The Twilight Zone (1985–1989)
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Act Break/The Burning Man/Dealer's Choice 

In ACT BREAK, selfish second-rate playwright Maury Winkler wishes for a better writing partner than his ailing colleague Harry. THE BURNING MAN appears on the road and tries to hitch a ride... See full summary »

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Maury Winkler (segment "Act Break")
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Landlord (segment "Act Break")
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Aunt Neva (segment "The Burning Man")
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Little Boy (segment "The Burning Man")
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Doug (segment "The Burning Man") (as André Gower)
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Man (segment "The Burning Man")
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Nick (segment "Dealer's Choice")
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Peter (segment "Dealer's Choice")
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Jake (segment "Dealer's Choice")
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Marty (segment "Dealer's Choice")
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Tony (segment "Dealer's Choice")
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In ACT BREAK, selfish second-rate playwright Maury Winkler wishes for a better writing partner than his ailing colleague Harry. THE BURNING MAN appears on the road and tries to hitch a ride during a heat wave in the 1930's. In DEALER'S CHOICE, four poker pals sit down for a game with a mysterious stand-in named Nick. Written by Anonymous

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15 November 1985 (UK)  »

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In "Dealer's Choice", Jake remarks that he thinks the Devil lives in New Jersey. In, "I of Newton" the Devil appears in human form with a T-shirt that temporarily says in one scene, "Hell is a city much like Newark". See more »

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Narrator: [opening narration for "Act Break"] Maury Winkler, struggling playwright and occasional bill payer. Maury knows that all the world's a stage and all the men and women merely players. What Maury doesn't know is he is about to take center stage in an off-Broadway production in the Twilight Zone.
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Writer's Blockhead/Human Cicadas/Low Card Wins
29 January 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

These three are interesting but not that great. The first has to do with a bad script writer who never can come up with an idea. He blames everyone else for his lack of success. Finally, he gets his wish and he pays a dear price for it. This is silly and disjointed. James Coco is emotional and that's about it. "The Burning Man" involves a lady and a little boy, travelling down a hot road. An old coot flags them down and hops in the car. He has a lot to say, indicating that he may not be what he appears. Finally, "Dealer's Choice" involves a poker game where the Devil shows up (his name is Nick, which is also the name of the character he played on "Cheers"). The four players other than Nick are asked to play poker for their souls. What happens is funny but not all that interesting. There are several great character actors in this one, which makes it reasonable.


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