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Divine Madness
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Release Date:
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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Quite shocking for its time See more (6 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 cover of the live recording soundtrack taken from this concert movie features Bette Midler pictured as part of the Mount Rushmore monument. Moreover, Midler is seen on one of the movie posters as a mermaid (Delores DeLago).See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Chapel of LoveSee more »

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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Quite shocking for its time, 10 January 2008
Author: Wayne Malin (wwaayynnee51@hotmail.com) from United States

Film version of a Bette Midler stage show. After the huge hit movie "The Rose" Hollywood figured that America was ready to see Bette Midler uncensored on stage. Well--they weren't. Film critics were horrified and/or found the film way too stagy. Also it was made VERY clear that the jokes were really extreme and vulgar. This movie pretty much bombed. But come on! What where they expecting? "The Rose" wasn't exactly PG material. I'm a Bette Midler fan myself but I wasn't too impressed with this. When she's joking it's absolutely hysterical and she does some great songs ("Shiver Me Timbers", "The Rose", "Going to the Chapel") and the stage show is very elaborate. But you never forget you're watching a stage show and uninspired direction doesn't help. Also Midler (unwisely) does some rock'n'roll towards the end which just doesn't work. There are some obvious cuts in the performance too. Still, it has plenty of good moments and doesn't overstay it's welcome. Bette Midler fans will want to check this out. All others--use your own judgment.

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