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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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Harry / William Shakespeare (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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Marty (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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"Act Break" has no closing narration. "The Burning Man" has no narration, at either the beginning or end. See more »

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Narrator: [closing narration for "Dealer's Choice] There's an old saying, oft told, but seldom heeded: never deal with the devil. But if by chance you must, it's nice to know he can be a good sport. Just a friendly game of cards among a friendly group of guys, who have just come back... from the Twilight Zone.
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Struggling scriptwriters and complete boredom/star studded poker game
3 April 2015 | by See all my reviews

ACT BREAK is the first segment of episode 8 of series 1 of THE NEW TWILIGHT ZONE and it's real bore and a chore to sit through like most of these episodes. The jokey, homemade-looking story sees a scriptwriter struggling to make ends meet; when his partner dies he finds new inspiration in the past.

It's the dumbest story ever, and the twist is just ridiculous; it's the kind of thing I would have thrown in the bin had the script landed on my desk and I can't help but wonder why anybody would bother producing it in the first place. Needless to say that the unknown cast members are barely effective and there's nothing here that could favourably be called TWILIGHT ZONE style: no atmosphere, no suspense, nothing.

The last segment is a huge improvement. DEALER'S CHOICE tells an entire story based around a game of poker. The star-studded cast includes such luminaries as M. Emmet Walsh, Morgan Freeman, and Dan Hedaya (COMMANDO). It involves a group of men who discover they're playing a game with Satan himself with life or death stakes. It's not a perfect story but it's a huge improvement on the usual quality level of this series.


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