago Coin Majors, 1939.

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#2188 1 year ago
Quoted from fnosm:

The Americans
Season 2 Episode 8
"New Car"
Flash/Blackout/Firepower/LaserCue/Flash[quoted image][quoted image]

That episode takes place in 1982 or 83 as I recall, so props to the set designers for avoiding any anachronism with their choices.
But it is weird that there are two Flashes in that lineup.

#2200 1 year ago
Quoted from ImNotNorm:

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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Creature From the Black Lagoon.

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#2226 1 year ago
Quoted from Captainhook:

Las Vegas, S5 E5 there are three games a FireBall and what looks like a Firepower in the back and the third I don't know.
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That third one is a Future Spa.

#2230 1 year ago

I see that the Night Rider in Spaceballs' diner scene has been mentioned, but I'm not sure if anyone caught the Space Invaders in Lonestar's Winnebago. That cockpit is deceptively large to hold a Bally widebody!

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BTW: It's not a re-theme. The "Spaceballs" logo came up on screen when I paused the movie and just happened to be centered on the backglass in this frame.

#2239 1 year ago
Quoted from o-din:

A collector of Beatles memorabilia on the show Collector's Call.
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Bally Strange Science (1986)
Williams Deluxe Batting Champ (1961)
Data East Rocky & Bullwinkle (1993)

#2254 1 year ago
Quoted from Joe_Blasi:

Stranger Things pinball has an laser war arcade game in it. And logo is the one from the LASER WAR pinball

That's anachronistic. Stranger Things is set in 1983, 84 and 85 and Laser War was released in 1987. Maybe it was the earliest game Stern had the rights to show?

#2257 1 year ago
Quoted from o-din:

That's nothing. On Happy Days, they were able to transport a Space Time from another time and space. Fonzie must have been the original Bally table king
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I believe Fonzie also had the high score on Nip It for a while.

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#2353 1 year ago
Quoted from Blitzburgh99:

North Dallas Forty....is Nolte looking at the women or the pins???
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Looks like El Toro (1972) and Monte Carlo/Odds & Evens (1973).

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#2387 1 year ago
Quoted from mrm_4:

Archer for the win!
Few games here. I only care about Firepower.
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I spotted an Aerosmith in that lineup. I was hoping to find an Iron Maiden in there.

#2396 1 year ago
Quoted from Daditude:

The 2005 film "Waiting..."[quoted image]

Williams Honey (1971)

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#2451 11 months ago
Quoted from SunnRAT:

I'm a big fan of 70s Italian crime flicks. Watching one called Mad Dog Killer from 1977. What are the two pins in the background?[quoted image]

Sky Jump (Gottlieb 74) on the left.
Still working on the other. Possibly a pitch & bat?

#2452 11 months ago
Quoted from SunnRAT:

I'm a big fan of 70s Italian crime flicks. Watching one called Mad Dog Killer from 1977. What are the two pins in the background?[quoted image]

Got it! Hayburners II (Williams 68).

#2454 11 months ago

Grazie! Anche Io sono un tifoso de la cinema Italiana (ma preferesco i gialli).

#2456 11 months ago
Quoted from SunnRAT:

fantastico! mi piacciono anche quelli gialli
il flipper appare nella maggior parte dei film. Soprattutto i film di Lenzi.

Bravo Lenzi. Mi piacciano di piu i filmi di Mario Bava e Dario Argento. Mi ho imparrato Italiano per guardare senza subtitoli.

#2468 11 months ago
Quoted from SunnRAT:

What are they bullshitting over? Turn around and play some pinball!

Srsly. That’s an awesome lineup.

#2482 11 months ago
Quoted from Blitzburgh99:

The next episode of Jack and Ozzy Show on AXS TV....commercial
Looks like he might be playing Shrek? What are the games?
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The blue one in the foreground is Junk Yard.

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#2497 11 months ago
Quoted from SunnRAT:

One Dark Night (1983)
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On that last photo I see:

Space Mission
Vulcan
?
Stern Stars
Strikes N' Spares
?
Card Whiz?

#2500 11 months ago
Quoted from SunnRAT:

Bally Nitro Groundshaker? Not 100% sure though.
Edit: Nope, its not Nitro. Heres another screenshot. [quoted image]

Could it be Aladdin’s Castle?

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#2528 10 months ago
Quoted from ImNotNorm:

The Liquidator....again.
The first pic has a STTNG and a EM Kingpin. I can't make out the rest of them.
Same goes for the second pic....I don't recognize it.
Anyone?
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Top photo: BK2K, Casanova?, Sing Along.

#2529 10 months ago
Quoted from ImNotNorm:

The Liquidator....again.
The first pic has a STTNG and a EM Kingpin. I can't make out the rest of them.
Same goes for the second pic....I don't recognize it.
Anyone?
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Bottom photo: Williams Jumpin’ Jacks (1963)

#2545 10 months ago
Quoted from koen12344:

In the trailer for the upcoming movie "Nobody" (around 2:00)

Not sure what game it is
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This one is really bothering me.

The cabinet looks like a late 70's/early 80s style and the playfield has Williams-style triangle arrow inserts, but I cannot find any such games with werewolf side art or even a monster theme from that era. It looks like there are four targets in the center playfield that spell "WOLF," but if this is a re-theme, I can't find a game that looks like that. It looks like the inlanes and outlanes also spell WOLF.

Could it be a rare Zaccharia, Segasa or other European manufacturer that I'm overlooking?

#2548 10 months ago
Quoted from pzy:

It must be a re-theme, I don't think there's any machine with a werewolf on the side
Edit: The rule card says "Revenge of" something, but that could be customized too

I think you're right, but now the question is: what's it a re-theme of?

BTW, shout out to the set designers. A werewolf-themed game is the perfect choice for a character with a deadly alter ego.

#2551 10 months ago
Quoted from Bonk:

Looks like a re-themed Stellar Wars.
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Good call!

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#2569 10 months ago
Quoted from Charlemagne1987:

Last night on Entertainment Tonight they were interviewing one of the Back Street Boys, talking about him and his wife’s 20th Anniversary and there was a nice looking Elvis pin in the background. I wish they would’ve shown him playing it. The interview would have been more interesting with some Elvis pin action.

I noticed it during their performance in the “Stay Home Concert” special televised in April. It was Brian Littrell, yes?

#2580 9 months ago
Quoted from bssbllr:

Not a movie or or tv show but a Kia commercial.
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Bally Expressway (1971) with added backbox lighting.

#2581 9 months ago
Quoted from Blutarsky:

Best picture of 1946 The Best Years of Our Lives. They must be flipperless machines. Apparently two are Hi Hats in different locations. Can't make out the other over Homer Parrish's shoulder. Edit:FTA The Hi-Hat is a 1941 Genco machine.
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Genco Big Town (1940).

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#2598 9 months ago
Quoted from Binkley:

Anyone able to identify this pinball from Angel Heart?
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Bally Silver Sails bingo machine (1962).

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#2668 8 months ago

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#2670 8 months ago
Quoted from bob_e:

From TV show CAR KINGS two of the cast members were playing pinball. I only caught this part, I don't know if these games were in their break room or where. They were playing Wizard and 4 Million BC. The name of the shop where they customize cars is GALPIN AUTO SPORT. Poor quality picture is from my cell phone .
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Laserball on the left.

#2673 8 months ago
Quoted from o-din:

I saw a new TV ad the other day, where for a second or two they show a lady playing what looks like a Bally Expressway.
Can't remember what they were selling though.

Kia Sorrento.
Check out p. 52 of this topic to see a photo and a video link to the ad.