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The Rose (1979)

R  |   |  Drama, Music, Romance  |  7 November 1979 (USA)
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The tragic life of a self-destructive female rock star who struggles to deal with the constant pressures of her career and the demands of her ruthless business manager.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rudge Campbell
Huston Dyer
Billy Ray
Barry Primus ...
Pfc. Mal
Sandra McCabe ...
Sarah Willingham
Will Hare ...
Mr. Leonard
Rudy Bond ...
Don Frank
Mrs. Foster
Sandy Ward ...
Mr. Foster, Rose's Father
Michael Greer ...
Kenny Sacha ...
Female Impersonator (as Claude Sacha)


Bette Midler plays The Rose, a female rock star strikingly similar to Janis Joplin. The film follows Rose's career during her last tour, as she's determined to return to her Florida hometown. Although a success, she's exhausted and lonely but continued working by her gruff and greedy manager. Through loud and brassy, Rose is an insecure alcoholic and former drug user who seems to crave approval in her life. She begins a romance with a limousine driver, who's actually an AWOL sergeant from the United States Army. Her rock and roll lifestyle of Drugs, Sex, and Rock and Roll and constant touring lead her to an inevitable breakdown. Written by R. John Berggren <>

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She gave and gave, until she had nothing left to give


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Release Date:

7 November 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Pearl  »

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$8,500,000 (estimated)


$29,200,000 (USA)

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This was the first of two American music movies in a year to feature the word "Rose" in the film's title, the picture was followed in 1980 by Honeysuckle Rose (1980). See more »


The Rose shoots up heroin in a phone booth, even though she has no water - a necessity for intravenous usage of a powdered narcotic. See more »


Rose: Where you going...? Where's everybody going...?
[she collapses onstage]
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Crazy Credits

Lyrics of "The Rose" are displayed at the end of the credit crawl, scrolling to the ending of the song. See more »


Referenced in Divine Madness (1980) See more »


When a Man Loves a Woman
Written by Calvin Lewis and Andrew Wright
Performed by Bette Midler
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An OSCAR worthy film and performance.
18 November 1999 | by (St. Louis, Missouri) – See all my reviews

The Rose is about a woman whose sole purpose in life was to give of herself completely. Protected from adult responsibilities by her manager, "Rose" dug further and further inside herself, alienating all those who loved her. With an adolescent attitude toward life, she indulged in every excess. The poignant scene in the phone booth, where she overdoses on a lethal combination of pain killers, heroin, and booze is certainly worthy of an Academy Award. We feel her pain, and we really believe we are seeing a woman in the last hour of her life. Killing herself before our eyes, yet we are helpless to stop her. We can't stop watching. The final scene, and the final song Rose sings, Stay With Me, is filmmaking at its best. It sums up her life, and the life of so many talented musicians (Kurt Cobane, Jim Morrison, etc). Rose was desperate to have someone, anyone, who was there just for her. Yet she pushed everyone away who truly cared about her. Bette Midler's passionate and inspired performances in concert footage is unforgettable. The Rose is one of the best movies ever made.

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