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The Sins of Rachel Cade (1961)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 2 April 1961 (USA)
While the Nazis regime subjugates European Nations, in Belgian Congo the doctor Rachel Cade tries to cure those troubled people. The colonel Derode falls in love with her but a young American injured pilot upsets his plans.

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Kulu, Assistant to Rachel
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Muwango
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Kalanumu
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Musinga
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Mzimba
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In 1939, earnest missionary nurse Rachel Cade travels to the Belgian Congo but she no sooner arrives than Dr. Bikel, who runs the local hospital where she is to work, dies of heart failure. She also soon learns that the hospital has been a failure and has yet to treat a single patient. Slowly, Rachel gains the trust of the villagers, not only providing medical care but preaching the gospel. The local government official, middle-aged Col. Henri Derode, doesn't quite hit it off with Rachel at first but soon begins to develop deep affections for her. The sexually repressed Rachel however has fallen madly in love with the dashing Capt. Paul Winton, a American serving in the RAF, who is shot down and is also a medical doctor. Her moralizing comes back to haunt her when she learns after his departure that she is pregnant. Written by garykmcd

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Rachel Cade: There's no date on morality. We're not exactly in a state of grace.
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what was Peter Finch thinking about
9 October 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I spent a good deal of "The Sins of Rachel Cade" confused, wondering whether or not I had already seen it. Or was I mixing it up with "The Nun's Story" - not hard to do, since Peter Finch, a brilliant, sexy actor apparently was cast in the same part over and over. It seems to me his role in this was similar to his role in "The Nun's Story." The story is similar to "The Nun's Story" and also to "Sister Kenny."

During World War II, Rachel Cade (Angie Dickinson), a beautiful young nurse, goes to the Congo to help in the hospital and to bring Christianity to the people. She meets two men, both of whom are interested in her - Colonel DeRode (Finch) and a downed airman who turns out to be a surgeon, Paul Wilton (Roger Moore). Cade suffers inner conflict as a result, and it changes her life.

I like Angie Dickinson in this - she gives a very simple performance, that of a dedicated spiritual woman with great inner strength, and one who really understands why the people of the Congo love her and respect her. But she's miscast. To put it bluntly, Dickinson is too hot a number for this role. If she were just beautiful in the Audrey Hepburn sense, she would be believable. But Angie's always been a sex bomb and how anyone thought she could work in darkest Africa and not spend 99% of her time fighting off men was crazy. Either someone a little older, like Jean Simmons, or with less sex appeal would have been more appropriate.

Peter Finch was very good, very appealing, but I just saw him do this role in "The Nun's Story." I'm still confused.

Two favorites of mine, Woody Strode and Juano Hernandez, are on hand as well and give excellent performances.

There are certainly interesting aspects to "The Sins of Rachel Cade," and it has some appeal, but in the end it leaves one feeling a little flat.


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