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Writers:
Stewart Stern (screenplay)
Margaret Laurence (novel)
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Release Date:
26 August 1968 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
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 »
Plot:
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... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 9 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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Paul Newman: 1925 - 2008
 (From IMDb News. 27 September 2008, 8:49 AM, PDT)

User Reviews:
I'm middle-aged. What should I do for the rest of my life? See more (34 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Joanne Woodward ... Rachel Cameron

James Olson ... Nick Kazlik
Kate Harrington ... Mrs. Cameron

Estelle Parsons ... Calla Mackie

Donald Moffat ... Niall Cameron

Terry Kiser ... Preacher
Frank Corsaro ... Hector Jonas
Bernard Barrow ... Leighton Siddley

Geraldine Fitzgerald ... Rev. Wood
Nell Potts ... Rachel as a child
Shawn Campbell ... James
Violet Dunn ... Verla
Beatrice Pons
Dortha Duckworth (as Dorothea Duckworth)
Simm Landres
Izzy Singer ... Lee Shabab

Tod Engle ... Nick as a child
Connie Robinson
Sylvia Shipman
Larry Fredericks
Bruno Engler ... Bartender (as Bruno Engl)
Wendell P. MacNeal IV (as Wendell Mac Neal)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pete Bostrom ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Paul Newman 
 
Writing credits
Stewart Stern (screenplay)

Margaret Laurence (novel "A Jest of God")

Produced by
Arthur S. Newman Jr. .... associate producer (as Arthur Newman)
Paul Newman .... producer
Harrison Starr .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Jerome Moross 
 
Cinematography by
Gayne Rescher 
 
Film Editing by
Dede Allen 
 
Casting by
Shirley Rich 
 
Art Direction by
Robert Gundlach 
 
Set Decoration by
Richard Merrell 
 
Costume Design by
Domingo A. Rodriguez  (as Domingo Rodriguez)
 
Makeup Department
Colleen Callaghan .... key hair stylist
Robert Phillipe .... makeup artist (as Bob Phillipe)
 
Production Management
Florence Nerlinger .... assistant production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Alan Hopkins .... assistant director
Edward Folger .... assistant director (uncredited)
Alex Hapsas .... assistant director (uncredited)
Robert J. Koster .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Merle Eckert .... construction (as Merle Eckhart)
Merce Eckhart .... constructor
Sante Fiore .... scenic
Thomas Wright .... property master (as Tommy Wright)
 
Sound Department
Alan Heim .... sound editor
Jack C. Jacobsen .... sound (as Jack Jacobsen)
Dick Vorisek .... sound re-recordist
Robert Rogow .... boom operator (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Larry Barr .... key grip
Willie Meyerhoff .... chief gaffer (as Willy Meyerhoff)
Dick Mingalone .... camera operator
Muky .... still photographer
Tom Priestley Jr. .... assistant camera (as Tom Priestley)
Tom Volpe .... dolly grip (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bev Langer .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Lynn Lewis Lovett .... assistant editor (as Lynn Lewis)
Robert Q. Lovett .... associate editor
 
Music Department
Jerome Moross .... musical director
The Phaetons .... music performed by
Frank Kulaga .... music scoring mixer (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Roberta Hodes .... script
Larry Sturhahn .... production consultant
Phillip M. Goldfarb .... production assistant (uncredited)
George Manasse .... production assistant (uncredited)
 

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101 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) | USA:R | USA:Approved (Suggested for Mature Audiences)
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Trivia:
Based on the 1966 novel "A Jest of God" by Margaret Laurence.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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:
[Last lines]
Rachel Cameron:[Thinking] Where I'm going, anything may happen. Nothing may happen. Maybe I'll find a friend. Maybe I'll even marry a middle-aged widower and have children in my time. Most of the chances are against it, but not, I think, quite all. It may be that my children will always be temporary, never to be held. But so are everyone's. I will be afraid, always. I may be lonely, always. What will happen? What will happen?
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Referenced in Stella (1990)See more »

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41 out of 54 people found the following review useful.
I'm middle-aged. What should I do for the rest of my life?, 31 May 2001
Author: Gary M. James from United States

Based on the novel "A Jest of God" by Canadian novelist Margaret Laurence, "Rachel, Rachel" is the story of Rachel Cameron (beautifully played by Joanne Woodward), a middle-aged schoolteacher who tries to come out of her shell before it's too late. Her father, recently deceased, was the town's funeral director. She still lives at home with her demanding mother (Kate Harrington). Rachel's friend is Calla Mackie (Estelle Parsons), an equally lonely, repressed fellow teacher who has some issues in her life as well. Rachel has a chance on love when a man (James Olson) returns to the small town in Connecticut from NYC. Rachel has some difficulty handling emotions she's never felt before. She's still haunted by her past and has difficulty coping with reality and fantasy. As Rachel mentioned at the beginning of the film, she's middle-aged, she's lived half of her life, what can she do now?

This was Paul Newman's debut as director. He did a fine job directing his wife Joanne Woodward. He captured the loneliness of this woman without overdoing it as well as the atmosphere of living in a small town that is alternately comfortable and suffocating.

I was also impressed with the supporting cast. Including Estelle Parsons, Kate Harrington and James Olson, Donald Moffat as Rachel's very scary father and two very charismatic performances by Geraldine Fitzgerald as the local reverend and Terry Kiser as a traveling faith healer.

Although it received four Oscar nominations, "Rachel, Rachel" seems to have fallen off the radar screen. Some of the movies that were released in 1968 included "The Lion in Winter", "Funny Girl", "2001: A Space Odyssey", "Romeo and Juliet" and "Planet of the Apes".

"Rachel, Rachel", a mature, well-acted drama, certainly should be considered one of the more under-appreciated films of the late 1960s.

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