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* IncompatibleOrientation: Rachel's best friend and fellow schoolteacher Calla finds this out when, after an emotional moment at a religious revival meeting, Calla kisses Rachel square on the mouth. Rachel recoils and keeps her distance from Calla for a while, but they reconcile by the end.

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* IncompatibleOrientation: Rachel's best friend and fellow schoolteacher Calla finds this out when, after an emotional moment at a religious revival meeting, Calla she kisses Rachel square on the mouth. Rachel recoils and keeps her distance from Calla for a while, but they reconcile by the end.


Directorial debut of Newman. Received UsefulNotes/AcademyAward nominations for Best Picture, Actress (Woodward), Supporting Actress (Creator/EstelleParsons, as Rachel's friend Calla), and Adapted Screenplay (Stewart Stern). [[RealLifeRelative Newman and Woodward's daughter Nell Newman]], here billed as Nell Potts, plays young Rachel in the flashback scenes.

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Directorial debut of Newman. Received Newman's directorial debut, the film received UsefulNotes/AcademyAward nominations for Best Picture, Actress (Woodward), Supporting Actress (Creator/EstelleParsons, as Rachel's friend Calla), and Adapted Screenplay (Stewart Stern). [[RealLifeRelative Newman and Woodward's daughter Nell Newman]], here billed as Nell Potts, plays young Rachel in the flashback scenes.


Directorial debut of Newman. [[RealLifeRelative Newman and Woodward's daughter Nell Newman]], here billed as Nell Potts, plays young Rachel in the flashback scenes.

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Directorial debut of Newman. Received UsefulNotes/AcademyAward nominations for Best Picture, Actress (Woodward), Supporting Actress (Creator/EstelleParsons, as Rachel's friend Calla), and Adapted Screenplay (Stewart Stern). [[RealLifeRelative Newman and Woodward's daughter Nell Newman]], here billed as Nell Potts, plays young Rachel in the flashback scenes.



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* AdaptationalLocationChange: From Manitoba (novel) to Connecticut (film).


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''Rachel, Rachel'' is a 1968 film directed by Creator/PaulNewman, starring his wife, Joanne Woodward.

Woodward is Rachel Cameron, a 35-year-old spinster schoolteacher still living with her mother in her small Connecticut hometown, above the mortuary that used to be her late father's business. Rachel is trapped in her tiny, closed-off world, and she fantasizes of escape. Eventually a means of escape offers itself in the form of Nick Kazlik, a childhood acquaintance who has come back to town to visit his parents.

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''Rachel, Rachel'' is a 1968 drama film [[TheFilmOfTheBook adapted from]] the 1966 novel ''A Jest of God'' by Creator/MargaretLaurence, directed by Creator/PaulNewman, Creator/PaulNewman and starring his wife, Joanne Woodward.

Woodward is Rachel Cameron, Cameron (Woodward) is a 35-year-old spinster schoolteacher still living with her mother in her small Connecticut hometown, above the mortuary that used to be was her late father's business. Rachel is trapped in her tiny, closed-off world, and she fantasizes of escape. Eventually a means of escape offers itself in the form of Nick Kazlik, Kazlik (James Olson), a childhood acquaintance who has come back to town to visit his parents.



Based on the 1966 novel ''A Jest of God'' by Creator/MargaretLaurence.


* WhipPan: Used for a shot of the old ladies sitting around May's table playing cards, likely to symbolized how Rachel feels trapped.

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* WhipPan: Used for a shot of the old ladies sitting around May's table playing cards, likely to symbolized how Rachel feels trapped.trapped.
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''Rachel, Rachel'' is a 1968 film directed by Creator/PaulNewman, starring his wife, Joanne Woodward. Woodward is Rachel Cameron, a 35-year-old spinster schoolteacher still living with her mother in her small Connecticut hometown, above the mortuary that used to be her late father's business. Rachel is trapped in her tiny, closed-off world, and she fantasizes of escape. Eventually a means of escape offers itself in the form of Nick Kazlik, a childhood acquaintance who has come back to town to visit his parents.

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''Rachel, Rachel'' is a 1968 film directed by Creator/PaulNewman, starring his wife, Joanne Woodward.

Woodward is Rachel Cameron, a 35-year-old spinster schoolteacher still living with her mother in her small Connecticut hometown, above the mortuary that used to be her late father's business. Rachel is trapped in her tiny, closed-off world, and she fantasizes of escape. Eventually a means of escape offers itself in the form of Nick Kazlik, a childhood acquaintance who has come back to town to visit his parents.


Based on the 1966 novel ''A Jest of God'' by Margaret Laurence.

