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The War of the Roses (1989)

 -  Comedy  -  8 December 1989 (USA)
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A married couple try everything to get each other to leave the house in a vicious divorce battle.

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The Roses, Barbara and Oliver, live happily as a married couple. Then she starts to wonder what life would be like without Oliver, and likes what she sees. Both want to stay in the house, and so they begin a campaign to force each other to leave. In the middle of the fighting is D'Amato, the divorce lawyer. He gets to see how far both will go to get rid of the other, and boy do they go far.. Written by Rob Hartill

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Once in a lifetime comes a motion picture that makes you feel like falling in love all over again. This is not that movie.

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8 December 1989 (USA)  »

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Der Rosenkrieg  »

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$83,699,711 (USA)
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The name of the character of Jonathan Rose from Warren Adler's source novel "The War of the Roses" was changed to Oliver Rose (played by Michael Douglas) for this feature film adaptation. See more »

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When Benny (the dog) greets Oliver as he is coming out of the sauna, we hear Benny barking, however we see him licking Oliver. See more »

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[first lines]
Gavin: [Gavin is talking to a client] You have some valid reasons for wanting a divorce.
[blows his nose with a handkerchief]
Gavin: Excuse me. My sinuses are very sensitive to irritants.
[sprays nasal decongestant up his nostrils]
Gavin: In the past five months, I think I've breathed freely with both sides working maybe a week total.
[pulls a cigarette out of a pack]
Gavin: I gotta cut this out. It's gonna kill me.
[lights his cigarette]
Gavin: I hadn't smoked for thirteen years. I kept the last cigarette from my last ...
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A deliciously black comedy from three superstars at the height of their powers. Michael Douglas may have actually got better as he's got older, but in 1989 he and co-star Kathleen Turner were hot off romancing stones, and they are ideal in this best-ever directorial effort from DeVito.


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