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The success of Rich Man, Poor Man led to Rich Man, Poor Man: Book II, also included on this DVD set; almost twice as long, this second miniseries suffers from the absence of Nolte and from being more distanced from the source material. While Irwin Shaw's novel isn't great literature, he captures the rough chaos of life; Rich Man, Poor Man changed much of the book's plot and characters but held on to the fundamental grit. Book II, which tried to replicate the two-brothers-on-different-tracks formula by following Tom's son Wesley and Julie's son Billy, feels melodramatic and half-baked. Still, it has its moments and features the ongoing malevolence of William Smith as the series' dominant villain, Falconetti--a character who made such an impression that the actor was harassed on the street by the miniseries' fans. All in all, worthwhile for the original Rich Man, Poor Man, which also features Ed Asner, Bill Bixby, Robert Reed (of The Brady Bunch), Ray Milland (Oscar winner for The Lost Weekend), film noir icon Gloria Grahame, and many others. --Bret Fetzer
Excellent and thoughtfully made series for it's time in TV history.Thank you Amazon!!!!Published 12 days ago by Donal Hackett
I hadn't seen this since it was on TV in the 70's and I am really enjoying watching it again. Very good quality.Published 15 days ago by Janrod
This is it THE FIRST T.V. MINI-SERIES in history (at least on American T.V.) telling the epic story of the Jordache family from the 1940s to the 1960s and is without doubt one of... Read morePublished 15 days ago by Don Foreman
One of Nick Nolte's best, early roles. And I have to say, he's so adorable looking in this movie. Peter Strauss plays Nick Nolte's more sophisticated, more put together older... Read morePublished 18 days ago by Nicole P.
Black and white which I didn't realize. But I liked. I saw this series years ago and I just decided to purchase and watch again.Published 19 days ago by Michelle
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A&E Video products have stopped including subbies and/or captions for several years now. Big mistake on their part.
Nov 13, 2010 by Eric Pregosin | See all 12 posts
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I was surprised that Richman poor man book 1 and 2 had no English subtitles. Very disappointing in this day and age when some people need to have subtitles to enjoy a movie. Or subtitles can be needed by people who are trying to learn English.
Apr 28, 2011 by Mary | See all 3 posts
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I am HoH also, and require english subtitles or captions. A&E does not usually bother with them though.
Jan 26, 2014 by snafu59 | See all 2 posts
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I agree with you but I wrote a while ago asking if you will release a version with spanish subtitles or spanishs video
Jan 28, 2011 by Patricia Ryser | See all 3 posts
|Amazon advertises that it has everything?!||
If the manufacturers do not produce the series (RMPM particularly) in a region 1, U.S. DVD format...how can it be the fault of Amazon when it isn't offered? Think about what you are saying.
Oct 27, 2009 by Theresa M. Flannery | See all 4 posts
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