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Mental Illness: Major Films  
TitleCracker Factory, The (1979) (TV Film)
Alternative/Original Title
DisabilityMental Alcoholism
CountryUSA
Length100
GenreDrama
Rating3
DirectorBurt Brinckeroff
CastNatalie Wood Perry King Peter Haskell Vivian Blaine Juliet Mills Marian Mercer Shelley Long
NotesNatalie Wood is much better than one might expect portraying an alcoholic housewife who is suicidal and in and out of mental hospital. She projects a vulnerability which allows us to sympathise with her character. Overall the film is bleak and not greatly entertaining but thorough and elucidating about her condition. On this basis I would recommend the film though it may be dated. From the novel by Joyce Rebeta-Burditt.

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