Bingo in the movies

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Beach Blanket Bingo

If you’re a movie lover, you’ll know that bingo appears in many famous films. Do you remember these bingo scenes?

Hotel Transylvania (2012)

Bingo features in the children’s animated film Hotel Transylvania. The quirky characters play bingo at the hotel, but the game is a little different to how we know it. Instead of numbered balls, the spinner contains tiny skulls that whisper the numbers to the bingo caller. The game gets competitive when Frankenstein’s wife Eunice, voiced by the inimitable Fran Drescher, gets a line and the gremlin next to her interferes by eating her bingo card. Well, that’s one way to wipe out the competition!

Beach Blanket Bingo (1965)

This classic Hollywood movie is part of the Beach Party series. It stars Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello, and begins with a fun alternative version of the bingo game. The characters lay out their blankets on the beach and dance on them with a partner. They keep switching blankets and partners until they find one they like and, as the stars sing, “bingo, you’ve won!” The Beach Party movies were camp and fun, like an American answer to the British Carry On films.

Inglourious Basterds (2009)

Inglourious Basterds doesn’t feature a bingo game as such, but the word “bingo” and concept of the game features in one of the movie’s most famous quotes. It comes in a hilarious scene where German SS officier Hans Landa (Christoph Waltz) is talking about ending the war with American Lieutenant Raine (Brad Pitt) and Private Utivich (B.J. Novak). When Landa successfully guesses the identity of their commanding officer, he gleefully says “ooh, that’s a bingo!” The Americans have to explain that he should actually say simply “bingo!”

Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods (2013)

Another animated film featuring a bingo game is Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods. This popular Japanese animation sees the characters play in a bingo tournament arranged by Bulma, a girl who is a science genius and inventor, as part of her birthday party. She entices the characters to come and play her bingo game by offering impressive prizes, such as a castle, a plane, and all seven of the powerful Dragon Balls.


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