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Rachel, Rachel (1968)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  26 August 1968 (USA)
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Rachel is a 35 year old school teacher who has no man in her life and lives with her mother. When a man from the big city returns and asks her out, she begins to have to make decisions ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rachel Cameron
Nick Kazlik
Kate Harrington ...
Mrs. Cameron
Calla Mackie
Niall Cameron
Frank Corsaro ...
Hector Jonas
Bernard Barrow ...
Leighton Siddley
Rev. Wood
Nell Potts ...
Rachel as a child
Shawn Campbell ...
Violet Dunn ...
Beatrice Pons ...
Dortha Duckworth ...
Mae (as Dorothea Duckworth)
Simm Landres


Rachel is a 35 year old school teacher who has no man in her life and lives with her mother. When a man from the big city returns and asks her out, she begins to have to make decisions about her life and where she wants it to go. Written by John Vogel <>

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Who was she? Sometimes she was a child skipping rope. Sometimes she was a woman with a passionate hunger. And one day the woman and the child came together... See more »


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26 August 1968 (USA)  »

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A Jest of God  »

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$700,000 (estimated)

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Based on the 1966 novel "A Jest of God" by Margaret Laurence. See more »


Rachel's hair pattern changes in two continuous shots on the hospital bed. The front camera angle shows her hair in front of her ears but the side camera shows her hair behind her ears. See more »


Rachel Cameron: Oh, guess who invited me for supper tonight, and I said "No". The groper.
Calla Mackie: He probably serves rat. Come on up after, I bought you a... a nothing gift.
Rachel Cameron: What?
Calla Mackie: A companion that needs taking care of. But unlike your mother, it doesn't talk back.
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Referenced in Stella (1990) See more »

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Too Beautiful
12 May 2004 | by (New York, NY USA) – See all my reviews

I saw "Rachel, Rachel" early one summer morning on cable. I woke up in the dark and turned the television on and the film began. I was hypnotized. The movie is so honest, and moving, and true that I thought I was still dreaming.

I grew up in Connecticut, and several of my aunts were schoolteachers, so I can tell you that every moment in the film is absolutely true. Paul Newman gets everything right... the repressed woman who is still under her mother's control, the judgmental small-town, the wild children, even the sound of the heat bugs on the country road! Joanne Woodward is absolutely mesmerizing as a woman lost in the shuffle, doing everything everyone wants her to and dying in the process...

This movie is not for everyone. There are no explosions or car crashes or digitally-animated comic book characters. But if you would like to see a genuine "slice-of-life" along the lines of "Midnight Cowboy" or even "The Graduate," then "Rachel, Rachel" is a film that will move you and make you think. Definitely worth seeking out.

Grade: A-

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