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Rachel River (1987)

PG | | Drama | 20 February 1989 (USA)
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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2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Credited cast:
Nick Benedict ...
Christopher Burnette
Ailene Cole ...
Svea
Don Cosgrove ...
Casket Salesman
Jon DeVries ...
Baker
Ron Duffy ...
Duane
Michael Gallagher ...
Will
Jo Henderson ...
Estona
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Momo
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Cordell
Courtney Kjos ...
Annie Graving
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Harriet White
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Marlyn Huutula
Alan North ...
Beske
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Jack Canon
Oliver Osterberg ...
Arne
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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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minnesota | independent film | See All (2) »

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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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A movie of exceptional sensitivity and achievement
10 January 2008 | by (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

The attempt to make a movie of this subtlety in the United States of the late 1980s was extraordinary, and the measure of how simply yet successfully it was done equally so. The result is moving and exemplary, and especially so for screenwriters, for it shows how much can be done at little cost if a company of filmmakers commit themselves to focusing upon people rather than hype. Readers of this comment needn't read further, for it ends here. However, the 'guidelines' for posting require me to 'hype' its length to ten lines - so I am obliged to repeat: RACHEL RIVER is moving and exemplary, and especially so for screenwriters, for it shows how much can be done at little cost if a company of filmmakers commit themselves to focusing upon people rather than hype.


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