Rambling Rose

Rambling Rose

Director: Martha Coolidge

Cast: Laura Dern, Robert Duvall, Diane Ladd

     
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
Charming but bawdy, old-fashioned but politically progressive, Rambling Rose is a study in contradictions. A nostalgia piece in which sexual awakening and boyhood love intertwine in the unlikeliest of ways, the film hinges on sweet, sensitive performances from Lukas Haas and Laura Dern. Him the curious youngster, her the hothouse naif, their characters together represent both the innocence of our basest urges and the double standard applied to the curiosities of the two sexes. It's unusual for a film to have two separate but complementary emotional centers; the marriage between Mother and Daddy Hillyer, however, carries as much resonance as the friendship between Buddy and Rose. As the patriarch, Robert Duvall injects Big Daddy stereotypes with gentlemanly class and a genuine moral backbone, while Diane Ladd brings both a decorous exterior and a spine of steel to the role of his big-hearted wife. Despite a somewhat strained framing device featuring John Heard as the grown-up Buddy, Rambling Rose showcases a more mature, character-based style of comedy from Martha Coolidge, previously known as a director of cult-favorite teen comedies. Soft-focus, suffused with melancholy and beautifully shot, the film should have earned as loyal a popular audience as it did a critical following.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/14/1993
UPC:
0012236900030
Original Release:
1991
Rating:
R
Source:
Live / Artisan

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Laura Dern Rose
Robert Duvall Daddy Hillyer
Diane Ladd Mother Hillyer
Lukas Haas Willcox "Buddy" Hillyer
John Heard Willcox Hillyer
Kevin Conway Dr. Martinson
Robert John Burke Police Chief David Wilkie
Lisa Jakub Doll Hillyer
Evan Lockwood Waski Hillyer
Matt Sutherland Billy
Aleta Helena Chappelle Actor
Michael Gwynne Actor
Dale Robertson Young Salesman
D. Anthony Pender Foster
David E. Scarborough Horton
General Fermon Judd Shadrack
Richard Olsen Chief of Police
Michael Mott Man in Store
James Binns Minister
Jeffrey Smith Stand-In

Technical Credits
Martha Coolidge Director
Bojan Bazelli Cinematographer
Susan Benjamin Art Director
Elmer Bernstein Score Composer
Aleta Helena Chappelle Casting
Steven Cohen Editor
Suzanne Fenn Editor
Renny Harlin Producer
Greg Hull Special Effects
Johnny E. Jensen Cinematographer
Mary Kane Production Manager
Mario Kassar Producer
Karen Koch Producer
Kathleen M. McKernin Art Director
Thomas Newman Score Composer
Laurie Parker Producer
Jane Robinson Costumes/Costume Designer
Manilo Rocchetti Makeup
Edgar J. Scherick Executive Producer
Robin Standefer Production Designer
Nancy Tenenbaum Producer
John Vallone Production Designer
Christian Wagener Art Director
Nick Wechsler Producer
Calder Willingham Screenwriter

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