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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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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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20 February 1989 (USA)  »

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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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The decay of small town America
13 September 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I first saw this movie when it came out on the big screen, about 1988, and I drove around aimlessly in the direction of Sandstone (where it was filmed) for a couple hours after it was over. I was misty-eyed, thinking about what I had seen of that small town lifestyle, and the energy and life it contained 20-30 years ago (now 40 years ago) and what little was left of it in that movie - like a ghost town. Nobody in their reviews mentions the soundtrack, and the music of Arvo Part, and the eery effect it had on me, as it must on other people, looking at what was a town with very few people. The scenes of the farmhouse, with Miss Lindfors summoning her memories of life there in the '30's-'40's-'50's-'60's were particularly heartbreaking, knowing I had been privileged to see some similar scenes 50-60 yrs ago when I was a child. I agree that Pamela Reed was the standout in this movie, but that's not to ignore all the other totally believable roles, even the mute "Momo". I can thoroughly understand fans of Rambo, John Wayne, Chuck Norris, Bruce Willis, and other vacuous, formulaic heroes being totally turned off by a movie that doesn't even have one single explosion, one gunshot, or one drop of blood or one dead body on the screen. If Sandstone (where it was filmed) was a ghost town 15 yrs ago, imagine what it must be like now, or how many more towns must be like that now, in the age of feedlots, million bird turkey farms, swine sewage pools, etc.


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