The Twilight Zone: Season 3, Episode 20

A Game of Pool (1989)

TV Episode  |  TV-PG  |   |  Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Mystery
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Pool hustler Jesse Cardiff plays against all-time champion "Fats" Brown. The stakes? Only Jesse's life...



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Episode cast overview:
Paul Coeur ...
Customer (as Paul Jolicoeur)
Guy Sanvido ...
Elliot McIver ...
Robin Ward ...
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Pool hustler Jesse Cardiff plays against all-time champion "Fats" Brown. The stakes? Only Jesse's life...

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The ending was in George Clayton Johnson's script, but not in the original Twilight Zone episode of which this was a remake. See more »


Jesse Cardiff: You said if I'd won, I'd live. If I'd lost, I'd die.
James L. 'Fats' Brown: [unscrews cue stick] And you will... as all second-raters die. You'll be buried and forgotten, without me touching you.
[sets stick down]
James L. 'Fats' Brown: See, if you'd had beaten me...
[walks over to retrieve cue case]
James L. 'Fats' Brown: if you'd had beaten me, if you'd had beaten me, you would have lived forever.
Jesse Cardiff: You tricked me.
James L. 'Fats' Brown: [loads cue into the case] No, no. No, you just had to be tested under pressure, that's all. Any man can be a marksman if the target doesn't shoot back.
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Remake of The Twilight Zone: A Game of Pool (1961) See more »

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A worthy remake
3 July 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In this first revival of the Twilight Zone since Rod Serling's original series there were a few episodes that were redone from the first series. Not one came up to its predecessor in any non-technical respect in my opinion and should have been omitted in favor of fresh material. This one is different in that it has a reason to be. The original show had a different ending than the script the author (George Clayton Johnson) had written. This production delivers the original script with the original ending. It would be hard to match let alone surpass the strong performances of Jack Klugman and Jonathan Winters in the original but this episode does succeed in presenting the story as the author wrote it.

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