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The Rose (1979) Poster

(1979)

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The movie was originally entitled "Pearl", which was a biographical movie based on Janis Joplin's life. When approached with the script for "Pearl", Bette Midler believed it was too soon after Joplin's death to portray her life in a movie. Rewrites were then made, with Midler's guidance, that deleted some portions of the original script and embellished other parts of the story. Then the rewritten script was named "The Rose" and Midler agreed to the lead role.
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.
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The DVD sleeve notes outline a trivia item about the film's comparisons with Janis Joplin. It reads: "Bette Midler's fictional role bears striking similarities to Janis Joplin, who many say was the film's inspiration. Like Joplin, Midler's character performs while drinking Southern Comfort, she is called 'Rose' as Joplin was called 'Pearl' and she returns home to flaunt her success, just as Joplin showed up at her high school reunion".
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Loosely based on the life of Janis Joplin.
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When Rose (Bette Midler) asks Dyer (Frederic Forrest) where he came from, he says "Waxahachie, Texas", which is Frederic Forrest's real home town.
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Mark Rydell would only agree to direct if he could cast Bette Midler in the lead. Up to that time, Midler had only appeared in bit parts in films, and was known primarily as a nightclub singer.
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Bette Midler performed the film's soundtrack album, the title song track "The Rose" was one of the biggest selling vinyl singles of 1980.
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According to the book "The Academy Awards: The Complete Unofficial History", Bette Midler "nixed" parts in Rocky (1976), Nashville (1975) and Foul Play (1978) in order to play the lead character in this film which would make her "an instant screen icon".
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The post-premiere party was held at New York's Roseland Ballroom and featured three thousand roses, the 3000th being clenched in the teeth of Bette Midler.
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Ken Russell was offered the director's job but turned it down instead to direct Valentino (1977). Russell later said that this decision was the biggest mistake of his career.
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Start of the film, there was a photographer going to take a picture, you will see a picture of a little girl, it was Midler as a little girl when she was growing up in Hawaii
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Start of the film, there was shown a picture of a little girl, it was a picture of Bette Midler aged 4 to 5 years old in Hawaii
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Actors Bruce Dern and Nick Nolte turned down the lead role of rock promoter Rudge Campbell which in the end went to Alan Bates.
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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)_.)
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Actress Bette Midler played another Rose-named character, Mama Rose in the remake of the classic Gypsy (1993), the name being similar to 'The Rose' / Mary Rose Foster in this movie. Midler was first touted to appear in Gypsy (1993) 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 (1979) and the public's reaction to it.
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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).
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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).
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One of five of films directed by Mark Rydell which have a title prefixed by the word "The". The films are: The Fox (1967), The Rose (1979), The River (1984), The Reivers_ and _The Cowboys (1972).
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