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Thursday's Game

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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 April 14, 1974 on ABC.

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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