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Divine Madness
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28 November 1980 (Australia) See more »
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Bette Midler is Divine Madness See more »
Plot:
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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Golden Globe. See more »
NewsDesk:
(4 articles)
Top Ten Awesome People, 1980 Vintage
 (From FilmExperience. 24 September 2013, 5:26 PM, PDT)

Bette Midler auctioning stage costumes for charity
 (From Digital Spy - Movie News. 19 October 2011, 8:17 AM, PDT)

Top Ten Tuesday: Best Music/Band Documentaries
 (From WeAreMovieGeeks.com. 10 February 2011, 7:48 PM, PST)

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Bette at her very best! See more (7 total) »

Cast

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Bette Midler ... 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

Randy Kerber ... Band Vocals

Directed by
Michael Ritchie 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jerry Blatt 
Bette Midler 
Bruce Vilanch 

Cinematography by
William A. Fraker 
 
Costume Design by
Dorothy Baca 
Robert De Mora 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John T. Kretchmer .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
James Ledner .... music mixing assistant
Steve Maslow .... sound re-recording mixer
Robert Nichols II .... sound recordist
Elliot Tyson .... sound re-recording mixer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Eric D. Andersen .... additional camera operator
William C. Bohny .... additional camera operator
Bobby Byrne .... director of photography: additional photography
Ray De La Motte .... camera operator
John Donnelly .... key grip
Donald Glenn .... best boy grip
Garret Graham .... additional camera operator
John A. Hawn .... best boy
Horace Jordan .... first assistant camera
Robert D. McBride .... camera operator
Margaret Miller .... additional assistant cameraman
Scott Miller .... principal photographer
Victor Nikaido .... additional assistant cameraman
Barry Oiffer .... additional assistant cameraman
Kenneth Peach Jr. .... additional camera operator
Steve Peterson .... assistant camera
Robert Porcello .... additional assistant cameraman
Arnold L. Rich .... additional camera operator
Robert Seaman .... camera operator
Glenn K. Shimada .... additional assistant cameraman
Michael St. Hilaire .... additional camera operator
Ted T. Sugura .... additional assistant cameraman
Richard Turner .... additional assistant cameraman
Joseph F. Valentine .... additional camera operator
Ron Vargas .... assistant camera
Byron White .... gaffer
Rick Fee .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dorothy Baca .... assistant costume designer
 
Other crew
Rick Kelly .... band crew chief
Mike Sudrow .... production assistant
Mike Tiano .... guitar technician
Julia Tucker .... script supervisor
 

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Also Known As:
"Bette Midler Is Divine Madness" - Canada (English title) (festival title)
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Runtime:
95 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Dolby (35 mm prints)

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Trivia:
The Delores DeLago mermaid character played by Bette Midler was affectionately dubbed "The Toast of Chicago".See more »
Movie Connections:
References "The $64,000 Question" (1955)See more »
Soundtrack:
Summer (The First Time)See more »

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Bette at her very best!, 14 May 2015
Author: kevjfarrell from Minnesota, United States

This is Bette Midler in her heyday!!! Her live performances were legendary in the business. Word of mouth made her shows sell-outs rather than the material she performed. No offense to Bette, but she's not the greatest singer, but she is undoubtedly one of the greatest entertainers! Think Cher, Ross, Tina - she's a bit of each, but certainly no copycat. She does her own thing!!! She's a great comedienne - as time has proved with her movie career. She has superb comedic timing!!! She does a lot of cover versions in her live shows, but she gives them her unique style. Watch her legendary Dolores DeLago routine in this - it's so tasteless it's brilliant!!!! The highlights for me were Paradise which starts out as a ballad and ends up as a punk rock anthem!!! Do You Wanna Dance is superbly acted out. And her semi-punk version of Leader Of The Pack is outstanding. Her backing singers - The Harlettes (featuring Jocelyn Brown) do a fantastic job of adding to the visual spectacle of this show. Her version of the Stones 'You Can't Always Get What You Want' is just terrific. The show was choreographed by the legendary Tony Basil who has worked with some of the top Divas in the business. She deserves a lot of credit for this show!!! As good as it is on film, I would have paid mega bucks to be there in the theater to see it live!! I heard Bette interviewed on TV one time and she admitted that she got the idea of The Harlettes after seeing Tina Turner with The Ikettes many years before. She laughed as she recalled that she had never seen three nastier looking girls with Tina. But she said that with total respect. She said she was in awe of their live show! If you are offended by near the knuckle jokes, you better fast forward the comedy bits. I loved it!

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