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115 Ratings

Rachel, Rachel

Directed by Paul Newman
United States, 1968


Rachel is a 35 year old school teacher who has no man in her life and lives with her mother. When a man from the big city returns and asks her out, she begins to have to make decisions about her life and where she wants it to go.

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Rachel, Rachel Directed by Paul Newman

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1969 | 4 nominations including: Best Picture

National Board of Review

1969 | Winner: Top Ten Films

BAFTA Awards

1969 | Nominee: Best Actress

Directors Guild of America

1969 | Nominee: Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures

Usually in a film like Rachel, Rachel we wait to see what flashy trauma from the past might make the main character worthy of our attention. But Rachel Cameron is ordinary even in what she suffers. And that choice feels more risky now than ever, even with Jerome Moross’s memorably plaintive score bolstering Woodward’s performance during some of Rachel’s solitary walks.
March 24, 2017
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The film tells us a story about the loss of innocence and, therefore, of the end of a world. We remain in the field of divisions. We realise where Newman wants to take us in that final dialogue between mother and daughter, which, as Michel Delahaye wrote in his review for Cahiers du cinéma (no. 214, July/August 1969, pp. 61-62), reflects the game of tensions suggested by the film’s title: ‘revolt and resignation’.
November 20, 2016
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Newman once said that his one direction for Woodward was “Pinch it.” She certainly appears to have run with that instruction. Her performance here is a clinic in closing oneself off while still allowing the audience to peek inside – how to emote without emoting. Despite his recollection of such modest direction, Newman himself was particularly adept at this kind of performance, too, and it’s easy to see both why he was drawn to this material and why he was able to film it so well.
February 26, 2015
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