Rachel, Rachel

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Rachel, Rachel ★★★½ 1968 (R)

Rachel teaches by day, wearing simple, practical dresses and her hair up. By night she caters to her domineering mother by preparing refreshments for her parties. This sexually repressed, spinster schoolteacher, however, gets one last chance at romance in her small Connecticut town. Woodward mixes just the right amounts of loneliness and sweetness in the leading role. A surprising awardwinner that was an independent production of Newman. Based on Margaret Laurence's “A Jest of God.” 102m/C VHS . Joanne Woodward, James Olson, Estelle Parsons, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Donald Moffat; D: Paul Newman; W: Stewart Stern. Golden Globes '69: Actress—Drama (Woodward), Director (Newman); N.Y. Film Critics '68: Actress (Woodward), Director (Newman).