Abe & Phil's Last Poker Game

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When Dr. Abe Mandelbaum (Martin Landau) moves into the nursing home, Cliffside Manor, with his deteriorating wife Molly, he forms an improbable relationship with gambler and womanizer, Phil Nicoletti (Paul Sorvino). 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 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.

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All Critics (11) | Top Critics (3)

  • 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."

    Jan 12, 2018 | Full Review…

    Joe Leydon

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  • The medical tidbits, however awkwardly presented, are the most distinctive aspects of the script. The flat direction, alas, is not the work of a filmmaker.

    Jan 11, 2018 | Full Review…
  • A compassionate portrayal of lives stripped down to bare essentials by aging, illness, and loss.

    Jan 9, 2018 | Full Review…
  • ...an impressive, nuanced drama that tugs at the heartstrings in witty, poignant fashion. Essentially, Abe & Phil's Last Poker Game is a nice farewell for Landau's long and distinguished career

    Nov 14, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • There's a simplicity to this film that makes it easy to watch, even if it never feels like it breaks the surface.

    Apr 24, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Abe & Phil's Last Poker Game boasts a trio of fantastic performances, particularly from Sorvino and Landau in one of his finest turns in his final film, and contains just enough laughs and dramatic themes to overcome Weiner's rookie missteps.

    Jan 29, 2018 | Full Review…

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