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Rachel, Rachel (1968)

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
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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 cares about a 35 year old maiden? 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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Jim Morrison was asked personally by Paul Newman to write a song for this movie, but it didn't work out. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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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One of the best American films of the 60's.
13 December 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This small, naturalistic film is one of the more honest films to come out of Hollywood. Its portrait of unexceptional lives strikes chords most movies never hear. Woodward and Harrington are superb, and under husband Paul Newman's direction, Woodward gives what is probably her finest performance. Newman has done a first rate job, and his use of photographed thought is particularly effective thanks in large part to Dede Allen's superb editing. The scene at the revival is ,perhaps, overdone but, the rest of the film feels true to life. The film's integrity is in its refusal to romanticize or provide dramatic climaxes. There are no heroes or villains, nothing remarkable happens, yet the film is holding and affecting and it should have been on the AFI's list of The 100 Greatest American Films. It deservedly received Oscar nods for best picture and actress, but director Newman was not nominated. Both the New York Film Critics and the Hollywood Foreign Press (Golden Globes) awarded Newman and Woodward. A gem!


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