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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.


Sandy Smolan


Carol Bly (stories), Judith Guest
2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »


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Credited cast:
Pamela Reed ... Mary Graving
Viveca Lindfors ... Harriet White
Zeljko Ivanek ... Momo
James Olson ... Jack Canon
Craig T. Nelson ... Marlyn Huutula
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nick Benedict Nick Benedict ... Christopher Burnette
Ailene Cole Ailene Cole ... Svea
Don Cosgrove Don Cosgrove ... Casket Salesman
Jon DeVries Jon DeVries ... Baker
Ron Duffy Ron Duffy ... Duane
Michael Gallagher Michael Gallagher ... Will
Jo Henderson Jo Henderson ... Estona
Richard Jenkins ... Cordell
Courtney Kjos Courtney Kjos ... Annie Graving
Alan North ... Beske


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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Release Date:

20 February 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Winternacht See more »

Filming Locations:

Woodbury, Minnesota, USA See more »

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American Playhouse See more »
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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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One Of The Worse Movies Ever Made!!
31 March 1999 | by Axiom-2See all my reviews

All of my movie reviews so far have been really positive & praiseworthy. But the time has come to finally cut up a movie for what it is, and this is a good one to start with. Rachel River is one of the worst movies that I have ever seen. What was Craig T Nelson thinking of when he was offered a part in this first class clunker? It's a good thing that Coach was a hit for him or his acting career would have been in a landfill site along with the script of this sham of a picture. I would have rather stood in a corner and stared at the wall for 88mins. Two other things that I can,t get over, is the fact that this movie won an award from the U.S Film Festival for Best Cinematography. WHAT A STINKIN JOKE!!!! It should have won the award for turkey of the year. The other thing is, why would they release this movie on Laser Disc? This was one of the .50cent discs that I bought when Camelot had a huge blow out sale, but I felt ripped off at even paying .50cents for this awful movie called Rachel River. I hope that this film is waiting for 5 votes for a long time. It should be taken out of your data base. TOTAL CRAP!!!!!

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