Rambling Rose

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A touching. bittersweet, and wonderfully-acted film.



Total Count: 19


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Rambling Rose is the most part a flashback, related by grown-up Southerner Buddy Hillyer (John Heard). The bulk of the film takes place in 1935, when rambunctious backwoods housekeeper Rose (Laura Dern) virtually invades the Hillyer household. Daddy Hillyer (Robert Duvall), a bed-rock Southern gentleman, welcomes the congenitally amoral but basically goodhearted Rose into his house, carefully fending off her ill-timed romantic advances. But Rose can't help feeling smitten with him; meanwhile, she has also drawn the attentions of 13-year-old Buddy (Lukas Haas). Based on the novel by screenwriter Calder Willingham, Rambling Rose was not the box-office breakthrough that many expected for director Martha Coolidge; though it fizzled financially, the film did manage to secure Oscar nominations for both Dern and her real-life mother Diane Ladd.

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Audience Reviews for Rambling Rose

  • Apr 09, 2019
    Dern is great. However, the movie attempts to be a straightforward character study but that is undermined by it's consistent tone problems.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 05, 2012
    Rambling Rose is the definitive Laura Dern performance. I particularly like mother-daughter performances as there is often additional sizzle to fictional work and Dern and Diane Ladd don't disappoint.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Aug 07, 2007
    This movie is retarded.
    Jessica O Super Reviewer
  • Jun 17, 2007
    Was not expecting to enjoy this at all but it's a very well acted film, that has one or two suprising scenes. 7/10
    Nyk P Super Reviewer

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