The Rose [Criterion Collection] [2 Discs] [DVD] [1979]

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Special Features

  • Audio commentary featuring Director Mark Rydell
  • New interviews with Rydell, Zsigmond, and actor Bette Midler
  • Archival interviews with Midler and Rydell, with on-set footage
  • Plus: An essay by critic Paula Mejia


The Rose
Bette Midler stars as Rose in this somber drama loosely based on the life of the late Janis Joplin. She plays an ill-fated singer who succumbs to the pressures of performing by indulging in drugs and alcohol. Her sweetheart Dyer (Frederic Forrest) is the former chauffeur who naively tries to save her from self destruction, while her British manager Rudge (Alan Bates) is ultimately blamed for not preventing her inevitable fall. The story mirrors any one of a number of popular singers who have fallen victim to the excess of success. Midler and Forrest were nominated for Oscars for their performances, with Best Editing laurels given to Timothy O'Meara and Robert Wolf. The Rose was a box office smash and was the plum role that elevated Midler to star status in the eyes of the public and Hollywood. ~ Dan Pavlides, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Bette Midler
    Bette Midler - Rose
  • Alan Bates
    Alan Bates - Rudge
  • Frederic Forrest
    Frederic Forrest - Dyer
  • Harry Dean Stanton
    Harry Dean Stanton - Billy Ray
  • Barry Primus
    Barry Primus - Dennis

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