The Rose

Bette Midler turns in a magnificent performance as a dissipated, Janis Joplin-like rock singer. Exhausted from touring, Rose (Midler) tells her manager (Alan Bates) that she wants a year off to rest, and when he resists, the singer goes into a tailspin. One night she picks up Dyer (Frederic Forrest), a chauffeur, and embarks on the most fulfilling romance...read more

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Bette Midler turns in a magnificent performance as a dissipated, Janis Joplin-like rock singer. Exhausted from touring, Rose (Midler) tells her manager (Alan Bates) that she wants a year off to rest, and when he resists, the singer goes into a tailspin. One night she picks up Dyer

(Frederic Forrest), a chauffeur, and embarks on the most fulfilling romance of her life. Dyer cannot deal with the penalties of fame that come with Rose's success, however, and eventually he leaves her to her music. A triumphant performance before a hometown audience turns out to be her last as

the troubled singer resorts to a fatal combination of booze and drugs. Midler successfully brings her charged stage persona to the screen, presenting a convincing portrait of the backstage life of a rock 'n' roll performer. Forrest, as the chauffeur, and Harry Dean Stanton, in a cameo as a country

singer, add an earthy contrast to the glamorous aspects of rock stardom. Only Bates is wasted in a relatively minor role as the manager whose hunger for success is greater than Rose can handle.

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  • Released: 1979
  • Rating: R
  • Review: Bette Midler turns in a magnificent performance as a dissipated, Janis Joplin-like rock singer. Exhausted from touring, Rose (Midler) tells her manager (Alan Bates) that she wants a year off to rest, and when he resists, the singer goes into a tailspin. On… (more)

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