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.

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Rachel Cameron
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Nick Kazlik
Kate Harrington ...
Mrs. Cameron
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Calla Mackie
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Niall Cameron
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Preacher
Frank Corsaro ...
Hector Jonas
Bernard Barrow ...
Leighton Siddley
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Rev. Wood
Nell Potts ...
Rachel as a child
Shawn Campbell ...
James
Violet Dunn ...
Verla
Beatrice Pons ...
Florence
Dortha Duckworth ...
Mae (as Dorothea Duckworth)
Simm Landres
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Thirty-five year old spinster and virgin Rachel Cameron is a sad, lonely woman. She lives in the small town of Japonica, Connecticut where she grew up. She teaches second grade at Japonica Elementary School and lives with her highly demanding widowed mother (her funeral director father passed away fourteen years ago) in the same apartment above a funeral home where she grew up, despite the home now not owned by them. Rachel often uses her mother as an excuse not to do things. Rachel represses her emotions, and is prone to daydreaming to envision alternate paths for herself in certain situations if she only had the nerve to do those things. Even when Nick Kazlik, a childhood acquaintance who has returned to Japonica for a summer visit with his family, makes it clear that he wants to have fun with her while he's in town, she can't act on his request out of fear of the unknown. But after a couple of incidents with her only real friend Calla Mackie, who is a fellow teacher at the school, ... Written by Huggo

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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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Nell Potts, who plays Rachel as a young girl, is actually Joanne Woodward and 'Paul Newman' (I)'s real daughter. See more »

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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 »

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Rachel Cameron: Back to our respective cages.
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Referenced in Stella (1990) See more »

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Gem
24 May 2003 | by (Cambridge, MA) – See all my reviews

This movie is a gem. Joanne Woodward's acting has subtlety and insight. The story of a woman fearful of life and change is told with great truthfulness and sensitivity. The ending succeeded in being hopeful without surrendering to sentimentality or cliche, and I was deeply moved.


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