- Calla Mackie (Estelle Parsons) to school children
A 35-year-old teacher (Joanne Woodward) longs for love and fears that she's in danger of remaining a spinster unless she makes important changes in her life. Then a male friend from childhood (James Olson) suddenly turns up again, and she mistakenly believes she's found the answer to her problems. Melancholy infuses this sensitive story, set in a small New England town and based on the novel JEST OF GOD by Margaret Laurence. Paul Newman took the reins as director when he couldn't attract interest in the project, casting his wife (Woodward) in the lead. It was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actress, and Best (Adapted) Screenplay.
Based On A Novel |
Love Story |
Feature film directorial debut for actor Paul Newman. In 1961, Newman directed a short film (28 minutes), "On the Harmfulness of Tobacco." His wife, actress Joanne Woodward, persuaded him to direct "Rachel, Rachel."
Film debut for actress Kate Harrington.
Nell Potts is a pseudonym for Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward's eldest daughter, Elinor.
Additional cast: Kate Harrington (Mrs. Cameron); Frank Corsaro (Hector), Bernard Barrow (Leighton Siddley), Izzy Singer (storekeeper), The Phaetons (song performers).
Additional credits: Richard Merrell (set decorator), Domingo Rodriguez (costumes), and Arthur Newman (associate producer).
Color by Technicolor. Shot on location in the Connecticut towns of Bethel, Georgetown and Danbury