is a 1976 American televisionminiseriesbased on the1969 novel of the same namebyIrwin Shawthat aired onABCin one- or two-hour episodes mostly on Monday nights over seven weeks, beginning February 1. It was produced byUniversal Televisionand was the second time programming of this nature had been attempted. The first TV miniseries,, had aired also on ABC in 1974. These projects proved to be a critical and ratings success and were the forerunner for similar projects based on literary works, such as. The film starsPeter StraussNick NolteandSusan Blakely.
It spawned the sequelRich Man, Poor Man Book II, which aired from September 1976 through March 1977. The network repeated the original series Tuesday nights at 9:00pm from May to June 1977.1
Based on thebest-selling 1969 novelbyIrwin Shaw, it spanned the period from 1945 through the late 1960s and followed the divergent career courses of the impoverishedGerman AmericanJordache brothers. Rudy (Peter Strauss) was the titular rich man, a well-educated and very ambitiousentrepreneurwho triumphed over his background and constructed a corporate and political empire. Poor man Tom (Nick Nolte) was a rebel who eventually turned toboxingto support himself. Axel and Mary were their parents, and Julie Prescott was Rudys lifelong sweetheart who eventually married him.
Later, another important character appears, the dangerous and eccentric Falconetti, lifelong nemesis of the Jordache Brothers, who is intent on killing them.
While the first series spans a twenty year period between 1945 and 1965, the second series begins in 1968. The series became a huge success in the countries that aired it.
Dean Riesnerwrote all twelve episodes, and direction was shared byBill Bixby, David Greene, andBoris Sagal. The musical score was composed byAlex North, who was nominated for theGrammy Awardfor Best Album of Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or Television Special.
Outstanding Achievement in Music Composition for a Series (Alex North)
Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series (David Greene)
Outstanding Lead Actor for a Single Appearance in a Drama or Comedy Series (Edward Asner)
Outstanding Single Performance by a Supporting Actress in Comedy or Drama Series (Fionnula Flanagan)
Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction or Scenic Design – Single Episode of a Comedy, Drama or Limited Series
Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography for Entertainment Programming for a Series
Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design for a Drama or Comedy Series
Outstanding Achievement in Film Editing for Entertainment Programming for a Series (February 2 episode)
Outstanding Achievement in Film Editing for Entertainment Programming for a Series (March 5 episode)
Outstanding Continuing Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (Ray Milland)
Outstanding Continuing Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (Robert Reed)
Outstanding Continuing Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (Dorothy McGuire)
Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series (Boris Sagal)
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series (Nick Nolte)
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series (Peter Strauss)
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series (Susan Blakely)
Outstanding Single Performance by a Supporting Actor in Comedy or Drama Series (Bill Bixby)
Outstanding Single Performance by a Supporting Actor in Comedy or Drama Series (Norman Fell)
Outstanding Single Performance by a Supporting Actor in Comedy or Drama Series (Van Johnson)
Outstanding Single Performance by a Supporting Actress in Comedy or Drama Series (Kim Darby)
Outstanding Single Performance by a Supporting Actress in Comedy or Drama Series (Kay Lenz)
Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series (Dean Riesner)
On September 28, 2010,A&E Home Videoreleased an edited version ofRich Man, Poor Man: The Complete Collectionon Region 1 DVD in the United States.
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