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The Rose (1979)

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

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

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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bette Midler ... Rose
Alan Bates ... Rudge
Frederic Forrest ... Dyer
Harry Dean Stanton ... Billy Ray
Barry Primus ... Dennis
David Keith ... Mal
Sandra McCabe Sandra McCabe ... Sarah
Will Hare ... Mr. Leonard
Rudy Bond ... Monty
Don Calfa ... Don Frank
James Keane ... Dealer
Doris Roberts ... Rose's Mother
Sandy Ward ... 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. This movie 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 A.W.O.L. Sergeant from the United States Army. Her rock and roll lifestyle of sex, drugs, 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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The Fastest Selling Sound Track Album in the Country See more »

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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:

The Tour 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

Production Co:

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

Bette Midler performed the soundtrack album, the title song track "The Rose" was one of the biggest selling vinyl singles of 1980. See more »

Goofs

The Rose shoots up heroin in a phone booth, even though she has no water - a necessity for intravenous usage of a powdered narcotic. 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 »

Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: It Lives by Night (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Stay With Me
Music and Lyrics by Jerry Ragovoy and George David Weiss (as George Weiss)
Performed by Bette Midler (uncredited)
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A surprisingly good mix of fact & fiction!
21 January 2004 | by bfjrnskiSee all my reviews

Originally intended as a flat-out biography of Janis Joplin's last days titled "Pearl" ( Janis' nickname and alter-ego ) the filmakers allegedly ran into privacy issues with the Joplin family which caused them to take a more "loosely based" approach of a "composite" character! Even Bette Midler herself had some ideas of her own that promised to provide a fictious portrayal! Since I had always found Janis Joplin's life both fascinating and tragic I had to write off seeing this movie in the theatres when it first came out in 1979.It wasn't until sitting through it on HBO that I could truly appreciate how utterly great Bette Midler's performance was!It certainly stayed close enough to the "truth" while adding some dynamic elements that a Janis biography portrayed by anyone else would have sorely lacked! Bette Midler is truely at her best! She pours out her heart and soul into this role and leaves nothing behind!Her rock concert scenes alone show her broad talent as a stage performer! Her scenes drunk & stoned give a rare glimpse into a lonely and crazy world of rock stars(like Janis Joplin was!) Her scene with her childhood country-music idol reminded me of a similar situation between Janis and Johnny Cash! Her former lesbian lover is reminiscent of Janis' one-time "biographer/lover" Peggy Caserta! The "homecoming" concert at the film's end reminded me of Janis' 10-year-highschool reunion which she attended only shortly before her death! All in All I regret not having seen (in the theatre) this "loosely based" and yet "thinly disguised" story of Janis!With Bette Midler at center stage it stands as both a glowing tribute to Janis AND Bette!


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