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(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.
Bette Midler performed the film's soundtrack album, the title song track "The Rose" was one of the biggest selling vinyl singles of 1980.
Loosely based on the life of Janis Joplin.
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".
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.
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".
When Rose asks Dyer where he came from, he says "Waxahachie, Texas", which is Frederic Forrest's real home town.
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.
Mark Rydell would only agree to direct if he could cast Bette Midler in the lead. Before that, Midler had only appeared in bit parts, and was known primarily as a nightclub singer.
At the start of the film, a photographer takes a picture of a little girl. The resulting photo is of Midler as a little girl, growing up in Hawaii.
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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.
The print Cinemax just ran was 135 minutes.
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The original home video release was separated into 2 parts. VHS could only hold 2 hours of videotape at the time, and the alternative would have been to edit the film further.
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Bruce Dern and Nick Nolte turned down the lead role of rock promoter Rudge Campbell.
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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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Features Frederic Forrest's only Oscar nominated performance.
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