Abe and Phil’s Last Poker Game
When Dr. Abe Mandelbaum (Martin Landau) moves into the nursing home with his deteriorating wife Molly, he forms an improbable relationship with gambler and womanizer, Phil Nicoletti (Paul Sorvino) and becomes friends with a sultry senior volunteer (Pamela Dubin).
Even though at first Abe feels that moving into the home is the end of the road, he soon realizes that his life is finding a whole new beginning. Abe and Phil’s friendship is challenged when a mysterious nurse (Maria Dizzia) claims that her biological father resides in the home.
Without children of their own, both Abe and Phil jump at the chance to convince Angela, and themselves, that they are her father.
"A compassionate portrayal of lives stripped down to bare essentials by aging, illness, and loss."
"Landau's performance here is a deftly calibrated thing of beauty, and it ranks among his finest work since his Oscar-winning turn as a frail Bela Lugosi in Tim Burton's "Ed Wood.""
Directed by Howard Weiner
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