Rambling Rose (1991)

R  |   |  Drama  |  20 September 1991 (USA)
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Rose, is taken in by the Hillyer family to serve as a 1930s housemaid so that she can avoid falling into a life of prostitution. Rose's appearence and personality is such that all men fall ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Martinson
Dave Wilkie (as Robert Burke)
Evan Lockwood ...
Billy (as Matt Sutherland)
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David E. Scarborough ...
Robin Robertson ...
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Rose, is taken in by the Hillyer family to serve as a 1930s housemaid so that she can avoid falling into a life of prostitution. Rose's appearence and personality is such that all men fall for her, and Rose knows it. She can't help herself from getting into trouble with men. "Daddy" Hillier soon grows tired of Rose's rambling ways. Written by Rob Hartill

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Innocence has never been so seductive.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sensuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

20 September 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

As Noites de Rose  »

Box Office


$7,500,000 (estimated)


$6,266,621 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Producer Renny Harlin originally wanted to direct also, but director Martha Coolidge had done so much work already that Harlin stayed only as producer, but was on the set all time. See more »


When Rose is in bed with Buddy, the shot of the two of them shows her left arm being under the covers, and immediately the next shot is a closeup of Rose and her left arm is up and behind her head. See more »


[first lines]
[title: Glennville, Georgia 1971]
Willcox Hillyer: [voiceover] In deep Dixieland, the month of October is almost summery.
Willcox Hillyer: I had come south to visit my father. Mother had died a few years before, and Daddy was living all alone. He wouldn't have it otherwise.
Willcox Hillyer: Looking at that old house, a painful nostalgia gripped me for the south itself, the old south I had known, and the people in it. When I was thirteen years old, a girl came to this house. I overheard my father decide in a conference ...
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Referenced in The 49th Annual Golden Globe Awards (1992) See more »


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Appealing In Its Own Way
13 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I haven't seen this film in quite a while but I have pretty good memories about it. It's an intriguing film, something different and appealing even though some of the subject matter is "inappropriate."

I saw the last word because it involves a 13-year-old boy whose hormones are raging and his brief relationship with a grown woman. There is one sex scene that may make people squirm a bit, so be forewarned. Other than that, I don't remember anything else objectionable.

I like the photography and always enjoy seeing the old days - here it's the 1920s and 1930s - portrayed on today's films with the great cameramen and directors of today. Also, the South has some beautiful scenery that is eloquently on display here.

The story is well-acted with real-life mother-daughter Diane Ladd and Laura Dern, along with Robert Duvall and Lukas Haas. The latter plays the young man and was already somewhat of a star after playing the young Amish boy in the 1985 film "Witness." Duvall is one of the finest actors of his generation so you always get a good performance out of him.

This is a pretty low-key story but never puts you to sleep. Modern day feminists might like this film was Ladd plays that role to the hilt. Dern also delivered, making a very believable "Rose."

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