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The War of the Roses (1989) Poster

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While shooting the scene where Michael Douglas (Oliver Rose) and Kathleen Turner (Barbara Rose) are sitting in the chandelier, director Danny DeVito pretended to break for lunch while the two actors were 30 feet above ground.
One of the film's main trailers featured a sing-a-long jingle that summarized the movie's story-line by spoofing the lyrics to the classic 1780 English Christmas carol "The Twelve Days of Christmas". The words to the song said: "In the War of the Roses my true love gave to me, twelve traps a flying, lots of orchids dying, piles of statues breaking, all the walls a shaking, lots of flying chairs, tumbling down the stairs, five broken teeth, four fractured bones, three cracked ribs, two wrecked cars, and a puppy in a pâté. Woof." The line about orchids refers to a scene that was deleted from the film, but can be seen in the DVD extras.
Oliver Rose (Michael Douglas) cuts the heels off his wife's (Kathleen Turner) shoes. In Romancing the Stone (1984), Jack Colton (Douglas) cut the heels off Joan Wilder's (Turner) shoes.
It's popularly rumored that the filmmakers inserted a short shot of the couple's dog into the "pâté" scene after screen testing audience thought it was too cruel. According to Danny DeVito, the dog was always intended to appear; however, it originally wasn't shown until the end of the chandelier scene, and that particular insert was a late addition.
In August 2009, Richard Shenkman held his ex-wife, Nancy Tyler, hostage for over 13 hours in their South Windsor, CT home after becoming obsessed with this movie-basing some of his actions on the movie itself. Fortunately Nancy was able to escape and although he burned her home down, he was tried and given a 70 year sentence.
The picture is considered to be a "black comedy". The film is, according to Mike D'Angelo at the 'AV Club' website, "one of the darkest comedies ever financed by a major studio".
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.
According to director Danny DeVito the first assembled cut of the film ran 3 hours and 4 minutes. It was then cut down to its final length of 1 hour and 56 minutes. Some of the deleted scenes (ca. 20 minutes) can be seen in the trailers and in the deleted scenes montage on the LaserDisc and the Special Edition DVD.
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".
Appearing in the film as Dr. Hillerman was actor Michael Adler who was the son of the film's source author Warren Adler who wrote "The War of the Roses" novel.
The make and model of the antique sports car that Oliver Rose (Michael Douglas) owns in the movie was a black-top creme colored 1960 British Morgan Roadster Plus 4 convertible known to collectors as a Morgan 4/4. The car was really crushed in the film and was purchased by a man named Bill Caruso of Hartford, CT, who restored it with the intention of racing it at Limerock Park, however he died before he could. It was purchased by auto enthusiast Wayne Carini for his show "Chasing Classic Cars".
Cher was considered for the role of Barbara Rose which was played by Kathleen Turner.
The amount of time that the Roses, Oliver Rose (Michael Douglas) and Barbara Rose (Kathleen Turner), had been married was seventeen years.
In 1953, Alfred Newman composed and recorded the 20th Century Fox Fanfare "with Cinemascope extension". In 1989, his son, David Newman re-recorded the fanfare for "The War of the Roses" in order to have the last note of the fanfare segue seamlessly into the first note of the opening titles music.
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First theatrical feature film based on a written work by writer Warren Adler. The only other cinema movie [to date, September 2013] based on one Adler's published writings was 1999's Random Hearts (1999) which got made and first released about approximately a decade after this picture.
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The movie was filmed during March, April, May and June 1989.
The second feature film directed by Danny DeVito which was made and released about two years after his first which was 1987's Throw Momma from the Train (1987).
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.
The make, model and color of the off-road SUV that ran over and crushed the antique sports car was, according to the IMCDb, a red 1989 GMC Jimmy 1500 [V-8].
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Kathleen Turner plays the mother of Sean Astin's character. In Romancing the Stone (1984), Turner's sister was played by Mary Ellen Trainor, who played Astin's mother in The Goonies (1985).
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This picture debuted in the USA three weeks before Christmas 1989 and was a Christmas release for the 20th Century Fox studio. The picture's "The War of the Roses" title on one of the movie's main trailers formed a Christmas tree bauble out of the first letter "O" in the word "of" in the film's title.
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The film was selected to screen in competition at the Berlin Film Festival in 1990.
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The name of the character of Jonathan Rose from Warren Adler's source novel "The War of the Roses" was changed to Oliver Rose (played by Michael Douglas) for this feature film adaptation.
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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).
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The film was made and released about eight years after its source novel of the same name by Warren Adler had been first published in 1981.
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One of numerous 1980s motion pictures made about "yuppies".
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Star Billing: Michael Douglas (1st), Kathleen Turner (2nd) and Danny DeVito (3rd).
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The film delivered its narrative by telling its story utilizing a flashback technique being told by Oliver Rose (Michael Douglas)'s attorney Gavin D'Amato (Danny DeVito).
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Actor Danny DeVito played a character, Gavin D'Amato, who had a last name that was similar sounding to his own.
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One of two 1989 movies starring Michael Douglas. The other film was Black Rain (1989). Both pictures were "black" i.e. that movie was called Black Rain (1989) whilst this picture was a "black comedy".
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