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The War of the Roses -- In this blackest of comedies, a perfect 18-year marriage suddenly becomes unglued and the gleefully evil Barbara (Kathleen Turner) and Oliver (Michael Douglas) Rose single-mindedly inflict as much misery as possible on each other. Rather than just get divorced, they declare war, fighting to the bitter end over their huge mansion and every possession in it.
The War of the Roses -- A married couple try everything to get each other to leave the house in a vicious divorce battle.


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Writers (WGA):
Warren Adler (novel)
Michael Leeson (screenplay)
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Release Date:
8 December 1989 (USA) See more »
Once in a lifetime comes a motion picture that makes you feel like falling in love all over again. This is not that movie.
A married couple try everything to get each other to leave the house in a vicious divorce battle. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 2 wins & 6 nominations See more »
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Directed by
Danny DeVito 
Writing credits
Warren Adler (novel)

Michael Leeson (screenplay)

Produced by
James L. Brooks .... producer
Doug Claybourne .... executive producer
Michael Leeson .... co-producer
Arnon Milchan .... producer
J. Marina Muhlfriedel .... associate producer
Polly Platt .... executive producer
Original Music by
David Newman 
Cinematography by
Stephen H. Burum (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Lynzee Klingman 
Casting by
David Rubin 
Production Design by
Ida Random 
Art Direction by
Mark W. Mansbridge  (as Mark Mansbridge)
Set Decoration by
Anne D. McCulley  (as Anne McCulley)
Costume Design by
Gloria Gresham 
Makeup Department
Stephen Abrums .... makeup supervisor
Kathryn Blondell .... key hair stylist (as Kathy Blondell)
John M. Elliott Jr. .... makeup artist (as John Elliott)
Bunny Parker .... additional hair stylist (as Bernadette Parker-Adamson)
Gina Rylander .... body makeup
Audrey L. Anzures .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Production Management
Robert Latham Brown .... unit production manager
Richard Sakai .... executive in charge of production: Gracie Films
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Matt Bearson .... second assistant director
Jeffrey M. Ellis .... second assistant director
Lynda Gilman .... second second assistant director: Washington
Thomas Lofaro .... first assistant director
Robert Rooy .... first assistant director: second unit, Philadelphia
Paul F. Schlichting .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Robert A. Blackburn .... supervising foreman (as Bob Blackburn)
Roger C. Burford III .... location prop foreman (as Roger Burford)
Oscar Delgadillo .... swing gang
Stacy Doran .... swing gang
Chuck Eskridge .... set painter
Mark Fabus .... set designer
Perry Gray .... set designer
Kirk D. Hansen .... paint foreman (as Kirk Hansen)
David Harris .... greensman
Kenneth Heil .... swing gang (as Kenny Heil)
Mentor Huebner .... painter: water color paintings in Gavin D'Amato's office
Sherman Labby .... sketch artist
Bob Laux .... labor foreman
Robert B. Lindsay .... propmaker foreman (as Bob Lindsay)
Suzanne Caplan Merwanji .... painter: selected original paintings (as Suzanne Caplan)
Craig Nycz .... location painter
Bob Riggs .... leadman: Washington (as Robert Riggs)
Paul Rylander .... assistant property master
Stephanie Sandston .... art coordinator
Mike Seefus .... labor foreman
Terry Shugrue .... second assistant props
Stan Tropp .... set designer
Butch West .... supervising foreman
Kenneth L. Westcott .... leadman (as Kenny Westcott)
Steven Westlund .... property master (as Steve Westlund)
Steven Braund .... property maker (uncredited)
Robert Misetich .... set paint foreman (uncredited)
Sound Department
Christopher E. Bennett .... apprentice sound editor
Bill W. Benton .... sound re-recording mixer
John Brilhante .... sound recordist (as John W. Brilhante)
Clayton Collins .... sound effects editor
Don Coufal .... boom operator
Valerie Davidson .... assistant sound editor
John Duvall .... foley editor
Gary Gegan .... foley mixer
Sarah Goldsmith .... dialogue editor (as Sarah Rothenberg)
Laura Graham .... assistant sound editor
Douglas Greenfield .... consultant: Dolby
Hilda Hodges .... foley walker
Matthew Iadarola .... sound re-recording mixer
John Keating .... sound transfer
