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Encyclopedia > The Rose (film)
The Rose

1979 movie poster
Directed by Mark Rydell
Produced by Anthony Ray (executive)
Aaron Russo
Marvin Worth
Written by Michael Cimino
Bo Goldman
Bill Kerby (story)
Starring Bette Midler
Alan Bates
Frederic Forrest
Music by Paul A. Rothchild
Amanda McBroom (theme song)
Cinematography Vilmos Zsigmond
Editing by Carroll Timothy O'Meara
Robert L. Wolfe
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date(s) October 7, 1979
Running time 125 min.
Country Flag of the United States United States
Language English
Budget $8,500,000 (estimated)
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The Rose is a 1979 film which tells the story of a self-destructive 1960s rock star who struggles to cope with the constant pressures of her career and the demands of her ruthless business manager. The film stars Bette Midler, Alan Bates, Frederic Forrest, Harry Dean Stanton, Barry Primus and David Keith. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 396 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (580 × 877 pixel, file size: 79 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Movie poster advertisement for The Rose - © 1979 20th Century Fox For an article about a film, the original theatrical advertisement poster is one of the most... Mark Rydell (born March 23, 1934 in New York City) is an American actor, film director and producer. ... Aaron Russo promoting his film America: Freedom to Fascism Aaron Russo (February 14, 1943 to August 24, 2007) was an entertainment businessman, film maker, and libertarian political activist. ... Marvin Worth (June 6, 1925 in Brooklyn, New York - April 22, 1998 in Los Angeles, California) was an American producer, screenwriter and actor perhaps best known for his efforts to portray Malcolm X on the big screen. ... Michael Cimino (born February 3, 1939, New York City) is an Australia film director. ... Bo Goldman is an Academy Award winning screenwriter. ... Bette Midler (born December 1, 1945) is an American singer, actress, and comedian, also known to her fans as The Divine Miss M. She is named after the actress Bette Davis although Davis pronounced her first name in two syllables, and Midler uses one. ... Alan Bates as butler in Gosford Park (2001) Sir Alan Arthur Bates CBE, (February 17, 1934 – December 27, 2003) was a British actor. ... Frederic Forrest (born December 23, 1936 in Waxahachie, Texas) is an American actor. ... Paul A. Rothchild (d. ... Amanda McBroom is an American singer, song-writer and cabaret performer. ... Vilmos Zsigmond (born June 16, 1930) is a Hungarian-American cinematographer. ... Twentieth (20th) Century Fox Film Corporation (known from 1935 to 1985 as Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation) is one of the six major American film studios. ... is the 280th day of the year (281st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... // Events March 5 - Production begins on Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from January 1, 1960 to December 31, 1969, inclusive. ... Bette Midler (born December 1, 1945) is an American singer, actress, and comedian, also known to her fans as The Divine Miss M. She is named after the actress Bette Davis although Davis pronounced her first name in two syllables, and Midler uses one. ... Alan Bates as butler in Gosford Park (2001) Sir Alan Arthur Bates CBE, (February 17, 1934 – December 27, 2003) was a British actor. ... Frederic Forrest (born December 23, 1936 in Waxahachie, Texas) is an American actor. ... Harry Dean Stanton (born July 14, 1926 in West Irvine, Kentucky, USA) is an American actor. ... Barry Primus (born February 16, 1938 in New York City) is an American television and film actor. ... David Keith (born May 8, 1954 in Knoxville, Tennessee) is an American actor and director. ...


The story is loosely based on the life of Janis Joplin. It was written by Michael Cimino and Bo Goldman from a story by Bill Kerby, and directed by Mark Rydell. The film was marketed with the tagline "She gave and gave, until she had nothing left to give". Janis Lyn Joplin (Born January 19, 1943- October 4, 1970 was an influential singer, songwriter, and music arranger. ... Michael Cimino (born February 3, 1939, New York City) is an Australia film director. ... Bo Goldman is an Academy Award winning screenwriter. ... Mark Rydell (born March 23, 1934 in New York City) is an American actor, film director and producer. ...


The Rose was nominated for four Academy Awards including Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Frederic Forrest), Best Actress in a Leading Role (Bette Midler, in her screen debut), Best Film Editing and Best Sound. Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ... The Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor is one of the awards given to male actors working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ... The Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role is one of the awards given to actresses working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ... The Academy Award for Film Editing was first given for films issued in 1934. ... The Academy Award for Sound Mixing is an Academy Award that recognizes the finest or most aesthetic sound mixing or recording, and is generally awarded to the production sound mixers and re-recording mixers of the winning film. ...


