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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
GOOD QUALITY...BROUGHT BACH ALL THE MEMORIES FROM THE FIRST SHOWING....ALSO CONTAINED RMPM BOOK II WHICH I MUST HAVE MISSED...STILL WATCHING ....THANKS AGAINPublished 15 days ago by RICHARD T. BULSON
Enjoyed it very much, the last episodes weren't as good as the first.Published 19 days ago by marcel nuss
We are currently enjoying this. It is dated in the sets and acting, but the story is as timely as ever. Susan Sullivan is still one of the shining lights on television. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Carolyn Epperly
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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
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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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