Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|The Gin Game|
Actors: Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Annie Abbott, Sheila Rogers, Alessandro Mastrobuono
Director: Arvin Brown
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Television
Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore reunite in their first acting performance together since "The Dick Van Dyke Show" (1961-66), the classic comedy series for which both stars earned multiple Emmy Awards. Newly filmed in ... more »
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Charlene C. (mccoffield) from SOUTHLAKE, TX
Reviewed on 10/3/2011...
It's great to see Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore back together on the screen, but this certainly does not even come close to the Dick Van Dyke show. It's no comedy!
If you cannot get past the on-screen arguing between the two main characters, then just skip this film. However, if you enjoy films that dig beneath the surface and reveal the actual human character, exposing feelings and the real truth of lives lived, then this film is for you. It's truly a very good film.
Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore are the two leading characters in the film. In fact, 95 percent of the film focuses on only their two characters, who live in a retirement/nursing home. Both actors portray their rather angry characters very well. Without giving too much away, I believe the film's central message is that not all people who (sadly) wind up in nursing homes are innocent victims of society or negligent family.
Simple Story; But Packs A Wallop, Thanks To These Two Stars
David Von Pein | Mooresville, Indiana; USA | 02/02/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore team up again in 2003's "The Gin Game", a PBS-TV production which had me smiling and laughing out loud for much of its 87-minute running time. But, in addition to some side-splitting dialogue, there are some serious and touching moments as well.Dick and Mary are a joy to watch together again in this simple story of two elderly residents of an old-folks home, who fill their days and nights by playing Gin Rummy and discussing their lives with each other.If you're expecting nice, clean, sugar-coated dialogue from these two former television icons, think again. The script bristles with just about every four-letter word you can imagine. So you probably won't want to let young children view this movie.I was quite surprised at the amount of salty language contained here...but pleasantly surprised. Dick Van Dyke's dialogue seems very "real" indeed. He talks just like you'd expect a crusty old geezer who's been put in a retirement home to talk -- complete with an assortment of expletives that many times had me howling with bursts of laughter. Dick is hysterical in this film. But he's also got some good serious moments in the movie as well.Mary, as always, is also outstanding here too. And she gets off a few spicy zingers of her own (though not nearly as many as Mr. Van Dyke does).I was a bit disappointed in the ending. I would have preferred an additional scene tacked on to the last reel, altering the rather downbeat ending that we get here. But, even without a "smiley face" ending, I still enjoyed this motion picture very much. It's a tribute to the great acting talents of both of these dynamic performers, especially considering the fact that this entire movie is a "word play" between just two individuals, with all the "action" being simply the words spoken by these two actors. Keeping a viewing audience interested in watching two people play cards and talk for nearly an hour-and-a-half is probably no easy task for a playwright or a screenwriter (and accompanying director of such material). But that's exactly what happens in "The Gin Game". I *was* entirely interested in seeing these two people talk and play cards for nearly ninety minutes. In fact, as I said earlier, I wish the film had been even longer. The chemistry that Mr. Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore had during their ultra-successful and always-entertaining 1960's TV series, "The Dick Van Dyke Show" (when they made us laugh regularly as Rob and Laura Petrie), is still very much in evidence in this movie, close to 40 years after Rob and Laura left the air.The DVD presentation of "The Gin Game" looks very good. We get a nice, sharp anamorphic widescreen picture (in a 1.78:1 ratio), and a quite-ample Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo soundtrack. Dick's plentiful expletives come across loud and clear here. (I found myself, in fact, using the reverse scan button on a few occasions in order to replay some of his rather raunchy utterances.) It's just so funny, in my opinion, hearing the person who played Robert Simpson Petrie cursing like a sailor. The most profane thing that the TV network censors would ever allow to pass the lips of Mr. Petrie in the 1960s, I think, was "dog-gone-it". LOL! :)Play "The Gin Game" (using your DVD Player). It's a game I'll be playing many times I'm sure."
NOT THE REAL ONE!
B. Phelps | Roseville, Ca. United States | 03/18/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"For those of us who find the use of the "F" word absolutely hysterical in this award winning play, the actors do a nice job. The ulitmate version of this great play is of course the Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn version, which left to the decisions of twenty-something executives will never be released and lost to history. What a shame. If someone can find the old VHS and pirate it, there would be a fortune to be made. Put me down as first in line to buy a copy."
Not bad, but....
David in Dallas | Dallas, TX United States | 09/24/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"DVD and MTM do a passable job in the production of The Gin Game, but what was their greatest asset in the old Dick Van Dyke series becomes their Achilles heel here, namely their strong chemistry as a team. I just couldn't get past the feeling that these people had known each other for decades, and knew each other's every quirk. In this show, that gets in the way of the story line that revolves around two elderly strangers getting to know and dislike one another and go through the process of accepting each other (and themselves) for who they are. It's too bad that they picked this particular project for their long-awaited reunion.
I was privileged to see the incomperable Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn in the original stage production of this play. Strangely enough, although they also were a team of VERY long standing, they were able to overcome this issue. I understand that a VHS version of that performance is floating around. I strongly recommend seeing that, if you can."