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Rachel, Rachel (1968)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 26 August 1968 (USA)
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, she begins to have to make decisions about her life and where she wants it to go.

Director:

Paul Newman

Writers:

Stewart Stern (screenplay), Margaret Laurence (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joanne Woodward ... Rachel Cameron
James Olson ... Nick Kazlik
Kate Harrington Kate Harrington ... Mrs. Cameron
Estelle Parsons ... Calla Mackie
Donald Moffat ... Niall Cameron
Terry Kiser ... Preacher
Frank Corsaro Frank Corsaro ... Hector Jonas
Bernard Barrow Bernard Barrow ... Leighton Siddley
Geraldine Fitzgerald ... Rev. Wood
Nell Potts ... Rachel as a child
Shawn Campbell Shawn Campbell ... James
Violet Dunn Violet Dunn ... Verla
Beatrice Pons ... Florence
Dortha Duckworth ... Mae (as Dorothea Duckworth)
Simm Landres Simm Landres
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Storyline

Thirty-five year old spinster and virgin Rachel Cameron is a sad, lonely woman. She lives in the small town of Japonica, Connecticut where she grew up. She teaches second grade at Japonica Elementary School and lives with her highly demanding widowed mother (her funeral director father passed away fourteen years ago) in the same apartment above a funeral home where she grew up, despite the home now not owned by them. Rachel often uses her mother as an excuse not to do things. Rachel represses her emotions, and is prone to daydreaming to envision alternate paths for herself in certain situations if she only had the nerve to do those things. Even when Nick Kazlik, a childhood acquaintance who has returned to Japonica for a summer visit with his family, makes it clear that he wants to have fun with her while he's in town, she can't act on his request out of fear of the unknown. But after a couple of incidents with her only real friend Calla Mackie, who is a fellow teacher at the school, ... Written by Huggo

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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 »

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Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 August 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Jest of God See more »

Filming Locations:

Bethel, Connecticut, USA See more »

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Budget:

$700,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Kayos Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film's successful bid for Academy Award nominations (particularly Best Picture) over such films like 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), The Battle of Algiers (1966), Planet of the Apes (1968), The Producers (1967), Rosemary's Baby (1968), and War and Peace (1966) was largely due to intense lobbying by the film's director Paul Newman. See more »

Goofs

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

Rachel Cameron: [On the phone with her mother in the room] Hello?
Nick Kazlik: [On the other line] Hello.
Rachel Cameron: Oh, hello!
Nick Kazlik: My folks are away for the weekend. So, I thought maybe you'd like to play house. We got, like, three bedrooms, so we can chase each other from room to room between... you know.
Rachel Cameron: I mean, yes, I'd love to read that book. That sounds very interesting. Can you get it from the public library?
Nick Kazlik: Oh, you can't talk, right?
Rachel Cameron: Right. At this moment, I'm Venus observed.
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Alternate Versions

Joanne Woodward's character's name, Rachel, is changed to Jennifer for the Italian version in order to make it sound more American See more »

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Referenced in Stella (1990) See more »

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Too Beautiful
12 May 2004 | by BolesroorSee all my reviews

I saw "Rachel, Rachel" early one summer morning on cable. I woke up in the dark and turned the television on and the film began. I was hypnotized. The movie is so honest, and moving, and true that I thought I was still dreaming.

I grew up in Connecticut, and several of my aunts were schoolteachers, so I can tell you that every moment in the film is absolutely true. Paul Newman gets everything right... the repressed woman who is still under her mother's control, the judgmental small-town, the wild children, even the sound of the heat bugs on the country road! Joanne Woodward is absolutely mesmerizing as a woman lost in the shuffle, doing everything everyone wants her to and dying in the process...

This movie is not for everyone. There are no explosions or car crashes or digitally-animated comic book characters. But if you would like to see a genuine "slice-of-life" along the lines of "Midnight Cowboy" or even "The Graduate," then "Rachel, Rachel" is a film that will move you and make you think. Definitely worth seeking out.

Grade: A-


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