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Bette Midler plays "Rose", an artist strikingly similar to Janis Joplin. The film follows Rose's career during her last tour. Her rock and roll lifestyle of Drugs, Sex, and Rock and Roll and constant touring lead her to an inevitable breakdown. Written by
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Actress Bette Midler played another Rose-named character, Mama Rose in the remake of the classic Gypsy, the name being similar to 'The Rose' / Mary Rose Foster in this movie. Midler was first touted to appear in Gypsy as early as 1980 when this film was in post-production and Midler reportedly held off signing until after she had seen the final cut of The Rose and the public's reaction to it. See more »
When Kris is invited to Barbara's place and while they are talking at a kitchen table, the wine cork constantly jumps from atop the bottle back down to the table as the scene unfolds. See more »
Where you going...? Where's everybody going...?
[she collapses onstage]
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Lyrics of "The Rose" are displayed at the end of the credit crawl, scrolling to the ending of the song. See more »
I'm no fan of Bette Midler, but I was mighty impressed by her first starring role in "The Rose". The Divine Miss M plays Rose, a Janis Joplin-type, living her last days in a sea of sex, booze, and drugs. The movie shows painfully and slowly how her life goes completely out of control, while her friends and management are helpless.
Midler, unlike the unbearably long line of singers/rappers/divas/bubblegum pop stars who have done acting, can do both and dominate. Midler's Oscar-nominated performance is awesome, and her singing voice is superb as she belts out the songs with panache. If you want to see her do something else besides the endless comedies she does, check this one out.
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