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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.

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sensuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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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 »

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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Laura Dern dated Renny Harlin for a time after wrapping this film. She later got involved with Jeff Goldblum after filming Jurassic Park (1993). Goldblum's ex-wife, Geena Davis, was married to Harlin. 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.
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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.
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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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Lover's Serenade
Composed by Alan Moorhouse
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airy light sexual
11 April 2016 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Buddy recalls the Great Depression when Rose (Laura Dern) came to work for his family. She escaped prostitution in Birmingham to be the domestic servant. Kindly mother Hillyer (Diane Ladd) is partly deaf and was orphaned young. Rose flirts with father Hillyer (Robert Duvall) but he rebuffs her. Young Buddy (Lukas Haas) has a sexual encounter with Rose. She is desperate to stay and convinces him to keep it a secret. She continues to be flirtatious with the town's men. Father wants to send Rose away while mother argues to keep her.

This is a nostalgic jazzy rambling reminiscence of a compelling character. My only problem is that this movie takes a light tone making this almost a fable. Despite the childhood point of view, it needs to go for a darker mood to fit this sexualized tragedy. Director Martha Coolidge is caught between making a kid's coming of age journey and a young woman's walk on a dangerous tight rope. The light airy mood keeps the darker material at a distance.


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