Gambling scenes tend to be some of the most entertaining in the history of film; the thrill and suspense is second to none and whilst the majority of scenes focus on poker and cards, some bingo moments have appeared on our screens.
Bingo itself is now a roaring trade with a booming popularity, especially online. In fact, with the proliferation of technology, online bingo is now a force to be reckoned with the best online bingo games and betting promotions now accessible for millions to play around the world.
Despite this momentous rise, online bingo games have yet to grace TV or film screens, with land-based bingo in halls around the world taking the limelight. Here are five of those greatest bingo scenes.
King of the Bingo Game (1999)
Whilst the initial connotations of bingo may make it seem like a game full of fun and comedy, that cannot be said of the King of the Bingo Game.
Initially a novel by Ralph Ellison, the film features African-American Sonny, who visits his local bingo hall on a regular basis in an attempt to get through the Great Depression.
Though Sonny harbours great ideals that he can make all his problems go away with succeeding at bingo, he doesn’t realize that white overseers fix every game to their own advantage. Despite this, the bingo hall provides Sonny with a rescue from his struggling life.
Curb Your Enthusiasm (2005)
Whilst the above film is a sombre affair, the same can hardly be said of Larry David’s scene in Curb Your Enthusiasm. David yells “BINGO!” in the usual bingo manner, but the caller dismisses his calls despite great protests from David.
You could almost predict what happened next as David not only loses the bingo game, but also his cool as he begins a tirade against the winner as well as the rest of the players, accusing his dad’s retirement home of fixing the game.
Big Momma’s House 2 (2006)
The sequel to the popular Big Momma’s House, Big Momma’s House 2 brings Malcom Turner back as the Fuller family nanny. In typical grandma fashion, Turner takes the children for a quiet game of bingo, but daughter Carrie has other ideas, yelling “BINGO!” as a joke.
Unfortunately, the rest of the bingo players are not amused and Turner has to try and calm down a bingo mob horrified at someone ruining their game as well as telling off Carrie.
Curb Your Enthusiasm and Big Momma’s House 2 are comedies, but Rampage is as far away from a comedy as possible. A young man murdering senselessly is hardly a film that tickles you, but the bingo scene is actually quite humorous.
For some reason the gunman makes his way to a bingo hall where a game is in motion. Highlighting the immersive nature of bingo, not one of the players notices the armored gunman walking through the doors and sitting amongst them.
Better Call Saul (2015)
Bob Odenkirk – who continues to profess his love for the role – is back as Saul Goodman in Better Call Saul as the morally-deficient lawyer attempts to coerce his crowd to become clients whilst he oversees a game of bingo.
Goodman’s words are heartfelt, but they have little effect on the bingo players who are just waiting to finish the game and stare at the lawyer until he reverts back to the game.