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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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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Warren Adler (novel)
Michael Leeson (screenplay)
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Release Date:
8 December 1989 (USA) See more »
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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.
Plot:
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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Awards:
Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 2 wins & 6 nominations See more »
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when love goes the route of attempted murder See more (102 total) »


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Also Known As:
"War of the Roses" - International (English title) (informal short title)
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116 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
The title of both this film and its source novel, "The War of the Roses", references the real life "Wars of the Roses" which were, according to Wikipedia, "a series of dynastic wars fought between supporters of two rival branches of the royal House of Plantagenet: the houses of Lancaster and York (whose heraldic symbols were the red and the white rose, respectively) for the throne of England".See more »
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Revealing mistakes: When the 2 wires come loose letting the chandelier fall, they're shown wired directly to the fuse box without a switch - no way to control the electricity.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 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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Soundtrack:
Only You (And You Alone)See more »

20 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
when love goes the route of attempted murder, 15 June 2005
Author: blanche-2 from United States

You know a movie is funny when you're by yourself and laughing out loud. This is a hilarious saga of a divorcing couple, both of whom refuse to leave their house. "The gloves are off," Michael Douglas announces to wife Kathleen Turner, although for the viewer, they had been off for some time. Both stop at nothing to drive the other out.

It's a strange film in a way because it starts out as a love story and slowly builds, as little signs that all is not well in paradise begin to emerge. Once the ugliness starts, there's no stopping it, and the film rapidly becomes a very black comedy.

Turner and Douglas receive able support from a very funny Danny Devito, who also directed, and the wonderful Marianne Sagebrecht, who provides a gentle presence amidst the chaos.

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