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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Billy Ray
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Sarah Willingham
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Mr. Leonard
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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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She gave and gave, until she had nothing left to give

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$8,500,000 (estimated)

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$29,200,000 (USA)
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Bette Midler's earlier film "The Thorn" [aka The Thorn (1971)] has associations with "The Rose" as rose bushes are thorny stemmed plants. "The Thorn" was made five years before "The Rose". Midler's 1974 film "Divine Mr. M" resurfaced in theatrical releases and on home-video during the early 1980s under its original title of "The Thorn" in an attempt to cash in on the box-office success of The Rose (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 »

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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.
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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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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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Referenced in I'm the One That I Want (2000) See more »

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Midnight in Memphis
Written by Tony Johnson
Performed by Bette Midler
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Do not miss this film! A masterpiece in disguise!
3 August 2002 | by (Southern California) – See all my reviews

Bette Midler IS the Rose! There are not too many films out there in which the viewer forgets their watching a movie - this is one of them. Watching The Rose is almost like snooping on someone's personal life... you know you shouldn't but you can't believe what's being revealed to you right before your eyes! Bette Midler is simply "divine" and completely believable as the worn-out, alcohol-abusing rock star who is in dire need of love and a break but continues to please her audience - and her ruthless, money hungry manager. After kicking a bad drug habit we watch her throughout the movie slowly, little by little, sink back down to the bottom. You root for her throughout hoping she just runs away from the rock and roll life that's slowly killing her but she seems to need it as much as it needs her. In the end it devours her and we're left wondering "why". This film changed my life when I was a teenager with a rock 'n' roll dream. Bette Midler pours her heart and soul into this film, and it shows in every frame. Combine that with an awesome sound track, breathtaking full length song performances and an over-the-edge personality and you have one heck of a film here!


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