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The Thorn (1971)

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Filmed in 1971 before Bette Midler's career as The Divine Miss M took off, this is an underground religious satire originally titled "The Greatest Story Overtold". Unreleased for several years, it finally had a brief theatrical run in New York City in 1974 under a new title "The Divine Mr. J" (Mr. J supposedly referring to Jesus), suggesting that the now famous Midler, who had a minor role as The Virgin Mary, was the star. Following legal threats from Midler's camp and horrific reviews, the movie quickly disappeared, but briefly turned up on home video in early Eighties (only to quickly disappear once more, again amidst legal threats) under new title The Thorn, in an attempt to cash in on Midler's mainstream hit The Rose (1979). See more »

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Bad Movie, Good Fun
26 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you're hoping for typical Bette, 'The Thorn' is not going to please you.

But if you're looking for something really lightweight, perhaps something to make you laugh your buns off after a few glasses of wine or a few beers, then you'll probably enjoy this flick.

Production values are 'lowish,' and it was clearly shot in a hurry with a small budget using cheap cameras and film stock. The sound is so bad that you'll probably want to turn off your theater system and just use the tiny speakers in your monitor.

But as far as fun goes, this flick is great - totally unassuming, with a lot of dark humor and wit.

It's ''a cross'' between a real Bette Midler film and Monty Python. The phrase ''it's a cross'' is a recurring theme, used to explain any and all biblical calamities, inconsistencies, et cetera.

As a closing note, ''The Thorn'' is not found on Bette's official site. It's early work, and I'm sure she would just as soon forget it ever happened. But she shines in it - her real 'devil-may-care' attitude is evident.


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