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Rich Man, Poor Man 

TV-PG | | Drama | TV Mini-Series (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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Won 4 Golden Globes. Another 6 wins & 26 nominations. See more awards »





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 ...  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 ...  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 ...  Postman 2 episodes, 1976
Mike Evans ...  Arnold Simms 1 episode, 1976
Eric Friedman Eric Friedman ...  Billy Abbott 2 episodes, 1976


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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Did You Know?


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 »


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 »


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 The 47th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (1995) See more »

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For a TV miniseries this is excellent
27 May 2004 | by preppy-3See 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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Release Date:

1 February 1976 (USA) See more »

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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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