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Rambling Rose (1991)

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A young woman who exudes sexuality battles temptation.

Director:

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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Taglines:

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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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 September 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

As Noites de Rose See more »

Filming Locations:

North Carolina, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$314,631, 22 September 1991

Gross USA:

$6,266,621

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,266,621
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Diane Ladd's real first name is Rose. See more »

Goofs

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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SIDEWALK STOMP RAG
By Richard Myhill
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A very touching tale of very humane family
19 February 2001 | by pbhowmickSee all my reviews

I got a chance to see this film accidentally while glancing through the channels on my TV. I was instantly hooked and watched the whole film. This film is about a young, restless and free-spirited orphan girl, who is in search of affection. She's also sexually overactive, well that's what the people around her in the 30s feel. She's sheltered by a family who are just like an ordinary family down the road, but when she needs them stand up for her, never caring about the so called caretakers of morals and virtues. A very intersting study if deep rooted charcters, played equally well by the actors. 2 characters stand apart in the film, one of the girl Rose played brilliantly by Laura Dern, and of the mother, played by Laura's real mom, Diane Ladd. Robert Duvall is very believable as the head of the family in the southern in the 1930s. I liked the gentle pace of the movie, and its buildup towards the end, where Diane garners herself for a confrontation with the self proclaimed keepers of the virtues, including her own husband. I like the way their Diane's and Robert's characters undergo transformations, small ones but enough to keep the audience attached to the film at an emotional level. Even days after watching the movie, you'd have the images of the cheerful, sometimes confused, lively and lovely Rose, flashing in front of your eyes. And that's makes the use of a narrative, which some people didn't like about this movie, so appropriate. If I had known someone like Rose in my lifetime, I would definately told this story to everybody I knew, many times over.


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