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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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20 February 1989 (USA)  »

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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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Well Worth Seeking Out
28 January 2012 | by (Santa Fe, NM) – See all my reviews

I saw this film when it was first released, on the big screen in Los Angeles (in Century City's multi-plex, for those of you who know the city).

It was lovely. The audience, including me, was completely rapt. All these years later, I still remember scenes and images from Rachel River. Vivica Linfors is particularly strong here.

The biggest vote of endorsement came at the end of the film, when THE ENTIRE THEATER AUDIENCE spontaneously rose to their feet and gave the film a long STANDING OVATION.

Believe me, the times this happens with a jaded LA audience are few and far between. The film is that good - nuanced storytelling and performances, lovely cinematography, thoughtful and sensitive direction and editing.

I only wish it was available on Netflx. Maybe if enough of us request it Netflix will add it. This is one film that must not be lost to the dustbins of history.


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