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The War of the Roses (1989)

R | | Comedy | 8 December 1989 (USA)
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A married couple try everything to get each other to leave the house in a vicious divorce battle.

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Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 2 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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A bitter ex-husband wants his former spouse dead. A put-upon momma's boy wants his mother dead. Who will pull it off?

Director: Danny DeVito
Stars: Danny DeVito, Billy Crystal, Kim Greist
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Oliver Rose
... Barbara Rose
... Gavin D'Amato
... Susan
... Josh at 17
... Carolyn at 17
... Harry Thurmont
... Jason Larrabee
... Man in Chair
Gloria Cromwell ... Mrs. Marshall
Harlan Arnold ... Mr. Dell
Mary Fogarty ... Mrs. Dell
Rika Hofmann ... Elke
Patricia Allison ... Maureen
... Elderly Mourner
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Storyline

The Roses, Barbara and Oliver, live happily as a married couple. Then she starts to wonder what life would be like without Oliver, and likes what she sees. Both want to stay in the house, and so they begin a campaign to force each other to leave. In the middle of the fighting is D'Amato, the divorce lawyer. He gets to see how far both will go to get rid of the other, and boy do they go far.. Written by Rob Hartill

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Once in a lifetime comes a motion picture that makes you feel like falling in love all over again. This is not that movie.

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Comedy

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8 December 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Rosenkrieg  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$26,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,488,794, 10 December 1989, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$86,888,546

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$160,188,546
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Appearing in the film as Dr. Hillerman was actor Michael Adler who was the son of the film's source author Warren Adler who wrote "The War of the Roses" novel. See more »

Goofs

When Barbara drives her truck at Oliver and his car, the white 'scarf' of her dress is draped over and hanging out the driver side window. When she spins the truck after her first pass, the scarf is gone; after the cut-away to Oliver and then back to Barbara, the scarf is hanging out the window again. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Gavin: [Gavin is talking to a client] You have some valid reasons for wanting a divorce.
[blows his nose with a handkerchief]
Gavin: Excuse me. My sinuses are very sensitive to irritants.
[sprays nasal decongestant up his nostrils]
Gavin: In the past five months, I think I've breathed freely with both sides working maybe a week total.
[pulls a cigarette out of a pack]
Gavin: I gotta cut this out. It's gonna kill me.
[lights his cigarette]
Gavin: I hadn't smoked for thirteen years. I kept the last cigarette from my last ...
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We Wish You a Merry Christmas
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Arranged by Sam Pottle
Performed by Sesame Street Cast
Courtesy of Children's Television Workshop
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Delightful.
7 June 2000 | by See all my reviews

A very good movie, one that holds up well after repeated viewings. Even if you're familiar with the story, DeVito's methodical and precise direction makes it thoroughly absorbing all over again. This movie has the directorial perfection of a good Alfred Hitchcock thriller, but it's not either a thriller or a comedy; it's a unique mix of elements from several genres, that does contain some laughs and sardonic humor, but also has serious undertones, mostly thanks to Michael Douglas' three-dimensional character and surprisingly sensitive performance. Strongly recommended.


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