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Abe & Phil's Last Poker Game (2017)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 24 April 2017 (USA)
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Dr. Abe Mandelbaum has just moved into a new manor with his ailing wife. After forming an unlikely friendship with a womanizing gambler, their relationship is tested when they each try to ... See full summary »


Howard Weiner (as Howard L. Weiner)


Howard Weiner (as Howard L. Weiner)





Credited cast:
Martin Landau ... Abe
Paul Sorvino ... Phil
Maria Dizzia ... Angela
Pamela Dubin ... Sheryl
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Molly Bettencourt Molly Bettencourt ... Young Jeannie
John Cellini ... Young Billy
Alexander Cook Alexander Cook ... Grollman
Anabel Graetz Anabel Graetz ... The Woman and Old Woman
Elaine Victoria Grey ... Resident, Assisted Living
London Hall ... Office Staff
Tori Hall Tori Hall ... Young Resident
Kayla Harrity ... Jessica
Kate Jurdi ... Receptionist
Lyralen Kaye Lyralen Kaye ... Sister Elizabeth
Wayne Malm Jr. ... Young Resident


Dr. Abe Mandelbaum has just moved into a new manor with his ailing wife. After forming an unlikely friendship with a womanizing gambler, their relationship is tested when they each try to convince a mysterious nurse that they are her long-lost father.

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It's never too late for life.


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content and language | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

24 April 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Last Poker Game See more »

Filming Locations:

Newburyport, Massachusetts, USA

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Production Co:

Long Road Film See more »
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The bar scene was filmed at The Grog in Newburyport. Originally, the scene was written to take place at Fenway Park, but was later changed. See more »


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Written by Jeff Meegan and Gaye Tolan Hatfield
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Its merit is its bluntness
19 March 2018 | by Frame-By-FrameSee all my reviews

This is an unusual movie that I know will provoke a very mixed response from fellow reviewers. Some will just give the movie a wide berth due to it's subject. First of all, I've just watched it and really enjoyed it. On one level it is my favorite movie of the year, partly because it was so much better than I expected. The Movie was written, directed and co produced by Howard Weiner. A Professor of Neurology by career and a pioneer of some treatment of multiple sclerosis. Wow, so we're talking a very intelligent man with an artistic ambition to create a good movie. He's just done it. I think his knowledge of real patient behavior and human interaction shines through in this story and sets it apart from the usual Hollywood take on life. There's lots going on here enough to more than fill the 85 minute run time with interest. The acting and direction are superb. Martin Landau and Paul Sorvino handle some very cringe-worthy and awkward scenes really well. Sadly this movie will never get the acclaim I think it deserves due to a limited number audience and viewers that are just too uncomfortable watching seniors discussing and doing the things that they themselves think and do. Thank you Howard Weiner for an enjoyable 85 minutes and for cementing my memory of the late Martin Landau as a wonderful talented actor. My rating: 9 out of 10 Highly recommended - Be open minded and give it a go. We're all human and unfortunately are going to get old along with all the changes that brings!

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