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The Rose

4.5 out of 5 stars 244 customer reviews

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In an Oscar-nominated performance, Bette Midler portays a rock star whose success is laced with so much booze, drugs and hard-living, it eventually causes her downfall. Trapped in a self-created hell Rose begs her manager (Alan Bates) for time off from her concert tour. When he refuses, she seeks compfort and love in the arms of a handsome driffter (Frederic Forrest), but even he cannot handle her life of excess. Electrifying musical numbers, including the hit song "The Rose" make the film a pop culture classic.

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  • Actors: Bette Midler, Jonathan Banks, Alan Bates, Luke Andreas, Hildy Brooks
  • Directors: Mark Rydell
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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    Restricted
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: August 19, 2003
  • Run Time: 125 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (244 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JLN2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,075 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Rose" on IMDb

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Those of us of a certain age well remember the ultra-talented and ultimately doomed 60s icon, Janis Joplin.
In this thinly disguised Joplin biography, Bette Midler outdoes herself as an out-of-control, incredibly talented, self-destructive singer who turns to the bottle, sex, and anything else she can to hide from her intense inner pain. It sounds like a cliche, and by now it is, but that was Janis--and Bette does her one better. Her angst shines through with great poignancy, even when she is belting out hit after hit, responding to her audience as though she is making love.
Hard living, hard boozing, and bent on destroying herself, the singer has us riveted to her story. Her tearful phone call to the father who never approved of her is one of the high points of the film: Bette pulls out the stops.
Alan Bates is divine as always as the singer's manager, but this film belongs to Bette. If you are not aware of Midler's incredibly wide-ranged talent, this is the perfect movie. It can make you a lifelong fan.
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Bette Midler is heartbreaking as the woman who becomes known to the world and herself as, The Rose. Her life takes many unexpected twists and turns before the unforgettable and shocking ending is revealed. Bette Midler pours her heart and soul out in her Oscar nominated performance, for Best Actress of 1979, and her dedication shines through, Enjoy! This film also won a Golden Globe for best song and best actress in a comedy/musical movie- Bette Midler, Congratulations! 11
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This 1979 film, for which star Bette Midler received an Oscar nomination, is a jolting, intense, and hypnotic portrayal of a famous rock star named The Rose. In this film, the viewer witnesses firsthand her life and death struggles with drugs, alcohol, and her vile manager, Rudge. (played by Alan Bates) This film in no way glamorizes the life of rock stars-it does precisely the opposite. It is a commentary on the sad life of someone who appears to have everything, but who in reality has nothing. The end will stun you, and Midler gives a stellar performance that you will NEVER forget. HIGHLY recommended.
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Actually, as a movie simply taken as that (a movie) the film isn't so great, but as a concert film, its one of the greatest of all times... tied together buy the tragic rise to fame/pressures of success in "da biz" story... as a showcase for the Divine Miss M's enormous talents and a great rock and roll films with incredible high energy its probably the best ever made. The onstage scenes are among the best ever captured on film... Bette Middler, the band, and the entire production company were obviously in top form. At the time and even now no one accept maybe Tina Turner) was anything like her... Most of the shooting even puts to shame the "live concerts" you see on MTV today, even with the latest state of the art technology ! ! !

Loosely based on the life of Janis Joplin, the film doesn't really go much into her upbringing, origins and rise to stardom, but moreso shows her demise at the hands of her greedy manager who simply won't let her quit... She does her best to "get away" (acting out, escaping, wreaking havoc, falling in love, going on drinking binges) between the concernts, but can never quite escape... and always winds back on the stage, which is where she shines and perhaps the only place she was meant to be... and with a band like that, why not ? I remember playing the soundtrack over and over again as a child. Incidentally two other great "concert films" were made in this era, THE JAZZ SINGER (starring Neil Diamond as a rock and roll singer who marries a shikseh and decides to strut his stuff on Yom Kippur to the aghast of his alte kakker father) and the (deservedly) much forgotten WAY OF THE WORLD, featuring live concert footage of Earth Wind and Fire... The BLUES BROTHERS would follow a few years later...
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By A Customer on July 23, 2003
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THE ROSE, for its bravura performance by Bette Midler in a Joplinesque tale of the excesses and pitfalls of fame, has difficulty finding its own legs some 25 years after its release. While the movie packs a wallop by the end in emotional intensity, the lead in is far too predictable to keep this from being entirely riveting. The other problem with this film, and perhaps its biggest flaw, is the overuse of concert scenes. While these are full of energy and excitement, they tend to drag the plot down considerably. Yes, we have some clue that Rose works her [tail] off, but the extent to which we see this tends to hurt the film's pacing. THE ROSE is not a classic movie but a classic PERFORMANCE by Midler. Her acting career has been a spotty one at best and THE ROSE is by far her greatest achievement. Midler's performance is full of paradox: touching yet abrasive, sensitive yet ribald, comic yet tragic. THE ROSE is BETTE MIDLER...the only reason this film hasn't passed into "forgotten Hollywood".
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Almost everyone I know, including those who only recently first watched it, is simply blown away. The concert sequences are so jump'in and Bette Midler is so great at rock and roll that you actually ask if the Rose was a real person. But the video quality is so poor that I cannot give a final 5th but highly deserved star. The year 2000 is the 30 anniversary of Janis Joplin's death. Mayber something by then?
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