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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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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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Sam
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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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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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$8,500,000 (estimated)

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$29,200,000 (USA)
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When originally issued on Home Video by the Magnetic Video corporation, the film was separated into 2 parts, as VHS could only hold 2 hours of videotape at the time and the alternative would have been to time compress it. (See also _Superman (1979)_.) See more »

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When Rose's airplane lands for her St. Louis show, the airport is surrounded by mountains. See more »

Quotes

Rose: Ain't it just grand layin' there late at night in your bed, waitin' for your man to show up? And when he finally does, at oh about 4 o'clock in the mornin', with whiskey on his breath, and the smell of another woman on his person... Oh honey, I can smell another woman at 500 paces. That's a easy one to catch.
[crowd gets really noisy]
Rose: Oh, the women are getting nasty. So what do you do when he comes home with the smell of another woman on him? Do you say, "Oh honey, let me open up my loving arms ...
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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 »


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Camellia
Written by Steve Hunter (as Stephen Hunter)
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Haunting and bleak magnificently acted film
26 May 2001 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

Loosely based upon the life of Janis Joplin and her struggles with fame and drugs, the Rose stays with the viewer long after the final fadeout. Acting tour-de-forces are manifest everywhere, and although virtually the entire supporting cast brings a Broadway-style truth and urgency that make thus excellent.


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