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Rachel, Rachel (1968)

Rachel, Rachel




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This melodrama finds Rachel Cameron (Joanne Woodward) a 35 year old virgin schoolteacher still living with her widowed mother. Her best friend is Calla (Estelle Parsons), whose life mirror Rachel's own single, lonely existence. Calla invites Rachel to attend a religious revival meeting with her. When Calla makes a pass at Rachel, the biological alarm goes off on Rachel's clock. The neurotic Rachel flashes back to her childhood, explaining some of her psychological musings. She is determined that if she does not change her ways, she will become a lesbian or an old maid. Fearful of either fate, she enters into a love affair with a childhood friend who returns to visit the old home town. Her possessive behavior frightens the man, who claims to be married and flees. Rachel believes she is pregnant and rejoices in becoming a mother. Her pregnancy turns out to be a benign ovarian cyst and wishful thinking on her part. Rachel makes plans to leave for Oregon in an effort to start over and begin a new life in another town. Taken from the Margaret Laurence novel "A Jest From God", Stewart Stern received and Oscar nomination for his screenplay. Also nominated were Woodward and Parsons for their compelling portrayal of lonely near spinsters, and the picture itself. This marks the directorial debut for Woodward's husband, actor Paul Newman. Both received accolades from the New York film critics.more
Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Romance, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Stewart Stern
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 28, 2009
Warner Bros.


Joanne Woodward
as Rachel Cameron
James Olson
as Nick Kazlik
Kate Harrington
as Mrs. Cameron
Estelle Parsons
as Calla Mackie
Donald Moffat
as Niall Cameron
Terry Kiser
as Preacher
Franco Corsaro
as Hector Jonas
Bernard Barrow
as Leighton Siddley
Nell Potts
as Rachel as a Child
Izzy Singer
as Lee Shabab
Tod Engle
as Nick as a child
Bruno Engle
as Bartender
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Critic Reviews for Rachel, Rachel

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | October 1, 2008
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Woodward carries everything with her faultless performance.

Full Review… | March 6, 2009
Combustible Celluloid

Well-directed by Paul Newman, the film chronicles the ordinary life of its unsung heroine, a small-town spinsterish teacher, beautifully played by Joanne Woodward.

Full Review… | October 20, 2006

Fine acting all around (Joanne Woodward especially), and sensitive Paul Newman direction.

December 29, 2005

November 12, 2005

Audience Reviews for Rachel, Rachel

A bit flawed by the excess of flashbacks and oniric sequences. Nevertheless, amazing performance by Mrs. Newman

Pierluigi Puccini

Super Reviewer


Joanne Woodward stars a Rachel, a timid and sexually frustrated 35-year old schoolteacher who's desperate for a change in her life; a summer fling throws her emotions into chaos. A slow, quiet film about ordinary sadness and triumph; the movie requires a star turn from Woodward to pull it off, and gets it.

Greg S

Super Reviewer

found this movie slow moving and postively boring~!!!!!

♥Robyn M♥

Super Reviewer

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