The Cracker Factory
|The Cracker Factory|
|Based on||1977 novel by Joyce Rebeta-Burditt|
|Written by||Joyce Burditt (novel) (as Joyce Rebeta-Burditt)|
Richard Alan Shapiro (as Richard Shapiro)
|Directed by||Burt Brinckerhoff|
|Music by||Billy Goldenberg|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Executive producer(s)||Tony Converse|
|Producer(s)||Richard Alan Shapiro (producer) (as Richard Shapiro)|
John A. Martinelli (associate producer)
|Editor(s)||John A. Martinelli|
|Running time||100 min.|
|Production company(s)||EMI Films|
|Original release||March 16, 1979|
The Cracker Factory is an American television movie directed by Burt Brinckerhoff. The teleplay by Richard Shapiro is based on the best-selling 1977 novel by Joyce Rebeta-Burditt. The film was broadcast by ABC on March 16, 1979.
Alcoholic Cleveland housewife Cassie Barrett is institutionalized in a psychiatric ward after experiencing a nervous breakdown in the supermarket. We learn this is the latest in a series of hospitalizations from which Cassie emerges supposedly in control of her life but actually still teetering on the edge. During this latest stay, she develops a romantic crush on psychiatrist Edwin Alexander and a close relationship with night supervisor Tinkerbell, both of whom help her take steps toward facing her inner demons and learning to live with sobriety.
- Natalie Wood ..... Cassie Barrett
- Perry King ..... Dr. Edwin Alexander
- Shelley Long ..... Cara
- Juliet Mills ..... Tinkerbell
- Peter Haskell ..... Charlie Barrett
- Vivian Blaine ..... Helen
- Marian Mercer ..... Eleanor
Wood was signed in December 1978.
- Natalie Wood in 'The Cracker Factory' Los Angeles Times 5 Dec 1978: f17.
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