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- apphrodite321Jul 29, 2016by
Such a great series.
This was Peter Strauss's Series for sure. I hadn't seen Book !! so it was so great to get the whole set and watch after so many years. Really excellent. This and Winds of War were my all time favorites.
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- brevettAug 07, 2012by
Love Book I Book II is a sleeper
I saw this years ago and enjoyed book I. I had forgotten book II. Understand why now. Have to agree book I is great, excellent cast and very timeless and enlightening. Book II is redundant and rather boring. I am disappointed in the sound track. This is a DVD and little work was done on updating the sound track.
- valley1968Apr 07, 2012by
2 great actors in early years of their careers.showed what was yet to come!
I watched this mini series when it first came out on TV. I loved the two main characters and how they developed the story line. I've wanted to own this for years. When I learned I was to have surgery, I decided it was time to buy the series to help me with the down time that would naturally occur. It doesn't have all the sound effects,etc of today. If you like a great story line..I think you would enjoy this.
- absolutelycanin...Nov 27, 2010by
What a great movie!
Rich Man, Poor Man Book 1 is the original that was on television in the mid 70's. My mother and I sat riveted to the television. Book 2 was not written by Irwin Shaw, although it is called the sequel. The sequel to Rich Man, Poor Man, written by the original author is called, "Beggarman, Thief" which continues the original story, with most of the same characters. I have not been able to find that on DVD, but of course, the book is available.
- danf718Apr 01, 2011by
Book I Rich: Book II Much Less Than Rich
With a daunting cast of characters, "Rich Man, Poor Man," Book I is a riveting miniseries, which follows the lives of two brothers. Peter Strauss plays Rudy, the older brother, who becomes financially rich but spiritually cold on his way to his goals. Nick Nolte plays Tom, the younger brother who has a run of abominable luck. First, physically abused by his father, portrayed brilliantly by Ed Asner, Tom meets up with a series of bullies, who, despite great effort, he is unable to avoid. When Tom's immature wife leaves him with their young son, Tom searches for him unrelentingly, even foregoing an opportunity to compete for a professional boxing championship. It is Tom's ability to fight that enables him to dispose of the various bullies who goad and confront him. During one of the most vicious fist fights ever filmed (It leaves me cold!!), Tom nearly kills, and probably shoud have, his worst enemy, Falconetti, whose character one loves to despise. William Smith creates a truly despicable Falconetti that I can imagine no one else duplicating. Tom is always financially poor, but he is always rich in spirit.
The story does not end in "happily ever after" fashion, but it leaves many life issues open for discussion. The plot, settings, character relationships, the uniformly brilliant acting make for top notch entertainment.
Book II follows Rudy's life as he goes after the corporate and political "bad guys" as Tom advises his older brother to do at the end of Book I. The plot of Book II becomes absurd and contrived, the lines predictable, the writing less sharp. Even the performances are far less powerful including those who played Wesley (Tom's son, Rudy's nephew), Billy,(Rudy's stepson), Diane, (Rudy's girlfriend's daughter), Kate, (Tom's widow). Peter Strauss is less convincing than he was in Book I, but it is difficult to determine whether it is caused by the melodramatic lines he was paid to deliver, or he simply was not as good. At any rate he did not provide the stellar performance he contributed to Book I.
Nonetheless I watched all of Book II if only to see how Rudy would extricate himself from the quagmire of problems presented to him by the writers.
In a few years I will watch Book I again. Book II will remain in my archives unless my children and/or grandchildren want to see it. I will highly recommend Book I; I will not not (Two "nots' are intentional.) recommend Book IIRead full review