The Rose (1979)

The Rose 1979

US Title:
The Rose
Year:
1979
Country:
US
Director:
Mark Rydell


What’s It About?
A 1960’s rock star struggles with drugs and alcohol, a tyrannical business manager, the pressures of life on the road, and a past that she can’t quite escape. The film is reportedly loosely based on the life of Janis Joplin.

Short Review: 100 Words or Less (no spoilers)
Bette Midler gives an incredible performance here, portraying such a strong, conflicted and dynamic character. The story is powerful, but it is also sobering: watching Rose look for love and validation in all the wrong places, trying to assert herself in a world dominated by men who use her, continually having her heart broken, and desperately trying to escape from her past. It gets a little dark at times, but always remains authentic. There are also some great vocal performances. My favorites are: Stay and When a Man Loves a Woman. (The Rose doesn’t actually play until the end credits.)

Final Grade: A-

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