Kerie Kimbrell .... assistant sound editor
Michael J. Kohut .... sound re-recording mixer
Elliott Koretz .... dialogue editor
Michael Magill .... dialogue editor
Randy McDonald .... cable person
Chuck Michael .... foley editor
Jeanine Schaack .... apprentice sound editor
Dan Sharp .... sound recordist (as Daniel Sharp)
Leslie Shatz .... sound re-recording mixer
Leslie Shatz .... supervising sound editor
Rachel Shaw .... first assistant sound editor
Mary Ann Skweres .... assistant sound editor (as Maryann Skweres)
Alicia Stevenson .... foley walker
David E. Stone .... sound effects editor (as Dave Stone)
Renee Tondelli .... assistant sound editor (as Renée Tondelli)
Jennifer L. Ware .... assistant sound editor (as Jennifer Ware)
Jeff Wexler .... sound mixer
Marian Wilde .... foley supervisor
Marty Church .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Marty Church .... foley mixer (uncredited)
Bill Rojas .... sound facility supervisor (uncredited)
Renee Tondelli .... adr supervisor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Lyle Carolus .... special effects technician
John Frazier .... special effects supervisor
Rocky Gehr .... special effects technician
Richard L. Hill .... special effects technician (as Richard Hill)
Francis Pennington .... special effects technician
Paul Ryan .... special effects technician
Harold Selig .... special effects technician (as Hal Selig)
David Wischnack .... special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Donald Hansard Sr. .... process projection coordinator (as Donald Hansard)
Don Hansard .... process engineer (as Donald Hansard Jr.)
Robert Hansard .... process gang boss (as Robert C. Hansard)
M. James Arnett .... stunt person (as Jim Arnett)
Janet Brady .... stunt person
Richard Drown .... stunt person
Marcia Holley .... stunt person
Tracy Keehn-Dashnaw .... stunt person (as Tracy Keehn)
Patricia M. Peters .... stunt person (as Trisha Peters)
Chuck Picerni Jr. .... stunt person
Michael Runyard .... stunt coordinator (as Mike Runyard)
Cris Thomas-Palomino .... stunt person (as Cris Palomino)
Sammy Thurman .... stunt person
Scott Wilder .... stunt person
Jon H. Epstein .... stunts (uncredited)
Lane Leavitt .... stunts (uncredited)
Keith Tellez .... utility stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Bob Apger .... second assistant camera
Norman Ash .... lamp operator
Alan S. Blauvelt .... assistant camera (as Alan Blauvelt)
Dustin Blauvelt .... camera operator
Neil S. Buckhantz .... video assist operator (as Neil Buckhantz)
Doug Cook .... best boy
James B. Crawford .... lamp operator (as James Crawford)
Robert Dalva .... director of photography: second unit, Philadelphia
Glen Davis .... dolly grip (as Glenn Davis)
François Duhamel .... still photographer (as Francois Duhamel)
George Dye .... additional assistant camera
Brad Edmiston .... panaglide assistant
Rick Favazzo .... crane technician: Louma crane (as Richard Favazzo)
Domenic Giorgio .... grip
Jimmy Godber .... lamp operator (as James Godber)
Kim Guthrie .... additional assistant camera
Clyde Hart .... key grip
David Hennings .... crane technician: Louma crane
Steven C. Hodge .... lamp operator (as Steve Hodge)
Casey Jones .... grip
Alfred E. Kalous .... lamp operator (as Alfred Kalous)
Michael Laws .... best boy
Joe R. Marquette Jr. .... additional camera operator (as Joseph R. Marquette Jr.)
Charles L. Morgan .... best boy (as Charles Morgan)
Toby Phillips .... panaglide operator
Alex Skvorzov .... gaffer
Frank Tobin .... best boy
Rhett Wooden .... grip
Rick Fee .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
David Wayne .... still photographer (uncredited)
Scott C. Williman .... lamp operator (uncredited)
Casting Department
Lisa Beach .... casting assistant
Debra Zane .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Oda Groeschel .... key costumer: women
Janis Mekaelian .... costumer: women
G. Tony Scarano .... key costumer: men
Editorial Department
Reid Burns .... color timer
Gary Burritt .... negative cutter
John Ganem .... assistant editor
Lawrence Jordan .... associate editor
L. James Langlois .... apprentice editor (as Jim Langlois)
Maria Lee Silver .... assistant editor (as Maria Silver)
Matthew Peerce .... apprentice editor
Kelly J. Quinn .... assistant editor
Nicole Shugrue .... second assistant editor
Nicholas C. Smith .... additional editor
Location Management
Vicky Berglund-Davenport .... location manager: Washington (as Vicky Berglund)
