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The Gin Game (1981)

| Drama | TV Movie
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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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 <robocoptng986127@aol.com>

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"The Gin Game" premiered at the American Theater Arts in Hollywood, California in September 1976 (directed by Kip Niven) and then was produced by Actor's Theater in Louisville, Kentucky before moving to Broadway. See more »

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Weller Martin: [after Fonsia has explained her silly gin logic] Fonsia, that is dumb! That is just dumb gin!
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Version of Kaarten op tafel (1982) See more »

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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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