Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Based on the best-selling novel by Joyce Rebeta-Burditt, the made-for-TV Cracker Factory originally aired on March 16, 1979. Natalie Wood stars as alcoholic Cleveland housewife Cassie Barrett, who after attempting suicide is shipped off by her family to a psychiatric ward. It's not the first time Cassie has been in "the cracker factory", but the doctors continue to hope that she'll eventually learn to grasp reality and stop hiding behind her boozing and blustering facade. As before Cassie resists the trappings of normality; this time, however, she may end up in the "factory" to stay if she doesn't at least try to help herself. Alternating sombre tragedy with moments of raucous comedy, Cracker Factory is an outstanding tour de force for Natalie Wood.
committed-relationship, institution, alcoholism, craziness, eccentric, homemaker, husband, medical-treatment, mental-illness, mother, psychiatry, recovery [health], struggle, suburbs, woman, mental-institution