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Based on the 1966 novel ''A Jest of God'' by Margaret Laurence.
Creator/MargaretLaurence.

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Based on the 1966 novel ''A Jest of God'' by Margaret Laurence.


''Rachel, Rachel'' is a 1968 film directed by Creator/PaulNewman, starring his wife, Joanne Woodward. Woodward is Rachel Cameron, a 35-year-old spinster schoolteacher still living with her mother in her small Connecticut hometown. Rachel is trapped in her tiny, closed-off world, and she fantasizes of escape. Eventually a means of escape offers itself in the form of Nick Kazlik, a childhood acquaintance who has come back to town to visit his parents.

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''Rachel, Rachel'' is a 1968 film directed by Creator/PaulNewman, starring his wife, Joanne Woodward. Woodward is Rachel Cameron, a 35-year-old spinster schoolteacher still living with her mother in her small Connecticut hometown.hometown, above the mortuary that used to be her late father's business. Rachel is trapped in her tiny, closed-off world, and she fantasizes of escape. Eventually a means of escape offers itself in the form of Nick Kazlik, a childhood acquaintance who has come back to town to visit his parents.


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* CreepyMortician: Actually, Rachel's father wasn't all that creepy, as he is portrayed in flashbacks. But Rachel is, being somewhat unhealthily obsessed with her father's job, going so far as to get a flower and crawl into a coffin and close it, while her father is prepping a dead child for burial.


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* TimeShiftedActor: Done with Flashback Rachel, as noted above, and also with the character of Nick in one scene where Young Rachel meets Young Nick as her father is taking Nick's brother away to be buried.

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''Rachel, Rachel'' is a 1968 film directed by Creator/PaulNewman, starring his wife, Joanne Woodward. Woodward is Rachel Cameron, a 35-year-old spinster schoolteacher still living with her mother in her small Connecticut hometown. Rachel is trapped in her tiny, closed-off world, and she fantasizes of escape. Eventually a means of escape offers itself in the form of Nick Kazlik, a childhood acquaintance who has come back to town to visit his parents.

Directorial debut of Newman. [[RealLifeRelative Newman and Woodward's daughter Nell Newman]], here billed as Nell Potts, plays young Rachel in the flashback scenes.

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* AgeCut: Done multiple times with Rachel when cutting back and forth from the present day to the flashbacks of her childhood.
* AllLowercaseLetters: The opening and closing credits are both done this way.
* AndStarring: Geraldine Fitzgerald, an A-lister in TheThirties and TheForties, here has a small part as Rev. Wood. She is given a "Guest Star" credit in the closing credits.
* BabiesEverAfter: In the final scene, as Rachel's InnerMonologue muses about living her life and possibly having children, there's what seems to be a FlashForward to Rachel and her son on the beach. "Seems to be" because Rachel's face isn't shown.
* BloodFromTheMouth: Seen from Rachel in one of her [[ImagineSpot Imagine Spots]] when she imagines jumping to her death.
* EverybodySmokes: Rachel is smoking in her hospital bed after surgery to remove her cyst.
* HavingAGayOldTime: "Do you think we spent all of our time getting laid and doing gay Slavic dances?"
* IJustWantToBeFree: The main theme. Rachel wants to get out of her tiny little town and out from under her mother's thumb and live her own life.
* ImagineSpot: Many, expressing the emotions that Rachel is suppressing. In one scene where her mother is being particularly irritating, Rachel imagines force-feeding her a handful of sleeping pills.
* IncompatibleOrientation: Rachel's best friend and fellow schoolteacher Calla finds this out when, after an emotional moment at a religious revival meeting, Calla kisses Rachel square on the mouth. Rachel recoils and keeps her distance from Calla for a while, but they reconcile by the end.
* InnerMonologue: Repeatedly throughout the film, as Rachel's inner thoughts express her dissatisfaction with life as well as her fear of change.
* MaidenAunt: Rachel the 35-year-old virgin is on the verge of becoming this, and it terrifies her.
* MyBelovedSmother: Rachel's mother May, who regards her as a servant and tries to control her. May stays up and reproaches Rachel after Rachel has an all-too-rare night out, and May flips her lid when she discovers a crude birth control device amongst Rachel's things. (Despite the fact that it used to be May's.)
* NoGuyWantsToBeChased: Nick pursues Rachel vigorously. But when she says she loves him and talks about wanting children, he pretends to be married, and splits.
* ToplessnessFromTheBack: Seen from Joanne Woodward when she sits up in bed with Nick.
* WhipPan: Used for a shot of the old ladies sitting around May's table playing cards, likely to symbolized how Rachel feels trapped.

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