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The Cracker Factory

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(ABC, 3/16/1979, 120 mins). Drama, adapted from Joyce Rebeta Burditt’s 1977 novel, depicts the problems of a suburban housewife (played by Natalie Wood), suffering from fits of depression and alcoholism, and her stay in a psychiatric center after a feeble suicide attempt.

Production Companies Roger Gimbel Productions, EMI Television. Director Burt Brinckerhoff. Executive Producers Roger Gimbel, Tony Converse. Producer Richard Shapiro. Teleplay Richard Shapiro. Based on the Novel by Joyce Rebeta-Burditt. Photography Michel Hugo. Music Billy Goldenberg. Editor John A. Martinelli. Art Director Alexander A. Mayer. Associate Producer John A. Martinelli.

Cast Natalie Wood (Cassie Barrett), Perry King (Dr. Edwin Alexander), Peter Haskell (Charlie Barrett), Shelley Long (Clara), Vivian Blaine (Helen), Marian Mercer (Eleanor), Juliet Mills (Tinkerbell), John Harkins (Father Dunhill), Barbara Tarbuck (Alice), Shane Butterworth (Greg Barrett), David Comfort (Steven Barrett), Tonya Crowe (Jenny Barrett), Robert Perault (Bobby Barrett), Bebe Drake Hooks (Gloria), Elsa Raven (Dalton), Peggy Rea (Pomeroy), Art Evans (Abdul), Donald Hotton (Ludwig), Sydney Lassick (Ernie), Delia Salvi (Norma), Eugene Elman (Dr. Proctor), Vernon Weddle (John), Laurence Haddon (Ted R.), Joe Lowry (Dr. Marshall), Hank Ross (Stockboy), Bob Corso (Orderly).

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about 7 years ago

Richard Shapiro is my favorite writer of all times.