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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 Rudy Jordache (9 episodes, 1976)
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 Tom Jordache (9 episodes, 1976)
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 Julie Prescott (9 episodes, 1976)
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 Mary Jordache (7 episodes, 1976)
Tim McIntire ...
 Brad Knight (6 episodes, 1976)
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 Duncan Calderwood (5 episodes, 1976)
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 Teddy Boylan (5 episodes, 1976)
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 Willie Abbott (4 episodes, 1976)
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 Smitty (4 episodes, 1976)
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 Bill Denton (4 episodes, 1976)
Helen Craig ...
 Martha (4 episodes, 1976)
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 Virginia Calderwood (3 episodes, 1976)
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 Sid Gossett (3 episodes, 1976)
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 Roy Dwyer (3 episodes, 1976)
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 Marsh Goodwin (3 episodes, 1976)
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 Falconetti (3 episodes, 1976)
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 Teresa Santoro (3 episodes, 1976)
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 Axel Jordache (2 episodes, 1976)
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 Irene Goodwin (2 episodes, 1976)
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 Eddie Heath / ... (2 episodes, 1976)
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 Papadakis (2 episodes, 1976)
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 Asher Berg (2 episodes, 1976)
Nate Esformes ...
 Alsie (2 episodes, 1976)
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 Gloria Bartley (2 episodes, 1976)
Harvey Jason ...
 Pinky (2 episodes, 1976)
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 Matusik (2 episodes, 1976)
Allen Price ...
 Billy (2 episodes, 1976)
Walter Lott ...
 Mr. McKinley / ... (2 episodes, 1976)
Anthony James ...
 Wayne (2 episodes, 1976)
George Brenlin ...
 Barry (2 episodes, 1976)
Terence Locke ...
 O'Hara (2 episodes, 1976)
W.T. Zacha ...
 Third Mate (2 episodes, 1976)
Bernie Kuby ...
 Postman (2 episodes, 1976)
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 Arnold Simms (2 episodes, 1976)
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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Rich Man, Poor Man - Book I  »

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In later works the two male leads, Nick Nolte and Peter Strauss, each played a role originated by Gregory Peck. Nolte starred in the Peck role in Cape Fear and Strauss in a TV Movie, The Yearling. See more »

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After the fight with Tom Jordache, Falconetti is taken off the ship with his left eye bandaged up. When we see him later he has his right eye covered with the black patch. See more »

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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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Followed by Rich Man, Poor Man - Book II (1976) See more »

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The first and one of the few best!
2 January 2001 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The first ever television mini-series was broadcast as 12 x 50 minute episodes in the U.K., either side of 'News At Ten' on three consecutive Wednesday and Friday nights throughout July, in that summer, of 1976. It was ITV's answer to the BBC's coverage of the Olympics at the time-and what an answer!

The story of Rudy & Tom Jordache...two brothers who battled through their conflicting lifestyles in two different ways. Based on the best-selling novel by Irwin Shaw, we are taken on a roller-coaster ride starting in Port Philip, New York in 1945 through to the French Riviera in the mid-60's. A classic tale of Rags to Riches and Happiness to Heartbreak.

Messrs. Strauss and Nolte are awesome as the brothers with the fine support of Susan Blakely as the love interest in the story. All this interjected with a great well known cast, a legend of the TV Screens was born.

The series won countless Emmy nominations and came away with Four in total in the form of Edward Asner, Fionnuala Flanagan, composer Alex North and director, David Greene.

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