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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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Fonsia Dorsey
Weller Martin


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 <>

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The Broadway production of "The Gin Game" by D.L. Coburn opened at the John Golden Theater in New York on October 6, 1977 and ran for 517 performances. See more »


Weller Martin: [after Fonsia has explained her silly gin logic] Fonsia, that is dumb! That is just dumb gin!
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The Gin Game
17 June 1999 | by (Marietta, OH) – See all my reviews

The brilliant performances of Cronyn and Tandy (Tony Award winner) catapult this filmed performance to greatness. Director Mike Nichols handles D.L. Coburn's script with care, as do both stars. Recently revived on the stage with Julie Harris and Charles Durning.

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