Rachel River (1987)





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Rachel River is a small town in Minnesota. When local "looney tune" Aileen Cole dies, the town comes to the slow realization that the reclusive Cole has in fact touched the lives of virtually every citizen--and nearly always in a positive manner. That realization is so slow because, immediately after Cole's demise, everyone is more concerned with scrambling to recover a buried treasure rumored to be on the old woman's property. The very thin plotline is fleshed out by individual episodes involving some of the town's more visible denizens: Cole's slobbish nephew Craig T. Nelson, Nelson's viper-tongued sister Jo Henderson, elderly Viveca Lindfors, local radio personality Pamela Reed, covetous undertaker James Olson, and "village idiot" Zeljko Ivanek, whose top billing in the opening credits is justified as the story develops. Rachel River premiered in June of 1989 as a PBS American Playhouse telecast, then enjoyed a brief theatrical distribution.
Drama , Romance
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American Playhouse Theatrical Films


Pamela Reed
as Mary Graving
Viveca Lindfors
as Harriet White
Craig T. Nelson
as Marlyn Huutula
James Olson
as Jack Canon
Alan North
as Beske
Jo Henderson
as Estona
Ron Duffy
as Duane
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Well acted by Pamela Reed, the film offers a vivid, comic and touching view of ordinary life in rural Minnesota.

Full Review… | October 31, 2006

A magical movie about the emotional education of adults in a small Minnesota town.

Full Review… | July 10, 2003
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