Rambling Rose [DVD] [1991]

Martha Coolidge's endearing Rambling Rose comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. There are no subtitles, but the soundtrack is closed-captioned. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by Coolidge, an interview with the director, an alternate ending, and deleted scenes. Artisan has done a fine job with this disc, although the sound and image quality could have been stronger.
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Special Features

  • Ful;-screen version
  • Digitally mastered
  • 2.0 Dolby Stereo Surround
  • Scene index
  • Interactive menus


Rambling Rose
Rambling Rose is the most part a flashback, related by grown-up Southerner Buddy Hillyer (John Heard). The bulk of the film takes place in 1935, when rambunctious backwoods housekeeper Rose (Laura Dern) virtually invades the Hillyer household. Daddy Hillyer (Robert Duvall), a bed-rock Southern gentleman, welcomes the congenitally amoral but basically goodhearted Rose into his house, carefully fending off her ill-timed romantic advances. But Rose can't help feeling smitten with him; meanwhile, she has also drawn the attentions of 13-year-old Buddy (Lukas Haas). Based on the novel by screenwriter Calder Willingham, Rambling Rose was not the box-office breakthrough that many expected for director Martha Coolidge; though it fizzled financially, the film did manage to secure Oscar nominations for both Dern and her real-life mother Diane Ladd. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Laura Dern
    Laura Dern - Rose
  • Robert Duvall
    Robert Duvall - Daddy Hillyer
  • Diane Ladd
    Diane Ladd - Mother Hillyer
  • Lukas Haas
    Lukas Haas - Willcox "Buddy" Hillyer
  • John Heard
    John Heard - Willcox Hillyer
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