The lyrics of the theme song, "The Rose," written by Amanda McBroom and sung in the movie by Bette Midler, play across the screen at the end of the credits. It became a top 3 hit for Midler, and one her best known songs. The theme music of a radio or television program is a piece that is written specifically for that show and usually played during the title sequence and/or end credits. ... The Rose is a pop song written by Amanda McBroom and featured in the 1979 movie The Rose, in which it was performed by Bette Midler. ... Amanda McBroom is an American singer, song-writer and cabaret performer. ... Bette Midler (born December 1, 1945) is an American singer, actress, and comedian, also known to her fans as The Divine Miss M. She is named after the actress Bette Davis although Davis pronounced her first name in two syllables, and Midler uses one. ...

Contents

Main cast

Actor Role
Bette Midler The Rose (Mary Rose Foster)
Alan Bates Rudge Campbell
Frederic Forrest Houston Dyer
Harry Dean Stanton Billy Ray
Barry Primus Dennis
David Keith Pfc. Mal
Sandra McCabe Sarah Willingham
Doris Roberts Rose's mother (non-speaking role)

Bette Midler (born December 1, 1945) is an American singer, actress, and comedian, also known to her fans as The Divine Miss M. She is named after the actress Bette Davis although Davis pronounced her first name in two syllables, and Midler uses one. ... Alan Bates as butler in Gosford Park (2001) Sir Alan Arthur Bates CBE, (February 17, 1934 – December 27, 2003) was a British actor. ... Frederic Forrest (born December 23, 1936 in Waxahachie, Texas) is an American actor. ... Harry Dean Stanton (born July 14, 1926 in West Irvine, Kentucky, USA) is an American actor. ... Barry Primus (born February 16, 1938 in New York City) is an American television and film actor. ... David Keith (born May 8, 1954 in Knoxville, Tennessee) is an American actor and director. ... Doris May Roberts (b. ...

Plot summary

In 1969, Mary Rose Foster is a famous rock 'n' roll diva known as The Rose. Although a success, she is burnt out and lonely but is kept working by her gruff, greedy manager and promoter Rudge Campbell. Though loud and brassy, Rose is an insecure alcoholic and former drug user who seems to crave approval in her life. As such, she is determined to return to her hometown, now as a superstar. After being humiliated by a country singing star named Billy Ray whose songs she performs in her show, Rose takes off with a limousine driver named Houston Dyer and begins a romance with him. They hang out at a nightclub, where Rose used to perform, only for her to sing with a bunch of female impersonators. King Alcohol and his Prime Minister circa 1820 Alcoholism is the consumption of or preoccupation with alcoholic beverages to the extent that this behavior interferes with the alcoholics normal personal, family, social, or work life. ... Look up limousine in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


Rudge thinks Houston is just another hanger on, but Rose thinks she has finally met her true love. Houston tells her that he is actually an AWOL sergeant from the Army, and she tells him of her past in Florida. They have a rocky relationship and her lifestyle of "Drugs, Sex, and Rock & Roll" and constant touring lead her to an inevitable breakdown. The final act that breaks them apart is him witnessing her passionately kissing her former lesbian lover Sarah Willingham. In the film's ending, Rose collapses on stage from a fatal drug overdose in the opening minutes of her long-awaited homecoming concert in Florida. AWOL (pronounced a-wall) is an acronym for the United States and other armed forces expression Absent WithOut Leave or Absence Without Official Leave. The United States Marine Corps and the United States Navy use the term Unauthorized Absence (UA) instead. ... The Army is the branch of the United States armed forces which has primary responsibility for land-based military operations. ... Official language(s) English Capital Tallahassee Largest city Jacksonville Largest metro area Miami metropolitan area Area  Ranked 22nd  - Total 65,795[1] sq mi (170,304[1] km²)  - Width 361 miles (582 km)  - Length 447 miles (721 km)  - % water 17. ... A lesbian is a woman who is romantically and sexually attracted only to other women. ...


DVD details

  • Release date: August 19, 2003
  • Anamorphic Widescreen
  • Aspect Ratio: 1:85:1
  • Audio tracks: English Dolby Digital 4.0 [CC]
English Dolby Digital Surround [CC]
French Dolby Digital Surround
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Special Features: Audio commentary by director Mark Rydell
Theatrical trailer
  • Running time: 125 minutes

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External links


  Results from FactBites:
 
The Rose (film) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (413 words)
In 1969, Mary Rose Foster is a famous rock 'n' roll diva known as The Rose.
Rose is an alcoholic and former drug user and she has a tough past from growing up in Florida.
In the film's ending, Rose collapsed on stage from a fatal drug overdose during her hometown concert in Florida.
Great Lakes Film - The Rose Technique (354 words)
Rose would never have appointed herself guardian of the public virtue, but neither will she turn away from people who need to be guided back onto the path of decency and emotional responsibility.
Consequently, of course, Dr. Rose has to resort to tough love from time to time – to employ some – unorthodox therapies, but only in the cause of deep healing and psychic growth.
However, when Dr. Rose carries her technique to its bloody excess, more than the deadwood is eliminated and she is confronted by the humiliating consequences.
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