Rachel, Rachel

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Overview

Paul Newman made his directorial debut and Newman's wife, Joanne Woodward, stars as Rachel Cameron, a 35-year-old unmarried schoolteacher who feels as though she's wasted her life. Rachel's best friend, Calla Mackie Estelle Parsons, invites her to attend a religious revival meeting. Here Rachel is swept up in the emotional fervor orchestrated by a young guest preacher Terry Kiser. This is the first of several cathartic incidents which convince Rachel to kick over the traces and express her own needs and emotions....
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Overview

Paul Newman made his directorial debut and Newman's wife, Joanne Woodward, stars as Rachel Cameron, a 35-year-old unmarried schoolteacher who feels as though she's wasted her life. Rachel's best friend, Calla Mackie Estelle Parsons, invites her to attend a religious revival meeting. Here Rachel is swept up in the emotional fervor orchestrated by a young guest preacher Terry Kiser. This is the first of several cathartic incidents which convince Rachel to kick over the traces and express her own needs and emotions. She has a brief sexual liaison with an old family friend James Olson, and is delighted at the notion that she might have become pregnant. Rachel ends up alone and childless her "pregnancy" was nothing more than a benign cyst, but still determined to forge a new life for herself. Based the novel A Jest of God by Margaret Laurence, Rachel, Rachel won New York Film Critics awards for both Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman, and an Oscar nomination for Joanne Woodward.
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Editorial Reviews

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Rachel, Rachel is a moving, mature meditation on loneliness and existential angst, best remembered as the directorial debut of Paul Newman. Newman intentionally chose this small-scale, dramatic story -- adapted by Stewart Stern from Margaret Laurence's novel A Jest of God -- to make his entrée into filmmaking. Newman's wife, Joanne Woodward, is convincing as the title character determined to change her life; the role aided her comeback from a string of mediocre pictures. Though acclaimed -- the picture was nominated for four Academy Awards -- the film suffered a quick death at the box office and is, regrettably, largely forgotten.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/31/1995
  • UPC: 085391133339
  • Original Release: 1968
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  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Joanne Woodward Rachel Cameron
James Olson Nick
Kate Harrington Mrs. Cameron
Estelle Parsons Calla Mackie
Donald Moffat Niall Cameron
Geraldine Fitzgerald Rev. Wood
Terry Kiser Preacher
Franco Corsaro Hector Jonas
Bernard Barrow Leighton Siddley
Bruno Engle Bartender
Tod Engle Nick as a child
Beatrice Pons
Izzy Singer Lee Shabab
Shawn Campbell James
Violet Dunn Verla
Nell Potts Rachel as a Child
Paul Newman
Jerome Moross Conductor
Technical Credits
Paul Newman Director, Producer
Dede Allen Editor
Edward Folger Asst. Director
Robert Gundlach Art Director
Alan Hopkins Asst. Director
Richard Merrell Set Decoration/Design
Jerome Moross Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
Bob Philippe Makeup
Gayne Rescher Cinematographer
Domingo Rodriguez Costumes/Costume Designer
Stewart Stern Score Composer, Screenwriter
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    Posted November 15, 2013

    Loved the book.

    Loved the book.

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