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Rachel, Rachel (1968)

 -  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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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 8 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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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
Dortha Duckworth ...
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Simm Landres
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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 about her life and where she wants it to go. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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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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Drama | Romance

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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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First USA cinema feature of Donald Moffat. 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: [On the phone with her mother in the room] Hello?
Nick Kazlik: [On the other line] Hello.
Rachel Cameron: Oh, hello!
Nick Kazlik: My folks are away for the weekend. So, I thought maybe you'd like to play house. We got, like, three bedrooms, so we can chase each other from room to room between... you know.
Rachel Cameron: I mean, yes, I'd love to read that book. That sounds very interesting. Can you get it from the public library?
Nick Kazlik: Oh, you can't talk, right?
Rachel Cameron: Right. At this moment, I'm Venus observed.
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A gentle, rich1y emotional, melancholy but, amazingly, never depressing experience…

In a variation on her "Long Hot Summer" role, Woodward plays a sexually repressed schoolteacher in a small New England town who realizes that life is passing her by… She is thirty-five, a virgin, and dominated by her mother… During the summer, she has an affair with an old schoolmate… It proves disappointing, but she now knows that she can be loving, and determines to leave town and do something about her life—a move that seems only tentatively hopeful…

Woodward gives her finest performance as the confused, frequently beaten but ultimately indestructible woman… She has an extraordinary ability to look natural or simple and still reveal an inner radiance…

There are many touching moments: her timidness at the religious meeting; her awkward experiences with men; her late-night discussion with a likable male friend; and, most unforgettable, her face causing change from joyous expectancy to merely suppressed hysteria to a painful outburst of tears when she discovers that, contrary to her hopes, she is not pregnant...

Newman shows a natural cinematic sense in his perceptive depictions of small town life, the frenzied activity of a revival meeting and the anxieties of a first sexual experience; and in his clever, rarely impressive juxtaposition of Rachel's present with her fantasies and childhood memories… He gets excellent performances from Estelle Parsons as another lonely teacher and James Olson as the cynical big-city man who lets Rachel down…

Both Newman and Woodward won Golden Globe Awards… Woodward won the coveted New York Film Critics' Award, and was nominated for an Oscar…


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