In 1980, the head usher at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium gives his crew a pep talk: he wants tonight's "Betty Midler" show to go smoothly. He's a little worried about risque language, ... See full summary »

Director:

Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Gypsy (TV Movie 1993)
Biography | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Based on the autobiography of Gypsy Rose Lee, this made-for-TV movie-previously a Broadway smash and a 1962 film-depicts the life and times of a stripper and her domineering mother.

Director: Emile Ardolino
Stars: Bette Midler, Peter Riegert, Cynthia Gibb
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
Director: Marty Callner
Stars: Bette Midler, Bobby Lyle, Buzz Feiten
The Rose (1979)
Drama | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

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.

Director: Mark Rydell
Stars: Bette Midler, Alan Bates, Frederic Forrest
Smile (1975)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

It's time again for California's "Young American Miss" beauty pageant, the biggest event of the year for Big Bob Freelander and Brenda DiCarlo, who give their all to put on a successful ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Ritchie
Stars: Bruce Dern, Barbara Feldon, Michael Kidd
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Lauren and Sandy are total opposites who end up in the same acting class and who don't know they are sharing a lover. When he disappears under mysterious circumstances they refuse to ... See full summary »

Director: Arthur Hiller
Stars: Shelley Long, Bette Midler, Peter Coyote
Stella (1990)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Stella is determined, courageous, vulgar, unfashionable...and all her daughter has. Through the trials of teenagehood, to the problems of adulthood, Stella will do anything for Jenny...... See full summary »

Director: John Erman
Stars: Bette Midler, John Goodman, Trini Alvarado
For the Boys (1991)
Comedy | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

With the help of the singer and dancer Dixie Leonhard US-Entertainer Eddie Sparks wants to bring some fun to the soldiers during World War II. Becoming a perfect team they tour from North ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Rydell
Stars: Bette Midler, James Caan, George Segal
Beaches (1988)
Comedy | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A privileged rich debutante and a cynical struggling entertainer share a turbulent, but strong childhood friendship over the years.

Director: Garry Marshall
Stars: Bette Midler, Barbara Hershey, John Heard
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A rich but troubled family find their lives altered by the arrival of a vagrant who tries to drown himself in their swimming pool.

Director: Paul Mazursky
Stars: Nick Nolte, Bette Midler, Richard Dreyfuss
Big Business (1988)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

In the 1940s in the small town of Jupiter Hollow, two sets of identical twins are born in the same hospital on the same night. One set to a poor local family and the other to a rich family ... See full summary »

Director: Jim Abrahams
Stars: Bette Midler, Lily Tomlin, Fred Ward
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A bride's divorced parents find their old feelings for each other during the wedding reception and over the course of the next few days upsetting the newlywed's honeymoon.

Director: Carl Reiner
Stars: Bette Midler, Dennis Farina, Paula Marshall
The Star (1952)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A washed-up movie queen finds romance, but still desires a comeback.

Director: Stuart Heisler
Stars: Bette Davis, Sterling Hayden, Natalie Wood
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Herself / The Divine Miss M
Jocelyn Brown ...
The Harlettes
Ula Hedwig ...
The Harlettes
Diva Gray ...
The Harlettes
Irving Sudrow ...
Head Usher
Tony Berg ...
Band Vocals
Jon Bonine ...
Band Vocals
Joey Carbone ...
Band Vocals
...
Band Vocals
Edit

Storyline

In 1980, the head usher at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium gives his crew a pep talk: he wants tonight's "Betty Midler" show to go smoothly. He's a little worried about risque language, Liberace recently gave him a scare. Then, boom, there she is, with her backup trio, "The Harlettes," going from rock to ballad to medley, from "Big Noise From Winnetka" to "I Shall Be Released." It's a concentration of camp: she imitates Sophie Tucker, she's mermaid Dolores Delago, and between every song, it's non-stop movement and lots of raunchy patter. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

crude humor | concert film | See All (2) »

Taglines:

A national treasure chest See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

26 September 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Divina Loucura  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(70 mm prints)| (35 mm prints)

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

First feature film made by production house The Ladd Company. See more »

Connections

References The $64,000 Question (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

Ready to Begin Again
/ "Do You Want to Dance"
Written by Jerry Lieber (as Lieber) and Mike Stoller (as Stoller) / Bobby Freeman
Performed by Bette Midler
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
fond memories
4 February 2005 | by (Santa Susana, Portugal) – See all my reviews

Yes I was a very naughty girl to watch this at age 12 - but come on, it was on network television where I lived and starting at 10 pm...

I fell in love with her here. Her comedy flare, her emotional rendering of some songs, her sheer mad-rock ones of others. It made me want to see "The Rose" (which I did) sing "Shiver Me Timbers" all day long and expect ever grander things from her Live (which eventually I got). She seems to exude so much emotion one minute, then so much raunchy humor the other. I just loved the fact that the concert/performance was introduced the way it was. And her hairdo has never quite been the same again, has it? Though myself, ultimate 80s girl-fashion victim went to the altar of sacrifice in that respect, too - just because on top of everything she did so damned well, she just looked so gorgeous.

Perfect intro to her many talents!


10 of 10 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Bette pointer165
Discuss Divine Madness (1980) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?