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The Day the Bubble Burst (1982)





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An all-star (or rather, "all-TV star") cast distinguishes this three-hour filmed re-creation of the great stock market crash on October 29, 1929. Though inspired by a fact-based book on "Black Tuesday," the film is chock full of fabricated soap-opera complications involving dozens of fictional characters, among them a debt-plagued Stock Exchange officer, a group of high-profile embezzlers, a social-climbing couple determined to land a wealthy husband for their hapless daughter, and the inevitable far-sighted individuals who know that the Crash is coming and are determined to may hay while the sun is still in the sky. Overall, the film simplifies a very controversial and complicated moment of history into a cut-and-dried account peopled by blatantly obvious heroes and villains. Originally slated to air on February 1, 1981, The Day the Bubble Burst was inexplicably shelved by NBC for over a year, finally making its debut on February 7, 1982. The fact that it was scheduled opposite the network television premiere of Superman: The Movie was indication enough that NBC had very little confidence in their expensive "factual fiction" piece.


Richard Crenna
as Jesse Livermore
Blanche Baker
as Jolan Slezsak
Don Calfa
as Mr. Cinelli
Robert Hays
as Gregory Winslow
Robert Vaughn
as Richard Whitney
Dana Elcar
as Mr. Block
Audra Lindley
as Evangeline Adams
Bill Macy
as Mr. Goldberger
Rue McClanahan
as Barbara Arvey
Caroline McWilliams
as Dorothy Livermore
Donna Pescow
as Gloria Block
Laurette Spang
as Frances Pierce
David Ogden Stiers
as William Crapo Durant
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