5.8/10
63
10 user 1 critic

Rachel River (1987)

PG-13 | | 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.

Director:

Sandy Smolan

Writers:

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

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Edit

Cast

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
Edit

Storyline

Comedy drama about a young journalist (Pamela Reed) who, upon returning to her Minnesota home town, begins to examine her life.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

minnesota | independent film | See All (2) »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

User Reviews

 
A movie of exceptional sensitivity and achievement
10 January 2008 | by ewcSee 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.


2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 10 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 February 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Winternacht See more »

Filming Locations:

Woodbury, Minnesota, USA See more »

Edit

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,705, 22 January 1989

Gross USA:

$60,698

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$60,698
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Production Co:

American Playhouse See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

We've Got Your Streaming Picks Covered

Looking for some great streaming picks? Check out some of the IMDb editors' favorites movies and shows to round out your Watchlist.

Visit our What to Watch page



Recently Viewed