DirectorBurt Brinckerhoff Production companiesEMI Films LanguageEnglish
CastNatalie Wood (Cassie Barrett), Perry King (Dr. Edwin Alexander), Peter Haskell (Charlie Barrett), Shelley Long (Clara), Vivian Blaine (Helen), Marian Mercer (Eleanor) Release date1979 WriterJoyce Burditt (novel), Richard Alan Shapiro Similar moviesSurviving Family, Hancock, True Grit, Lincoln, The Spectacular Now, The Lost Weekend
TaglineThe only way to stop feeling trapped was to stop feeling at all.
The cracker factory 1979 pt1
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.
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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 ..... Clara
Juliet Mills ..... Tinkerbell
Peter Haskell ..... Charlie Barrett
Vivian Blaine ..... Helen
Marian Mercer ..... Eleanor
Principal production credits
Executive Producers ..... Roger Gimbel, Tony Converse