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The Gin Game (1981)

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Weller Martin challenges his new friend Fonsia Dorsey to a game of Gin. But is suddenly in for more than he wagers.

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Set in an old folks home, senior citizen Weller Martin has the disease of Old Age, meets an old woman named Fonsia Dorsey who's diabetic. They both discuss issues such as society, the hospitals, money, families, and the folks home where they live, over a game of Gin Rummy. Fonsia has never played before so Weller teachers her, instantly she goes on a winning streak, making it very hard for Weller not to lose his temper. But he does. Written by Dylan Self <robocoptng986127@aol.com>

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The play "The Gin Game" won the Pulitzer Prize in Drama in 1978. See more »

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Weller Martin: [after Fonsia has explained her silly gin logic] Fonsia, that is dumb! That is just dumb gin!
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Edited into American Playhouse: The Gin Game (1984) See more »

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Incredible Performances!
14 October 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have this on VHS, which I copied accidentally on a slow speed when it was shown on PBS. I'd like to have it on DVD.

Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy were absolutely brilliant in this two-character comedy/drama. Yes, I can see the great Julie Harris and Charles Durning in these roles, but I wasn't satisfied with Mary Tyler Moore and Dick Van Dyke playing them.

Cronyn and Tandy LIVED these parts. I often wonder where these types of actors get their inspiration. Cicely Tyson is that kind of an actress who can take you back hundreds of years to a place called slavery and make you believe she actually lived that life. That is what happened here in "The Gin Game." These two actors looked as if they had actually lived the lives they were playing. In short, this was brilliant and I loved every minute of it.


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