Rich Man, Poor Man (miniseries) is a 1976 American television Rich Man, Poor Man miniseries based on the 1969 novel of the same name by Irwin Shaw that aired on ABC in one- or two-hour episodes mostly on Monday nights over seven weeks, beginning February 1. It was produced by Universal Television and was the second time programming of this nature had been attempted. The first TV miniseries, QB VII, 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 Roots and Shōgun. The film stars Peter Strauss, Nick Nolte and Susan Blakely. It spawned the sequel , which aired from Rich Man, Poor Man Book II September 1976 through March 1977. The network repeated the original series Tuesday nights at 9:00pm from May to June 1977. OverviewBased on the best-selling 1969 novel by Irwin Shaw, it spanned the period from 1945 through the late 1960s and followed the divergent career courses of the impoverished German American Jordache brothers. Rudy was the titular rich man, a well-educated and very ambitious entrepreneur who triumphed over his background and constructed a corporate and political empire. Poor man Tom was a rebel who eventually turned to boxing to support himself. Axel and Mary were their parents, and Julie Prescott was Rudy's 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. Primary cast Production noteswrote all twelve episodes, and direction was shared by David Greene and Boris Sagal. The musical score was composed by Alex North, who was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Album of Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or Television Special. Awards and nominationsEmmy Award wins Emmy Award nominations Golden Globe 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 Outstanding Achievement in Film Editing for Entertainment Programming for a Series Outstanding Continuing Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Outstanding Continuing Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Outstanding Continuing Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series Outstanding Limited Series Outstanding Single Performance by a Supporting Actor in Comedy or Drama Series Outstanding Single Performance by a Supporting Actor in Comedy or Drama Series Outstanding Single Performance by a Supporting Actor in Comedy or Drama Series Outstanding Single Performance by a Supporting Actress in Comedy or Drama Series Outstanding Single Performance by a Supporting Actress in Comedy or Drama Series Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series Golden Globe nominations On September 28, 2010, Best TV Actor, Drama Best TV Actor, Drama Home media A&E Home Video released an edited version of Rich Man, Poor Man: on The Complete Collection Region 1 DVD in the United States.
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