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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)  »

Also Known As:

Der Rosenkrieg  »

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$83,699,711 (USA)
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Warren Adler, author of the film's 1981 source novel "The War of the Roses", about fifteen years after this pictured debuted, wrote a sequel called "The Children of the Roses", which was first published in 2004, but (to date, September 2013) this book has never been filmed. See more »

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In the final scene in the chandelier, Barbara goes from being barefoot, to shod, back to barefoot again. 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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Only You (And You Alone)
Written by Buck Ram and Ande Rand
Performed by The Platters
Courtesy of PolyGram Special Projects a division of
PolyGram Records, Inc.
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not your typical Hollywood yukfest
2 June 1999 | by See all my reviews

Director Danny Devito and the writers are to be credited for following this story's dark premise straight to its grim conclusion, and not opting for a cop-out 'happy ending'. Maybe that accounts for the movie's relatively low user rating. Whatever. Turner and Douglas are superb here. I saw Douglas on the Carson show after the movie came out, relating how, after a day's shoot, he and Turner would get together to remind each other that they were still friends. Seeing the movie shows why they had to do this. Note how the movie begins in the openness and light of Nantucket in summer and gets progressively darker, ending in the claustrophobic closeness of the nailed-up house. A classic black comedy for grownups. Don't watch this one with your spouse unless you are on really good terms.


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