Taman McCall .... location manager
Errol Reichow .... assistant location manager
Music Department
Tom Boyd .... oboe soloist
Tim Boyle .... scoring mixer
Maria Newman .... musician
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn
Jamey Turner .... musician: musical glass performance
Tom Villano .... music editor: Segue Music
Sandy DeCrescent .... orchestra contractor (uncredited)
Steven L. Smith .... music preparation (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Ken Bellanca .... transportation co-captain (as Kenny Bellanca)
James C. Taylor .... transportation coordinator
Skip Wilson .... transportation captain
Gina August .... driver (uncredited)
James Nordberg .... transportation (uncredited)
Other crew
Elaine Bass .... title sequence
Saul Bass .... title sequence
Jed Blaugrund .... production intern
Diane Brooks .... senior production associate
Thomas R. Burman .... body double creator: Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner
Paul A. Calabria .... animal trainer (as Paul Calabria)
Ruth Cameron .... dialogue coach: Ms. Sägebrecht
Carol T. Carr .... assistant: Mr. Milchan (as Carol Carr)
Mary Courtney .... production coordinator
Wendy Davies .... stand-in
Bari Dreiband-Burman .... body double creator: Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner
Charles R. Eulo Jr. .... production assistant (as Charlie Eulo)
Leigh French .... group adr coordinator
Wilma Garscadden-Gahret .... script supervisor
Jane Hamsher .... production assistant
Don Henry .... production auditor
Peter E. Jackson .... production assistant (as Peter Jackson)
David Klein .... production assistant
Robinson Kurth .... accounting assistant
Cindy Lasher .... nurse
Jane LeGate .... production intern
Patty MacDonald .... executive assistant: James L. Brooks
Wm. Barclay Malcolm .... assistant: Mr. DeVito
Karin McElhatton .... head animal trainer: Studio Animal Services (as Karen Dew)
Rob McEntegart .... production legal
Carol Miyaoka .... production assistant
Heather Murphy .... production secretary: Washington (as Heather Terzieff)
Jeffrey A. Okun .... title coordinator (as Jeffrey Okun)
Linda Parker .... assistant: Mr. Leeson
Mark Reilly .... stand-in
Lana Repp-Lewis .... assistant: Mr. Sakai
David Ian Salter .... production intern (as David Salter)
Fred Scialla .... stand-in
Jill Simpson .... special assistant to producers
Shauna Skidmore .... animal trainer (as Seana Skidmore)
Melissa Smith .... director of operations
Paul Sullivan .... assistant auditor
Mark Suveg .... craft service
Julie Offer .... location projectionist (uncredited)
Paul Rahmes .... personal assistant to Michael Douglas (uncredited)
Paul Rahmes .... personal assistant to director (uncredited)
Gary F. Spradling .... production assistant and intern (uncredited)
Clayton Brown .... the producers wish to thank: Amtrak
David Davis .... the producers wish to thank
Peter DePalma .... the producers wish to thank
William Goldman .... the producers wish to thank
Nikki Allyn Grosso .... the producers wish to thank
Harvey Miller .... the producers wish to thank
Christine Rogers .... the producers wish to thank
Ed. Weinberger .... the producers wish to thank
Remus Yazoo .... the producers wish to thank

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Also Known As:
"War of the Roses" - International (English title) (informal short title)
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116 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Of the three movies that Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner and Danny DeVito have made altogether as actors in the same film, this picture is the only one which was not part of the Jack Colton-Joan Wilder series represented by the two film franchise of Romancing the Stone (1984) and The Jewel of the Nile (1985). Moreover, of the three films, The War of the Roses (1989) is the only one that DeVito directed. All three pictures were however all made and produced by the 20th Century Fox film studio.See more »
Audio/visual unsynchronized: 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 »
[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 pack. I said if I never smoked this one cigarette I'll never smoke again, period. Thirteen years I kept that cigarette.
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Delicious, 14 January 2004
Author: R_O_U_S from United Kingdom

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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