The Rose

The Rose

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The Rose

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/19/2015
UPC: 0715515146418
Original Release: 1979
Rating: R
Source: Criterion
Region Code: A
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 2:14:00
Sales rank: 14,859

Special Features

Audio commentary featuring Director Mark Rydell; New interviews with Rydell, Zsigmond, and actor Bette Midler; Archival interviews with Midler and Rydell, with on-set footage; Plus: An essay by critic Paula Mejia

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bette Midler Rose
Alan Bates Rudge
Frederic Forrest Dyer
Harry Dean Stanton Billy Ray
Barry Primus Dennis
David Keith Mal
Sandra McCabe Sarah
Will Hare Mr. Leonard
Rudy Bond Monty
Don Calfa Don Frank
James Keane Dealer
Michael Greer Emcee
Doris Roberts Rose's Mother
Sandy Ward Rose's Father
Luke Andreas Actor
Jonathan Banks TV Promoter
Hildy Brooks Actor
Pat Corley Actor
Richard Dioguardi Trucker
Dennis Erdman Actor
David Garfield Actor
Hugh Gillin Actor
Seamon Glass Actor
Jack Hollander Actor
John Dennis Johnston Milledge
Harry Northrup Actor
Jack O'Leary Short Order Cook
Claude Sacha Female Impersonator
Sandra Seacat Actor
Frank Speiser Actor
Jack Starrett Actor
Chip Zien Actor
Cherie Latimer Actor
Annie McGuire Actor
Allison Caine Voice Only
Ralph Roberts Doorman

Technical Credits
Mark Rydell Director
Theoni V. Aldredge Costumes/Costume Designer
Toni Basil Choreography
Michael Cimino Screenwriter
Larry Franco Asst. Director
Bo Goldman Screenwriter
Bill Kerby Original Story,Screenwriter
Richard MacDonald Production Designer
Chris McLaughlin Sound/Sound Designer
C. Timothy O'Meara Editor
Tony Ray Executive Producer
Kay Rose Sound Editor
Paul A. Rothchild Score Composer,Musical Arrangement
Aaron Russo Producer
Jim Schoppe Art Director
Jim Webb Sound/Sound Designer
Robert Wolfe Editor
Marvin Worth Producer
Vilmos Zsigmond Cinematographer

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The Rose 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite movies of all time. This I believe was Bette Midler's movie debut, and she blows me away everytime I watch this movie. There's some language but it wouldn't be the same without it. This movie I have heard was thinly veiled on the life of Janis Joplin. While I am a very big Janis Joplin fan, I did find some similarities, but that's it, this movie is it's own, and Janis Joplin's life was hers. They may have thought about her while writing the script, but this definately is NOT a bio on Janis Joplin. This movie is wonderfully put together, the music is great! Bette Midler can act, sing, and make you laugh and cry in this movie. What can't that woman do? I'm serious what can't she do? I love her and I love this movie, one of my top ten favorite movies of all time.
58LESPAUL More than 1 year ago
What a movie depicting the life of the late great Janice Joplin with a flair of the mid 70's era. I don't know how Bette was able to recover her smooth singing voice while screaming at the top of her lungs sounding like Janice's whiskey voice, it just amazes me every time I watch it. Being a true fan of Pearl nobody that I know of till this day has been able to "sing" with so much passion & emotion & yes there are allot of beautiful singers past & present (Billie Holiday, Etta James, Aretha) & the most current that are categorized as being "Divas" (Cher, Madonna, Beyonce) but to me no one has come close to Pearl. This movie also takes you back to the sex, drugs & rock n roll era before the major corporations took over the music industries concert promotions & sponsorships, (Pepsi, Clear Channel, Live Nation) also before lap top computers & cell phones existed. During the movie you see where she uses a hand held phone in the Limo & the old telephone booth looking for loose change to make a call, man times sure have changed, the movie also captures the time & energy during that era when the music mattered not how much "bling" you wore. If you want music, true emotions & the harsh realities of what drugs & booze can do to you, (Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison) see this movie with an opened mind & enjoy seeing The Rose scream her heart out as she tries to hold on to her world as it crumbles around her. I stop to wonder if she would be considered a "Diva" if she were alive.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago