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The Rose (1979)

The tragic life of a self-destructive female rock star who struggles to deal with the constant pressures of her career and the demands of her ruthless business manager.

Director:

Mark Rydell

Writers:

Bo Goldman (screenplay), Bill Kerby (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bette Midler ... Rose
Alan Bates ... Rudge Kenton
Frederic Forrest ... Dyer
Harry Dean Stanton ... Billy Ray
Barry Primus ... Dennis
David Keith ... Mal
Sandra McCabe Sandra McCabe ... Sarah
Will Hare ... Mr. Leonard
Rudy Bond ... Monty
Don Calfa ... Don Frank
James Keane ... Dealer
Doris Roberts ... Rose's Mother
Sandy Ward ... Rose's Father
Michael Greer ... Emcee
Kenny Sacha Kenny Sacha ... Female Impersonator (as Claude Sacha)
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Bette Midler plays The Rose, a female rock star strikingly similar to Janis Joplin. This movie follows Rose's career during her last tour, as she's determined to return to her Florida hometown. Although a success, she's exhausted and lonely, but continued working by her gruff and greedy manager. Though loud and brassy, Rose is an insecure alcoholic and former drug user who seems to crave approval in her life. She begins a romance with a limousine driver, who's actually an A.W.O.L. Sergeant from the United States Army. Her rock and roll lifestyle of sex, drugs, and rock and roll, and constant touring, lead her to an inevitable breakdown. Written by R. John Berggren <jberg@nina.pagesz.net>

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Trivia

Bette Midler played another Rose-named character, "Mama Rose" in Gypsy (1993), the name being similar to Mary Rose Foster in this movie. Midler was first touted to appear in Gypsy (1993) as early as 1980 when this movie was in post-production, and Midler reportedly held off signing until after she had seen the final cut of this movie, and the public's reaction to it. See more »

Goofs

When Rose's airplane lands for her St. Louis show, the airport is surrounded by mountains. See more »

Quotes

Emcee: Thank you, Bitch... err, Butch!
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Crazy Credits

Lyrics of "The Rose" are displayed at the end of the credit crawl, scrolling to the ending of the song. See more »

Alternate Versions

CBS edited 14 minutes from this film for its 1984 network premiere. See more »

Connections

Featured in Biography: Bette Midler (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

When a Man Loves a Woman
Music and Lyrics by Calvin Lewis (as C. Lewis)and Andrew Wright (as A. Wright)
Performed by Bette Midler (uncredited)
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a rose is a rose is...
28 August 2006 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

Making her film debut, Bette Midler plays a singer loosely based on Janis Joplin. Midler does a very good job in the role, showing the woman making something of herself, but living a self-destructive life to the point where she ruins herself. A particularly eye-popping scene is when she struts through the men's room and the men get all freaked out and start jumping into the pool. You gotta wonder what's with those guys.

Equally as good as Midler is Alan Bates as her manager and sometimes lover. "The Rose" is certainly a movie that I recommend, and I believe the director later directed Bette Midler in the equally interesting "For the Boys". Also starring Don Calfa and Doris Roberts.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 November 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Tour See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$793,063, 11 November 1979

Gross USA:

$29,174,648

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$29,174,648
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby (35 mm prints)| 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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