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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.

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Mark Rydell

Writers:

Bo Goldman (screenplay), Bill Kerby (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Stars: Bette Midler, Danny DeVito, Judge Reinhold
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bette Midler ... Mary Rose Foster
Alan Bates ... Rudge Campbell
Frederic Forrest ... Huston Dyer
Harry Dean Stanton ... Billy Ray
Barry Primus ... Dennis
David Keith ... PFC Mal
Sandra McCabe Sandra McCabe ... Sarah Willingham
Will Hare ... Mr. Leonard
Rudy Bond Rudy Bond ... Monty
Don Calfa ... Don Frank
James Keane ... Sam
Doris Roberts ... Mrs. Foster
Sandy Ward ... Mr. Foster, 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. The film 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 AWOL sergeant from the United States Army. Her rock and roll lifestyle of Drugs, Sex, 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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Drama | Music | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 November 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pearl See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$29,200,000
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Company Credits

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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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Did You Know?

Trivia

When Rose asks Dyer where he came from, he says "Waxahachie, Texas", which is Frederic Forrest's real home town. See more »

Goofs

The car phone has a rotary dial, but when Rose makes a call, the soundtrack sounds like a touch tone phone. See more »

Quotes

Rose: What are we ladies? What are we? We are waitresses at the banquet of life! Get into that kitchen and rattle them pots and pans - and you better look pretty good doin' it too, 'else you gonna lose you good thing. And why do we do that, I'll tell you why we do that? We do that to find love - Oh I love to be in love - don't you love to be in love?
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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 »

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Referenced in Divine Madness (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

Evil Lies
Music by Gregory Prestopino (as Greg Prestopino)
Lyrics by Gregory Prestopino (as Greg Prestopino) and Carol Locatell
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Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose ...
6 June 2007 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

"The Rose" -which they say was inspired by Joplin's life- has stood the test of time quite well;the main reason is Bette Middler's sensational performance .She has not still yet found another part as rewarding as Rose .Full of strong scenes and of extraordinary renditions (the title track and "when a man loves a woman" particularly),it grabs you till the last picture (a light which goes out).The scene in the gay nightclub where another Rose,"Diana Ross" and "Barbra Streisand" join the singer for a song is almost scary.So is that scene when a respectable country singer -Rose covered one of his songs - treats the poor girl like dirt ,this man must be a saint or else he is a hypocrite:could you imagine ,say,Kris Kristofferson blaming Janis Joplin for covering "Me and Bobby McGee " ,a tune she took to number one ? With fine support from Alan Bates as the evil manager and Frederick Forrest as the big hearted deserter,"the rose" still remains one of the best film about the cruel thankless world of rock.It avoids the mistakes of movies dealing with true stars (Ray Manzarek did not think much of "the Doors" ).


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