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Rachel River (1987)

PG  |   |  Drama  |  20 February 1989 (USA)
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Comedy drama about a young journalist (Pamela Reed) who, upon returning to her Minnesota home town, begins to examine her life.



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Don Cosgrove ...
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Jon DeVries ...
Ron Duffy ...
Michael Gallagher ...
Jo Henderson ...
Courtney Kjos ...
Annie Graving
Harriet White
Marlyn Huutula
Alan North ...
Jack Canon
Oliver Osterberg ...


Comedy drama about a young journalist (Pamela Reed) who, upon returning to her Minnesota home town, begins to examine her life.

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Winternacht  »

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Craig T. Nelson's character is called Marlyn Huutula. Hutula is the Norwegian name for Shelob, the giant spider in Tolkien's Lord of the Rings books. Nelson himself has a Norwegian grandfather. See more »

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An overlooked, slice-of-life movie that deserves to be seen
1 September 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Pamela Reed gives the best performance of her career is this wonderful, thought-provoking film. She plays Mary Graving, a divorced woman with two children. I think this is the kind of movie that you will either love or hate. I loved it. I've watched it probably a dozen times since I first discovered it on PBS. All of the actors are great; in fact, the acting is very low-key but to me that's what made this such a great movie. The characters are real, it's easy to believe in them as they go about their daily lives in a small town during a snowy winter. James Olson is very good as a would-be suitor and Craig T. Nelson makes the most out of a small role. Viveca Lindfors is always worth watching but it's Pamela Reed's performance that makes the movie a winner. I was kind of surprised that she didn't get any awards for this, her performance is that good. She makes the character of Mary Graving a interesting, flawed, complex individual, IMHO. Go to, get this movie and let yourself be caught up in this film and the residents of Rachel River.

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