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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Nick Nolte said that when he played a young man in the early scenes of the project, he weighed about 160 pounds. When he played a middle aged man in the later scenes, he weighed over 180 pounds. See more »

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When Tom picks up his son from the military academy, in a long shot he is leaning on his car roof with his right elbow. Switch to a close up and he is not leaning at all. Switch back to the long shot and he is still leaning just as before. 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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For a TV miniseries this is excellent
27 May 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This follows two brothers (Peter Strauss, Nick Nolte) growing up--one straight arrow (Strauss) the other a hell-raiser (Nolte). They also love the same woman (Susan Blakely). It starts off in the 1940s and follows them up to the 70s.

Sure, it's a soap opera but it's fun! Despite it's length it's never dull and the acting and production values are surprisingly good. There's also great supporting acting by Edward Asner (as a rough, tough father) and Robert Reed.

I saw it back when it originally aired in 1976. I had forgotten about it until it popped up on cable in the 1990s. The Family Channel showed it and edited out a few words and shots (I distinctly remember a quick side view of Robert Reed naked that wasn't in that showing).This really deserves to be out on DVD. Judging by the votes and the reviews this has quite a following. No masterpiece but just engrossing and well-made.


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