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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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Storyline

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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Third and final [to date, September 2013] of three collaborations of all the three lead cast together in the one movie, they being Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner and Danny DeVito. DeVito and Turner also both appeared in The Virgin Suicides (1999) whilst DeVito appeared in both of the Douglas produced The Rainmaker (1997) and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975). Douglas and DeVito also both starred in Solitary Man (2009). See more »

Goofs

During the dinner party scene, Oliver and Barbara are in the kitchen. After Oliver says, "You're not equipped to, honey", there is a close-up on Barbara in which a roll of paper towels is visible on the wall. Then there is a cut to a wider shot, and the length of towel hanging from the roll has changed. See more »

Quotes

[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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Referenced in Supernatural: Shut Up, Dr. Phil (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

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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14 January 2004 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

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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