Rich Man, Poor Man (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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 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)
Craig Stevens ...
 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 Italy, this mini series was broadcast with three different titles on three different channels in subsequent years: "Il sogno americano dei Jordache" (The Jordaches' American Dream) in 1977, "Il sogno americano" (The American Dream) in 1982 and "Il ricco e il povero" (literal translation) in 1984. 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 »

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 Saturday Night Live: Steve Martin/Jackson Browne (1977) See more »

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Terrific mini series
21 January 2003 | by (Lake Charles, LA) – See all my reviews

Arguably the best mini series ever. I was in high school when ABC was airing RMPM and I definitely didn't miss any of the episodes. I guess most high school kids, well boys anyway, could relate to Tom Jordache. All you want to do is get the heck out of school and move on. As for the series itself the diamonds in the rough were Ed Asner as Axel Jordache and Bill Bixby as Willie Abbott. Asner did a great job getting away from the Lou Grant persona and becoming the brutish Jordache and everybody knew Bill Bixby as the nice guy dad on "The Courtship of Eddie's Father". Bixby did a great job playing the role of the lazy, irresponsible Willie Abbott. For eye candy there was Lynda Day George playing the wife of one of Tommy's boxing rivals. She was really a knockout in that bathing suit. And Susan Blakely wasn't too bad either. Another surprise was William Smith as Falconetti the bad guy. Hey, I was used to seeing him as one of the good guy Texas Rangers on "Laredo" back in the mid 60s. At any rate I wish they'd pull both RMPM parts 1 and 2 out of the archives for another generation.


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