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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 fallen victim to the excess of success. Midler and Forrest were nominated for Oscars for their performances, with Best Editing laurels given to Timothy O'Meara and Robert Wolf. The Rose was a box office smash and was the plum role that elevated Midler to star status in the eyes of the public and Hollywood.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
20th Century Fox Film Corporation - Official Site


Alan Bates
as Rudge Campbell
Frederic Forrest
as Huston Dyer
Will Hare
as Mr. Leonard
Rudy Bond
as Monty
Don Calfa
as Don Frank
Doris Roberts
as Rose's Mother
Sandy Ward
as Rose's Father
Claude Sacha
as Female Impersonator
Michael St. Laurent
as Female Impersonator
as Female Impersonator
Pearl Heart
as Female Impersonator
Jonathan Banks
as TV Promoter
Jack O'Leary
as Short Order Cook
Luke Andreas
as Trucker
Harry Northrup
as Skinny Guy
Cherie Latimer
as Secretary
Seamon Glass
as Trucker
Pat Corley
as Police Chief Morriso...
Dennis Erdman
as Billy Ray's Kid
Joyce Roth
as Waitress in Airport
Frank Speiser
as Reporter at Rose's H...
Annie McGuire
as Don Frank's Wife
Sandra Seacat
as Reporter
Chip Zien
as Reporter
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Critic Reviews for The Rose

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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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