The Cracker Factory

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.

The Cracker Factory
Based on1977 novel by Joyce Rebeta-Burditt
Written byJoyce Burditt (novel) (as Joyce Rebeta-Burditt)
Richard Alan Shapiro (as Richard Shapiro)
Directed byBurt Brinckerhoff
StarringNatalie Wood
Music byBilly Goldenberg
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Executive producer(s)Tony Converse
Roger Gimbel
Producer(s)Richard Alan Shapiro (producer) (as Richard Shapiro)
John A. Martinelli (associate producer)
CinematographyMichel Hugo
Editor(s)John A. Martinelli
Running time100 min.
Production company(s)EMI Films
Original networkABC
Picture formatColor
Audio formatMono
Original releaseMarch 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.

Principal castEdit


Wood was signed in December 1978.[1]

See alsoEdit

List of television films produced for American Broadcasting Company


  1. ^ Natalie Wood in 'The Cracker Factory' Los Angeles Times 5 Dec 1978: f17.

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