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The Rachel Papers (1989)

R | | Drama, Romance | 12 May 1989 (USA)
Charles is in control of his life; he is about to finish 6th form college and start at Oxford. He is 19 and wants an 'older' woman before he turns 20. Enter the beautiful Rachel, and ... See full summary »

Director:

Damian Harris

Writers:

Damian Harris, Martin Amis (novel)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dexter Fletcher ... Charles Highway
Ione Skye ... Rachel Noyce
Jonathan Pryce ... Norman
James Spader ... Deforest
Bill Paterson ... Gordon Highway
Michael Gambon ... Doctor Knowd
Lesley Sharp ... Jenny
Jared Harris ... Geoff
Aubrey Morris ... Sir Herbert
Claire Skinner ... Gloria
Nicola Kimber Nicola Kimber ... Vanessa Reynolds
Shirley Anne Field ... Mrs. Seth Smith
Pat Keen Pat Keen ... Mrs. Tauber
Amanda De Cadenet ... Cathy
Gina McKee ... Evonne
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Storyline

Charles is in control of his life; he is about to finish 6th form college and start at Oxford. He is 19 and wants an 'older' woman before he turns 20. Enter the beautiful Rachel, and Charles puts his 'master-of-seduction' routines into top gear. Things however get complicated, Charles has a string of ex's and a weird brother-in-law. Rachel has a boyfriend named Deforest and Charles' father has a mistress. Written by Matthew Stanfield <mattst@cogs.susx.ac.uk>

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Taglines:

She's curious, he's nervous.

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 May 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Er? Will! Sie Nicht? See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$201,468
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Agfacolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

First film directed by Damian Harris. See more »

Quotes

Charles Highway: The best first impressions are the ones that are misleading. I mean, you can be whoever you want and whoever they want you to be.
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Alternate Versions

The 2003 R1 DVD release features an extended version of the "Electric Moon" love scene which is more explicit than the version on the VHS release. See more »

Connections

Features Persona (1966) See more »

Soundtracks

I'VE GOT YOUR PREASURE CONTROL
Performed by Simon Harris
Courtesy of London Records
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or, as I call it, "UK's Ferris Bueller Gets Lucky"
26 June 1999 | by pgreyySee all my reviews

Despite some fine performances and great source material, this movie doesn't stand up as well as I'd hoped it would. It's either too dark and serious for the comedy it hopes to be or it's too gauzy for the serious look at modern teenagers in Britain that it hopes to be.

Still, it's interesting to see Dexter "did you know I was in Bugsy Malone AND Lock, Stock & 2 Smoking Barrells" Fletcher, Ione "wow, am I really this naked in this movie" Skye, Jonathon "why aren't I working more often?" Pryce and James "didn't I play this same character only with more lines in Pretty in Pink" Spader in a movie that hardly any American has ever heard of...

This has its clever moments, its funny moments, its heartbreaking moments and a few moments that are meant to be (and are) disturbing... It's not as clever as its American cousin, or as funny...but it does have a bit more depth...and Ione Skye is REALLY naked in it.

That's worth a rental, isn't it?


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