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Thursday's Game

Catalog Number
VM 2701
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VHS | SP | Clamshell
99 mins (NTSC)
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Thursday's Game (1974)

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Harry's lost his job. he may lose his wife. His mind may be next. So maybe now its time to worry?

James L. Brooks' Thursday's Game is a witty made-for-television comedy about two businessmen (Bob Newhart and Gene Wilder) who meet every Thursday night to play poker and discuss their professional and personal problems.

A delightful adult comedy with a stellar cast dealing with the marital and business problems of a couple of middle-aged men who continue their night out with the boys even after the breakup of their Thursday evening poker game. Made in 1971 as a theatrical release, it was shelved for several years before eventually being given a television premiere.

Thursday's Game (also known as The Berk) is a television movie comedy written by James L. Brooks and directed by Robert Moore. Though filmed in 1971, it first aired in 1974 as an ABC Movie of the Week.
The film stars Gene Wilder and Bob Newhart as friends who meet each Thursday to play poker and get away from their wives. After the weekly game breaks up over a disagreement, the two men decide to continue meeting for other activities...which leads to trouble when the wives discover they're no longer playing poker and suspect them of infidelity.
In addition to Wilder and Newhart, Thursday's Game starred many actors familiar to '70s television viewers, including John Archer, Ellen Burstyn, Norman Fell, Cloris Leachman, Rob Reiner, Richard Schaal, Martha Scott, and Nancy Walker. The film was lauded by critics for its perceptive look at adult relationships, and furthered James L. Brooks's reputation as a writer and producer.

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