Thursday's Game

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Thursday's Game
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Genre Comedy
Written by James L. Brooks
Directed by Robert Moore
Starring Gene Wilder
Bob Newhart
Ellen Burstyn
Valerie Harper
Theme music composer Billy Goldenberg
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Producer(s) James L. Brooks
Cinematography Joe Biroc
Editor(s) Diane Adler
Fredric Steinkamp
Running time 100 minutes
Production company(s) ABC Circle Films
Distributor ABC
Original network ABC
Original release April 14, 1974

Thursday's Game (also known as The Berk) is a 1974 American made-for-television comedy film written by James L. Brooks and directed by Robert Moore. Though filmed in 1971, it was originally broadcast April 14, 1974 on ABC.


Gene Wilder and Bob Newhart star as friends Harry Evers and Marvin Ellison 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 friendship and rivalry as the men's lives take on very different paths.

In addition to Wilder and Newhart, Thursday's Game starred many actors familiar to 1970s television viewers including John Archer, Ellen Burstyn, Norman Fell, Cloris Leachman, Valerie Harper, 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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