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The Rose

Producers haven't flinched from picking the scabs off the body of 1960s rock-and-roll. While there are certainly similarities to the tragic story of Janis Joplin, The Rose emerges as its own self-contained tale.

Producers haven’t flinched from picking the scabs off the body of 1960s rock-and-roll. While there are certainly similarities to the tragic story of Janis Joplin, The Rose emerges as its own self-contained tale.

What’s puzzling is that the screenwriters have chosen to dwell solely on the downward career spiral of Bette Midler’s character, known on and off-stage as The Rose.

Revolving around the star are various satellites, including boyfriend Frederic Forrest, manager Alan Bates and road manager Barry Primus.

Result is an ultra-realistic look at the infusion of money, sex, drugs and booze into the simple process of singing a song, a chore Midler does faultlessly in several excellent concert sequences.

1979: Nominations: Best Actress (Bette Midler), Supp. Actor (Frederic Forrest), Editing, Sound

The Rose

  • Production: 20th Century-Fox. Director Mark Rydell; Producer Marvin Worth; Screenplay Bill Kerby, Bo Goldman; Camera Vilmos Zsigmond; Editor Robert L. Wolfe; Music Paul A. Rothchild; Art Director Richard MacDonald
  • Crew: (Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1979. Running time: 134 MIN.
  • With: Bette Midler Alan Bates Frederic Forrest Harry Dean Stanton Barry Primus David Keith
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