"An unprecedented cast brings to life the blockbuster book"--or so said the add copy for THE MONEYCHANGERS, a four-part TV miniseries based on Arthur Hailey's novel, first telecast Dec 4-19, 1976. The drama's starting point is a power play between two bank officers, played by Kirk Douglas and Christopher Plummer. Social commentary is provided by an inner-city revolt against the bank's policies, while inside the bank's walls are played out brief scenarios of embezzlement, crooked deals, credit card counterfeiting and attempted murder. Ross Hunter coproduced the adaptation, imbuing each frame with the plush treatment that he'd previously lavished on his Doris Day and Rock Hudson vehicles. THE MONEYCHANGERS originally ran 6 1/2 hours; it has been pared down to two-part movie length for subsequent syndicated telecasts.
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