American Playhouse: Season 10, Episode 7

The Sunset Gang (5 Apr. 1991)

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Three stories about the Jewish elderly in Florida: in "Yiddish," a man and a woman, both married to others, form a bond through their native language; in "The Detective," a married couple ... See full summary »

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Episode credited cast:
Leslie Ayvazian ...
(segment "The Home")
Francine Beers ...
Judy
Harold Bergman ...
Heshy (segment "Yiddish")
Dori Brenner ...
Cynthia (segment "The Home")
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Velvil Finkelstein (segment "Yiddish")
Sam Gray ...
David Goldfarb (segment "Yiddish")
Kathryn Grody ...
Sandy (segment "The Home")
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Sophie (segment "The Home")
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Genendel Goldfarb (segment "Yiddish")
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Herself - Hostess
Joe Levy ...
Son (segment "The Home")
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Bernice Shapiro (segment "The Detective")
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Larry
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Opthalmologist (segment "The Home
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Leonard
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Three stories about the Jewish elderly in Florida: in "Yiddish," a man and a woman, both married to others, form a bond through their native language; in "The Detective," a married couple who have grown apart come together again as they pursue a thief in the neighborhood; and in "The Home," a woman struggles against her grown children, who want to place her in a nursing facility. Written by RK

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Shuffle Off to Buffalo
Music by Harry Warren
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Sun Never Sets for this Gang ****
18 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Three distinctive Jewish stories highlight this 1991 film.

One segment entitled "Yiddish" is an excellent venture into the world of senior citizens in Miami Beach, Florida.

Harold Gould is one such senior. Intelligent and outgoing, he wants more out of life. Certainly more than what his long-time wife, played with gusto by Doris Roberts can offer. She is made for this part as the typical Miami Beach "yenta" parading around in loud-colored clothes with a big-mouth to match. One like her is content to sit by a set or gab with the neighbors all day.

Gould begins to find relief from this way of life by attending a Yiddish workshop. There he meets a woman who shares the same problem that he does-boredom with his way of life. The two act beautifully at their Yiddish playhouse. As time goes on, they are drawn to each other. As time goes on, it's time to call in their respective spouses and children to discuss what is to be.

Predictably, Roberts becomes hysterical at the thought that her husband is walking out on her. The other woman's husband seems to accept that his wife is leaving; he has been preoccupied with his hobbies. The children on both sides are not happy, but in defiance to all, our new lovers walk out and ride on their bicycles away to begin a new life for themselves.

This film tells us that it's never too late to enjoy life and to follow your dreams. Why continue to suffer a drab existence? It's done well and is a pleasure to watch.


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