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Rambling Rose (1991)

A young woman who exudes sexuality battles temptation.

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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.

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Rated R for sensuality | See all certifications »

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20 September 1991 (USA)  »

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As Noites de Rose  »

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$7,500,000 (estimated)

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$6,266,621 (USA)
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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 »

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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 »

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[title: Glennville, Georgia 1971]
Willcox Hillyer: [voiceover] In deep Dixieland, the month of October is almost summery.
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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.
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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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Dixie
Music and Lyrics by Daniel Decatur Emmett
Performed by Louis Armstrong and The Dukes of Dixieland
Courtesy of MAJ Music, Inc.
Published by MAJ Music, Inc. (ASCAP)
Administered by Larry Spier, Inc.
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airy light sexual
11 April 2016 | by See all my reviews

Buddy recalls the Great Depression when Rose (Laura Dern) came to work for his family. She escaped prostitution in Birmingham to be the domestic servant. Kindly mother Hillyer (Diane Ladd) is partly deaf and was orphaned young. Rose flirts with father Hillyer (Robert Duvall) but he rebuffs her. Young Buddy (Lukas Haas) has a sexual encounter with Rose. She is desperate to stay and convinces him to keep it a secret. She continues to be flirtatious with the town's men. Father wants to send Rose away while mother argues to keep her.

This is a nostalgic jazzy rambling reminiscence of a compelling character. My only problem is that this movie takes a light tone making this almost a fable. Despite the childhood point of view, it needs to go for a darker mood to fit this sexualized tragedy. Director Martha Coolidge is caught between making a kid's coming of age journey and a young woman's walk on a dangerous tight rope. The light airy mood keeps the darker material at a distance.


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