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Rambling Rose (1991)

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A young woman who exudes sexuality battles temptation.

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Martha Coolidge

Writers:

Calder Willingham (book), Calder Willingham (screenplay)
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Laura Dern ... Rose
Robert Duvall ... Daddy
Diane Ladd ... Mother
Lukas Haas ... Buddy
John Heard ... Willcox Hillyer
Kevin Conway ... Dr. Martinson
Robert John Burke ... Dave Wilkie (as Robert Burke)
Lisa Jakub ... Doll
Evan Lockwood Evan Lockwood ... Waski
Taylor Sutherland Taylor Sutherland ... Billy (as Matt Sutherland)
D. Anthony Pender D. Anthony Pender ... Foster
David E. Scarborough David E. Scarborough ... Horton
Robin Robertson Robin Robertson ... Young Salesman (as Robin Dale Robertson)
General Fermon Judd Jr. ... Shadrack
Richard K. Olsen ... Chief of Police
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Storyline

Rose, is taken in by the Hillyer family to serve as a 1930s housemaid so that she can avoid falling into a life of prostitution. Rose's appearence and personality is such that all men fall for her, and Rose knows it. She can't help herself from getting into trouble with men. "Daddy" Hillier soon grows tired of Rose's rambling ways. Written by Rob Hartill

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Innocence has never been so seductive.

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sensuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 September 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

As Noites de Rose See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$6,266,621
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Included among the American Film Institute's 1998 list of the four hundred movies nominated for the Top 100 Greatest American Movies. See more »

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When Rose is in bed with Buddy, the shot of the two of them shows her left arm being under the covers, and immediately the next shot is a closeup of Rose and her left arm is up and behind her head. See more »

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[first lines]
[title: Glennville, Georgia 1971]
Willcox Hillyer: [voiceover] In deep Dixieland, the month of October is almost summery.
[pause]
Willcox Hillyer: I had come south to visit my father. Mother had died a few years before, and Daddy was living all alone. He wouldn't have it otherwise.
[pause]
Willcox Hillyer: Looking at that old house, a painful nostalgia gripped me for the south itself, the old south I had known, and the people in it. When I was thirteen years old, a girl came to this house. I overheard my father decide in a conference ...
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Alternate Versions

In the UK, the BBFC removed around thirty seconds from the scene where 15 year-old Lukas Haas and Laura Dern are in bed together. This was judged to be in breach of the Protection of Children Act, which forbids the use of minors in sexual contexts on-screen. Despite this, the BBC have broadcast the uncut version several times and the cuts were later fully waived for the 2002 Guild DVD release. See more »

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Well Acted Period Piece.
24 September 2013 | by AaronCapenBannerSee all my reviews

Set in the South of the 1930's, film tells the story of "Rambling" Rose(Beautiful and appealing Laura Dern) who comes to the home of "Daddy" Hillyer(Robert Duvall), his wife "Mother"(Diane Ladd) and children, one of whom named Buddy(Lucas Haas) will come to love Rose, as she settles into their lives as a maid, but whose charm and beauty attract the attentions of all the local men, much to her employer's consternation, which will lead to a chain of events to have a lasting impact on the family, especially Buddy.

Very well acted film recreates its specific time & place quite well, and has an interesting story and character development. Only missteps with the framing device of the now adult Buddy(played by John Heard, who doesn't much resemble Haas!) not working well, seemed tacked on and anticlimactic. Still, a nice little film anyway, with many memorable scenes and colorful dialogue.


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