The Rose (1979)


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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 … More

Rating: R
Genre: Musical & Performing Arts, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Bo Goldman, Bill Kerby, Michael Cimino
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 19, 2003



as Rudge Campbell

as Huston Dyer

as Dennis

as Mr. Leonard

as Monty

as Don Frank

as Rose's Mother

as Rose's Father

as Dealer

as Female Impersonator

as Female Impersonator

as Female Impersonator

as Female Impersonator

as TV Promoter

as Short Order Cook

as Trucker

as Skinny Guy

as Secretary

as Trucker

as Police Chief Morriso...

as Billy Ray's Kid

as Guard

as Waitress in Airport

as Reporter at Rose's H...

as Don Frank's Wife

as Doorman

as Reporter

as Reporter
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Critic Reviews for The Rose

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Bette Midler's turn as the self-destructive yet sympathetic Rose is a tour de force, and there are nice contributions from Frederic Forrest and, in one powerhouse scene, Harry Dean Stanton.

Full Review… | June 11, 2015
Creative Loafing

Were it not a fictional feature film, The Rose might very well be considered one of the best concert documentaries of the 1970s.

Full Review… | June 3, 2015
Q Network Film Desk

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.

Nicki Marie

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.

Aj V

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.

Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

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