War Of The Roses

War Of The Roses

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Cast: Danny DeVito, Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, Marianne Sägebrecht

     
 

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Divorce lawyer Danny De Vito warns his prospective client that the story he's about to tell isn't a pretty one, but the client listens with eager intensity -- as do the folks out there in the movie in the audience. The War of the Roses can best be described as a slapstick tragedy concerning the decline and literal fall of a marriage. After 17 years, OliverSee more details below

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Divorce lawyer Danny De Vito warns his prospective client that the story he's about to tell isn't a pretty one, but the client listens with eager intensity -- as do the folks out there in the movie in the audience. The War of the Roses can best be described as a slapstick tragedy concerning the decline and literal fall of a marriage. After 17 years, Oliver (Michael Douglas) and Barbara (Kathleen Turner) Rose want a divorce. Not for this couple is there anything resembling a "civilized understanding": Barbara wants their opulent house, and Oliver isn't about to part with the domicile. Barbara nails the basement door shut while Oliver is downstairs, Oliver disrupts Barbara's fancy party by taking aim at the catered dinner, Barbara lays waste to Oliver's sports car....and so it goes, culminating in a disastrous showdown around, about and under the living room's fancy chandelier. DeVito and screenwriter Michael Leeson never let us forget that the couple's self-indulgent imbroglio exacts an awful price upon their children (Sean Astin and Heather Fairfield). The War of the Roses was adapted from the novel by Warren Adler.

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Danny De Vito's flesh-crawling black comedy makes a very convincing case against hastily conceived marriages. In a tense battle between husband and wife, Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner plummet headlong into the abyss of a soured relationship. Turner and Douglas play their roles sublimely as their characters square off in a fierce knockdown, dragout battle over territory and worldly possessions. The pettiness of their competition is sometimes unbearable, but the film is wound so tightly that the viewer is forced to watch it to the bitter end; the thin line of love and hatred De Vito has delineated through his nerve-wracking direction is truly unforgettable. De Vito himself turns in another superlative performance as the slimy but sage divorce lawyer. All in all the film works superbly but it certainly will leave viewers with a sick feeling in the pit of their stomachs.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/18/2012
UPC:
0024543810216
Original Release:
1989
Rating:
R
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
A
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound]
Time:
1:56:00
Sales rank:
3,095

Special Features

Commentary by director Danny DeVito; Danny DeVito and producer James L. Brooks: revisiting The War of the Roses; The music of The War of the Roses: a conversation with Danny DeVito and composer David Newman; Deleted scenes montage; Trailers; TV spots; Production gallery; Script

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Performance Credits
Michael Douglas Oliver Rose
Kathleen Turner Barbara Rose
Danny DeVito Gavin D'Amato
Marianne Sägebrecht Susan
Sean Astin Josh, Age 17
Heather Fairfield Carolyn, Age 17
G.D. Spradlin Harry Thurmont
Peter Donat Larrabee
Trenton Teigen Josh, Age 10
Bethany McKinney Carolyn, Age 10
Mary Fogarty Mrs. Dell
Popeye the Dog Bennie
Tyler the Cat Kitty Kitty the Cat
Dan Castellaneta Man in Chair
Gloria Cromwell Mrs. Marshall
Harlan Arnold Mr. Dell
Rika Hofmann Elke
Patricia Allison Maureen
Peter Brocco Elderly Mourner
Philip Perlman Bidder at Auction
Susan Isaacs Auctioneer's Assistant
Shirley Mitchell Mrs. Dewitt
Ellen Crawford Nurse
Michael Adler Dr. Hillerman
Lisa Howard Nurse
Jeffrey Thomas Orderly
Jacqueline Cassell Gavin's Secretary
Vickilyn Reynolds Nancy, Oliver's Secretary
Eunice Suarez Latin Woman
Julia Elliott Latin Assistant
Tony Crane Teenage Boy
Shaun Wickers Josh, Age 3
Mary Donohue Carolyn, Age 3
Sue Palka Anchorwoman
Morris Jones Anchorman
Roy Brocksmith Mr. Fisk
Peter Hansen Mr. Marshall
Robert Harper Heath
Prince Hughes Bleeding Man
Danitra Vance Manicurist Trainee
David Wohl Dr. Gordon
Fred Scialla Stand-In

Technical Credits
Danny DeVito Director
Steve Abrams Makeup
Stephen Abrums Makeup
Warren Adler Screenwriter
Dustin Blauvelt Camera Operator
James L. Brooks Co-producer
Stephen H. Burum Cinematographer
Doug Claybourne Executive Producer
John M. Elliott Makeup
Mark Fabus Set Decoration/Design
John Frazier Special Effects
Perry Gray Set Decoration/Design
Gloria Gresham Costumes/Costume Designer
Lynzee Klingman Editor
Michael Leeson Co-producer,Screenwriter
Mark Mansbridge Art Director
Anne McCulley Set Decoration/Design
Arnon Milchan Co-producer
David Newman Score Composer
Polly Platt Executive Producer
Ida Random Production Designer
David Rubin Casting
Mike Runyard Stunts
Nicholas C. Smith Editor
Stan Tropp Set Decoration/Design

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