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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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Won 4 Golden Globes. Another 6 wins & 23 nominations. See more awards »

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 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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 Bill Denton 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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 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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 Papadakis 2 episodes, 1976
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 Asher Berg 2 episodes, 1976
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 Third Mate 2 episodes, 1976
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 Arnold Simms 2 episodes, 1976
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 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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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 »

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Tom's wife is pregnant before she leaves him and the child is never discussed when they where looking for her. 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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Referenced in King of the Hill: Rich Hank, Poor Hank (2004) See more »

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The first and one of the few best!
2 January 2001 | by 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.

Don't miss this one!


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