The Cracker Factory

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The Cracker Factory
Written by Joyce Burditt (novel) (as Joyce Rebeta-Burditt)
Richard Alan Shapiro (as Richard Shapiro)
Directed by Burt Brinckerhoff
Starring Natalie Wood
Music by Billy Goldenberg
Country of origin USA
Original language(s) English
Producer(s) Tony Converse (executive producer)
Roger Gimbel (executive producer)
John A. Martinelli (associate producer)
Richard Alan Shapiro (producer) (as Richard Shapiro)
Cinematography Michel Hugo
Editor(s) John A. Martinelli
Running time 100 min.
Production company(s) EMI Films
Distributor ABC
Original network ABC
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.

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List of television films produced for American Broadcasting Company

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