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The Rose

The Rose (1979)


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Release Date: Nov 7, 1979 Wide



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Bette Midler stars as Rose in this somber drama loosely based on the life of the late Janis Joplin. She plays an ill-fated singer who succumbs to the pressures of performing by indulging in drugs and alcohol. Her sweetheart Dyer (Frederic Forrest) is the former chauffeur who naively tries to save her from self destruction, while her British manager Rudge (Alan Bates) is ultimately blamed for not preventing her inevitable fall. The story mirrors any one of a number of popular singers who have


Musical & Performing Arts, Drama

Bo Goldman, Bill Kerby

Aug 19, 2003

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A very compelling performance by Midler bolsters this musical biopic

September 9, 2005
Lawrence Journal-World

Simply riveting, Bette Midler gives a volcanic, Oscar-nominated performance in this loose adaptation of the tragic life of singer Janis Joplin.

June 25, 2005 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

Powerful story, brilliant central performance

November 8, 2004
Shadows on the Wall

For rock fans, this is pretty sacred stuff. It has its emotional moments.

October 15, 2004

Lenny by way of John Waters.

August 11, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
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Audience Reviews for The Rose

Not bad, but a little dated. I took a whole point off this for the awful singing (of which there is a lot). This movie could have happily been half an hour shorter and better for it.
The story itself is good, Bette Midler does a convincing portrayal of a rock star on the verge of self destruction. I picture her to be very much a Courtney Love style person, though obviously this movie predates her - I guess it could be based on any number of past rock stars.
September 13, 2012

Super Reviewer

Although this is another movie about a rock star, it's one of the best, it's more realistic and dramatic than others. Plus the songs are good too. I loved this movie, if you like rock movies you'll like it too.
January 7, 2011

Super Reviewer

This one has lost a little of it's allure down through the years but it's still a powerful performance from Bette Midler.
January 18, 2009
Randy Tippy

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As one of the top rock stars around, Rose(Bette Midler) is starting to feel the strain which is not helped by her copious drinking. At least, she has stopped using drugs. So, she wants to take a year off after the upcoming hometown concert in Florida but her manager/promoter Rudge(Alan Bates) reminds her of all the money she will lose if she does. At least, she gets to meet one of idols, Billy Ray(Harry Dean Stanton), after a concert but the meeting goes so badly, she runs away and jumps in the first car, driven by Huston(Frederic Forrest).

Even as it is too long and a little ragged around the edges like its protagonist, "The Rose" has Bette Midler's fearless and astounding performance going for it which is enough to get it through the night. Plus, there are the entertaining musical numbers and a lovely late long shot of a lighted phone booth framed against the darkness. And the movie is surprisingly gay friendly with its night club full of drag queens(one of the highlights of the film), a kiss edited out of the film and perhaps the most chaste bath house in the history of New York City. I heard this was inspired by the life of Janis Joplin but I want to remain ignorant on that note, so I can judge this movie on its own merits. What I can say is it does not go the route of the cliched self-destructive rock star and instead focuses on Rose's insecurities which simultaneously drive and destroy her, with a manager who does not have her best interests at heart.
May 18, 2013
Walter M.

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