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The Rachel Papers (1989)

R | | Drama, Romance | 12 May 1989 (USA)
Charles is in control of his life; he is about to finish 6th form college and start at Oxford. He is 19 and wants an 'older' woman before he turns 20. Enter the beautiful Rachel, and ... See full summary »

Director:

Damian Harris

Writers:

Damian Harris, Martin Amis (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dexter Fletcher ... Charles Highway
Ione Skye ... Rachel Noyce
Jonathan Pryce ... Norman
James Spader ... Deforest
Bill Paterson ... Gordon Highway
Michael Gambon ... Doctor Knowd
Lesley Sharp ... Jenny
Jared Harris ... Geoff
Aubrey Morris ... Sir Herbert
Claire Skinner ... Gloria
Nicola Kimber Nicola Kimber ... Vanessa Reynolds
Shirley Anne Field ... Mrs. Seth Smith
Pat Keen Pat Keen ... Mrs. Tauber
Amanda De Cadenet ... Cathy
Gina McKee ... Evonne
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Storyline

Charles is in control of his life; he is about to finish 6th form college and start at Oxford. He is 19 and wants an 'older' woman before he turns 20. Enter the beautiful Rachel, and Charles puts his 'master-of-seduction' routines into top gear. Things however get complicated, Charles has a string of ex's and a weird brother-in-law. Rachel has a boyfriend named Deforest and Charles' father has a mistress. Written by Matthew Stanfield <mattst@cogs.susx.ac.uk>

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Taglines:

She's curious, he's nervous.

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 May 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Er? Will! Sie Nicht? See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$201,468

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$201,468
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Agfacolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Jared Harris and his brother Damian Harris work together on this film. Cast member Michael Gambon has shared two roles with their father Richard Harris: Inspector Jules Maigret and Professor Albus Dumbledore. See more »

Quotes

RachelNoyce: I thought I might as well make one of you happy.
Charles Highway: What, me?
RachelNoyce: If you still want me.
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Alternate Versions

The 2003 R1 DVD release features an extended version of the "Electric Moon" love scene which is more explicit than the version on the VHS release. See more »


Soundtracks

SIMPLE WORDS
Performed by Chris Difford (as Difford & Tilbrook) and Glenn Tilbrook (as Difford & Tilbrook)
Courtesy of A&M Records
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I'm glad that I finally saw it
10 March 1999 | by Tito-8See all my reviews

Despite being a little predictable at times, this solid little movie succeeds rather well. Both Fletcher and Skye give wonderful performances as the leads, and Pryce is fun every time he is on the screen. It has a good mix of comedy and drama, and at no point did any of the emotional turns seem out of place. I had been wanting to see this film for some ten years before finally seeing it tonight, and I am very pleased that I took the time to watch it.


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