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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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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)  »

Also Known As:

Der Rosenkrieg  »

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$83,699,711 (USA)
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Trivia

The amount of time that the Roses, Oliver Rose (Michael Douglas) and Barbara Rose (Kathleen Turner), had been married was seventeen years. See more »

Goofs

When Barbara cartwheels down the stairs, the stairs are clearly flat, slanting downwards, making it easier for the stunt performer to perform the cartwheels. Additionally, they are standing on a curved staircase, but the stairs on which the stunt person does the cartwheels appear to be perfectly straight. 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 Saturday Night Live: Kathleen Turner/Billy Joel (1989) See more »

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We Wish You a Merry Christmas
Arranged by Sam Pottle
Performed by Sesame Street Cast
Courtesy of Children's Television Workshop
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Delightful.
7 June 2000 | by See all my reviews

A very good movie, one that holds up well after repeated viewings. Even if you're familiar with the story, DeVito's methodical and precise direction makes it thoroughly absorbing all over again. This movie has the directorial perfection of a good Alfred Hitchcock thriller, but it's not either a thriller or a comedy; it's a unique mix of elements from several genres, that does contain some laughs and sardonic humor, but also has serious undertones, mostly thanks to Michael Douglas' three-dimensional character and surprisingly sensitive performance. Strongly recommended.


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