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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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:August 26, 1968

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Paul Newman Best Director 1968 Winner
New York Film Critics Circle Paul Newman Best Director 1968 Winner
Directors Guild of America Paul Newman Best Director 1968 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Paul Newman Best Picture 1968 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Estelle Parsons Best Supporting Actress 1968 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Joanne Woodward Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama 1968 Winner
New York Film Critics Circle Joanne Woodward Best Actress 1968 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Joanne Woodward Best Actress 1968 Nominee

Cast

Joanne Woodward
as Rachel Cameron
James Olson
as Nick
Estelle Parsons
as Calla Mackie
Donald Moffat
as Niall Cameron
Geraldine Fitzgerald
as Rev. Wood
Terry Kiser
as Preacher
Franco Corsaro
as Hector Jonas
Bernard Barrow
as Leighton Siddley
Paul Newman
Tod Engle
as Nick as a child
Beatrice Pons
Izzy Singer
as Lee Shabab
Violet Dunn
as Verla

Crew

Paul Newman
Director
Paul Newman
Producer
Gayne Rescher
Cinematographer
Robert Schumann
Featured Music
Erik Satie
Featured Music
Dede Allen
Editor
Robert Gundlach
Art Director
Richard Merrell
Set Designer
Edward Folger
First Assistant Director
Bob Philippe
Makeup
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