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The Rose (1979)

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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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »
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Rudge Campbell
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Huston Dyer
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Billy Ray
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Dennis
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PFC Mal
Sandra McCabe ...
Sarah Willingham
Will Hare ...
Mr. Leonard
Rudy Bond ...
Monty
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Don Frank
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Mrs. Foster
Sandy Ward ...
Mr. Foster, Rose's Father
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Kenny Sacha ...
Female Impersonator (as Claude Sacha)
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Storyline

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. Though 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 <jberg@nina.pagesz.net>

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Drama | Music | Romance

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7 November 1979 (USA)  »

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Pearl  »

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$8,500,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$29,200,000 (USA)
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Trivia

Mal is seen applauding Rose from the wings during her singing of Stay With Me Baby, though it wasn't in the script. David Keith simply spontaneously applauded Bette Midler's heart-wrenching performance. Director Mark Rydell felt it was a good touch and decided to include the scene. See more »

Goofs

The car phone has a rotary dial, but when Rose makes a call, the soundtrack sounds like a touch tone phone. See more »

Quotes

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 »

Connections

References What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

I've Written a Letter to Daddy
Music and Lyrics by Larry Vincent, Henry Tobias, Moe Jaffe
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Awesome!
4 October 2001 | by See all my reviews

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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