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If you freeze it during the close up of the TV - it does look to be the Colecovision port of the game - with it's distinctive Zaxxon graphics and it's coarse (jerky) scrolling - certainly not the fine scrolling Atari 8-bit version.

 

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There's a lot of stuff in the IT Crowd, haven't spotted any Ataris but they do have a poster on the wall of Atari 400/800

 

Other machines I've spotted:

 

PET

NES

BBC Micro

Mac

Lots of old PC compatables

 

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Coronavirus time, so I have little more time to watch old movies in internet. And... I find Atari 800 in criminal comedy from Hong Kong (if I remember, or from Taiwan): "Aces go Places II" from1983 (also Atari 810 disk drive). :)

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On 10/18/2019 at 12:55 PM, Preppie said:

I thought there might be something in this movie so checked imdb

 

D.A.R.Y.L.

 

 

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How many people wrote Atari asking when Pole Position got high score saving? ;)

-Thom

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On 4/29/2008 at 4:40 AM, Retro Rogue said:

Anybody remember that show "Whiz Kids" from back in 1983?

"Whiz Kids" has been released on DVD and I'm so happy to have it!

(Knows in France as "Les petits génies" https://www.fnac.com/a9978716/Petits-genies-Integrale-DVD-Matthew-Laborteaux-DVD-Zone-2)

I have a fond memory of this series, broadcast in France on Antenne 2. Never missed an episode. "Ma madeleine de Proust"

There is an Atari 1200XL in the library/computer lab. You can see it anytime the team meets there.

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There is "Big" (1988) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0094737/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1 as the "kid in an adult body" character, played by Tom HANKS, has an Atari 800XL in his office at "MacMillan toys"

I can find it and make a screenshot if you wish.

 

Other wise, I've recently watched "Sneakers" (1992) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0105435/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0 Robert REDFORD "uses" an Atari 830 to remotely connect.

 

If there is an "official" database somewhere, I'll be happy to add new records.

 

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Holy crap - had to look several times before I saw it.  Crazy how our brains pick up immediately on such things.  My 1st car was a 76 Cordoba and it only takes me about .05 seconds to spot them in any TV show or movie :)

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On 4/29/2008 at 1:29 AM, CharlieChaplin said:

 

Looks like most of these pages do not exist anymore...  (to bad, www.ataritimes is gone)...

At least ataricompendium lists some movies and series.

 

The episode "Homer goes to college" (in german "Homer an der Uni") of The Simpsons features, well, Homer at college and the nerds trio Benjamin, Doug and Gary are not only telling Monty Python jokes, but also quoting the speech samples of Atari's Bezerk (e.g. Humanoid must not escape, etc.)...

 

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This is Whiz Kids/Les petits génies - S01E09 - Red star rising/Brouillage

The team go to the schools/library, and use the Atari 1200XL (well, not really but let's pretend they do)

 

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Was watching Inside the Factory, Season 04, Episode 08 - Pencils.  Spotted this (it was only on screen for maybe 3 seconds).

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Again, "Big" (1988) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0094737/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1 

I did focus on Tom HANKS but another character seems to be using Atari BASIC in his office ;-)

I took this screenshot from the 2:10 extended edition. I wonder if this scene appears in the classic edition, that would explain why I dit not remember it immediately.

 

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Big, directed by Penny Marshall (1943-2'18), is the first film directed by a woman to gross more than $100 million at the U.S. box office. 

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It seem kind of strange that a 1988 movie purporting to show a "modern" office would be populated by 5 year old home computers.  I would have to assume that because of the very brief screentime that the Ataris had, the props department just used a couple of things that they already had lying around and didn't give it much thought beyond that.

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From British TV show "Chocky", at around 22:30 we see the kids playing Space Invaders on an Atari 800.

 

There's also a cool scene earlier when Dad shows up with his new Citroen CX.  I love that design.

 

An Atari 800 and a Citroen CX.   Mathew's parents rocked!

 

Chocky S1E2

 

 

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Knight Rider S2E12 "Soul Survivor" 31st episode. not the computer just the controller.

I had one of those portable TV/radio/cassette players.

8 in disks! That is the computer his mother bought for him.

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On 4/25/2020 at 5:11 PM, SS said:

It seem kind of strange that a 1988 movie purporting to show a "modern" office would be populated by 5 year old home computers.

People did not know that these are 5-year old home computers. People did not know that these are computers at all. What a layman can see there, is a monitor + a keyboard in front of the monitor, which serves as a generic PC.

 

It is us who know that 800XL is an entire computer, and that it is not "modern". For a layman watching the film it is just an originally looking keyboard for a computer which is probably hidden under the desk.

 

I know this because someone I know was asking such questions: when confronted with a 130XE she actualy thought that it was the keyboard only (and where is the main unit); and another fine question from her was if the 3.5-inch floppies were the same as harddisks (because of the cover made of inflexible plastic when compared to 5.25 floppies).

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On 10/18/2019 at 10:33 AM, AtariGeezer said:

Found another 800 in the 1985 move "The Stuff".  It sitting on top of a TV showing Zaxxon playing.

Around 35:30...

Just came to report this myself and have found your report!
 

It is currently on Amazon Prime, at least it is in Aus!

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Found this in an old featured stories TV program called "Mundo" in Chile. The episode was about computers in everyday life (in the 80s).

Here you can see the 800XL used as Game Console.

 

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Señor, can you please share the video link?

 

Thanks in advance,

 

Luis

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