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Rich Man, Poor Man 

An examination of the trials and tribulations of the Jordache family, from the period following World War II to the late 1960s.
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Peter Strauss ...  Rudy Jordache 9 episodes, 1976
Nick Nolte ...  Tom Jordache 9 episodes, 1976
Susan Blakely ...  Julie Prescott 9 episodes, 1976
Dorothy McGuire ...  Mary Jordache 7 episodes, 1976
Tim McIntire ...  Brad Knight 6 episodes, 1976
Ray Milland ...  Duncan Calderwood 5 episodes, 1976
Robert Reed ...  Teddy Boylan 5 episodes, 1976
Bill Bixby ...  Willie Abbott 4 episodes, 1976
Norman Fell ...  Smitty 4 episodes, 1976
Lawrence Pressman ...  Bill Denton 4 episodes, 1976
Helen Craig Helen Craig ...  Martha 4 episodes, 1976
Kim Darby ...  Virginia Calderwood 3 episodes, 1976
Murray Hamilton ...  Sid Gossett 3 episodes, 1976
Herbert Jefferson Jr. ...  Roy Dwyer 3 episodes, 1976
Van Johnson ...  Marsh Goodwin 3 episodes, 1976
William Smith ...  Falconetti 3 episodes, 1976
Talia Shire ...  Teresa Santoro 3 episodes, 1976
Edward Asner ...  Axel Jordache 2 episodes, 1976
Dorothy Malone ...  Irene Goodwin 2 episodes, 1976
Dick Sargent ...  Eddie Heath / ... 2 episodes, 1976
Eddie Barth ...  Papadakis 2 episodes, 1976
Craig Stevens ...  Asher Berg 2 episodes, 1976
Nate Esformes ...  Alsie 2 episodes, 1976
Jo Ann Harris ...  Gloria Bartley 2 episodes, 1976
Harvey Jason ...  Pinky 2 episodes, 1976
Charles Tyner ...  Matusik 2 episodes, 1976
Allen Price Allen Price ...  Billy 2 episodes, 1976
Walter Lott Walter Lott ...  Mr. McKinley / ... 2 episodes, 1976
Anthony James ...  Wayne 2 episodes, 1976
George Brenlin George Brenlin ...  Barry 2 episodes, 1976
Terence Locke Terence Locke ...  O'Hara 2 episodes, 1976
W.T. Zacha W.T. Zacha ...  Third Mate 2 episodes, 1976
Bernie Kuby Bernie Kuby ...  Postman 2 episodes, 1976
Mike Evans ...  Arnold Simms 2 episodes, 1976
Eric Friedman Eric Friedman ...  Billy Abbott 2 episodes, 1976
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An examination of the trials and tribulations of the Jordache family, from the period following World War II to the late 1960s.

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 February 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rich Man, Poor Man See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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Runtime:

(12 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The mini-series makes a major plot change from the original novel. In the book, Julie Prescott is a minor character who briefly dates Rudy. Her story is actually that of Gretchen Jordache, Rudy and Tommy's sister, who does not appear at all in the mini-series. See more »

Goofs

Throughout the series, but more pervasive in the earlier episodes, the women hairstyles and the men haircuts are from the 1970's. Men did not wear bangs nor long hair as depicted. See more »

Quotes

Mary Jordache: [to Tom] It takes a lot of pain and love to raise a boy, maybe I gave so much to Rudy, there wasn't enough left over for you.
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Referenced in That '70s Show: The Keg (1998) See more »

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Nolte's Breakout Role in the Best Mini-Series Ever Made.
25 January 1999 | by Robert-87See all my reviews

This excellent mini-series was actually the first mini-series ever aired and is absolutely flawless from start to finish.

Featuring knockout performances from Nick Nolte as Tom Jordache, Peter Strauss as Rudy Jordache and Susan Blakely as Julie Prescott, this series begins on VE night in 1945 and we follow the three leads over the next three turbulent decades. This is the role that made Nolte a star and he turns in a blockbuster performance in this one. If you get the chance, SEE THIS ONE!

Also features a fine supporting cast with Ed Asner in an Emmy Award Winning performance as Axel Jordache and in one of the best villainous roles I have ever seen, William Smith as Falconetti.


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