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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:

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

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bette Midler ... Rose
Alan Bates ... Rudge
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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Storyline

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 is forced to continue 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 is actually an A.W.O.L. Sergeant from the US Army. Her musician lifestyle of "sex, drugs, and rock & roll", along with the constant touring, leads her to an inevitable breakdown. Written by R. John Berggren <jberg@nina.pagesz.net>

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Genres:

Drama | Music | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Trivia

At the start, a photographer takes a picture of a little girl. The resulting photo is of Midler as a little girl, growing up in Hawaii. See more »

Goofs

The Rose shoots up heroin in a phone booth, even though she has no water - a necessity for intravenous usage of a powdered narcotic. See more »

Quotes

Rose: Ain't it just grand layin' there late at night in your bed, waitin' for your man to show up? And when he finally does, at oh about 4 o'clock in the mornin', with whiskey on his breath, and the smell of another woman on his person... Oh honey, I can smell another woman at 500 paces. That's a easy one to catch.
[crowd gets really noisy]
Rose: Oh, the women are getting nasty. So what do you do when he comes home with the smell of another woman on him? Do you say, "Oh honey, let me open up my loving arms ...
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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

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Burt Reynolds/Anne Murray (1980) See more »

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Camellia
Written by Steve Hunter (as Stephen Hunter)
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Do not miss this film! A masterpiece in disguise!
3 August 2002 | by tellafriendSee all my reviews

Bette Midler IS the Rose! There are not too many films out there in which the viewer forgets their watching a movie - this is one of them. Watching The Rose is almost like snooping on someone's personal life... you know you shouldn't but you can't believe what's being revealed to you right before your eyes! Bette Midler is simply "divine" and completely believable as the worn-out, alcohol-abusing rock star who is in dire need of love and a break but continues to please her audience - and her ruthless, money hungry manager. After kicking a bad drug habit we watch her throughout the movie slowly, little by little, sink back down to the bottom. You root for her throughout hoping she just runs away from the rock and roll life that's slowly killing her but she seems to need it as much as it needs her. In the end it devours her and we're left wondering "why". This film changed my life when I was a teenager with a rock 'n' roll dream. Bette Midler pours her heart and soul into this film, and it shows in every frame. Combine that with an awesome sound track, breathtaking full length song performances and an over-the-edge personality and you have one heck of a film here!


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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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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

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

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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