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The Rose (7-Nov-1979)

Director: Mark Rydell

Writers: Bill Kerby; Bo Goldman

Music Arranged and Supervised by: Paul A. Rothchild

Producers: Marvin Worth; Aaron Russo

Keywords: Drama, Rock and Roll

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Victor Argo
5-Nov-1934 6-Apr-2004 Taxi Driver and Mean Streets
Jonathan Banks
31-Jan-1947   Frank McPike on Wiseguy
Alan Bates
17-Feb-1934 27-Dec-2003 Basil in Zorba the Greek
Rudy Bond
1-Oct-1912 29-Mar-1982 A Streetcar Named Desire
Frederic Forrest
23-Dec-1936   Apocalypse Now
David Keith
8-May-1954   Firestarter
Bette Midler
1-Dec-1945   Ol' Red Hair
Barry Primus
16-Feb-1938   Gold Coast
Doris Roberts
4-Nov-1925 17-Apr-2016 Marie on Everybody Loves Raymond
Harry Dean Stanton
14-Jul-1926 15-Sep-2017 Bathrobe-clad actor from Repo Man
Jack Starrett
Film Director
2-Nov-1936 27-Mar-1989 Cleopatra Jones


Bette Midler   ...   Rose
Alan Bates   ...   Rudge
Frederic Forrest   ...   Dyer
Barry Primus   ...   Dennis
Sandra McCabe   ...   Sarah
David Keith   ...   Mal
Harry Dean Stanton   ...   Billy Ray
Will Hare   ...   Mr. Leonard
Rudy Bond   ...   Monty
Don Calfa   ...   Don Frank
James Keane   ...   Dealer
Doris Roberts   ...   Rose's Mother
Sandy Ward   ...   Rose's Father
Michael Greer   ...   Emcee
Claude Sacha   ...   Female Impersonator
Michael St. Laurent   ...   Female Impersonator
Sylvester   ...   Female Impersonator
Pearl Heart   ...   Female Impersonator
Butch Ellis   ...   Waiter
Richard Dioguardi   ...   Trucker
John Dennis Johnston   ...   Milledge
Jonathan Banks   ...   Television Promoter
Jack O'Leary   ...   Short Order Cook
Luke Andreas   ...   Trucker
Harry Northup   ...   Skinny Guy
Cherie Latimer   ...   Secretary
Seamon Glass   ...   Trucker
Pat Corley   ...   Police Chief
Dennis Erdman   ...   Billy Ray's Kid
Hugh Gillin   ...   Guard
Joyce Roth   ...   Waitress in Airport
Frank Speiser   ...   Reporter at Rose's House
Constance Cawlfield   ...   Reporter
Annie McGuire   ...   Don Frank's Wife
Hildy Brooks   ...   Waitress in Diner
Jack Starrett   ...   Dee
Dimo Condos   ...   Reporter
Lorrie Davis   ...   Reporter
David Garfield   ...   Reporter
Kathryn Grody   ...   Reporter
Jack Hollander   ...   Reporter
Sandra Seacat   ...   Reporter
Chip Zien   ...   Reporter
Ted Harris   ...   Reporter
Victor Argo   ...   Lockerman
Kelly Boyd   ...   Blonde Girl in Leonard's
Cyndi Gottfried   ...   Redhaired Girl in Leonard's
L. D. Frazier   ...   Doorman at Nightclub
Lawrence Guardino   ...   Cop at Police Station
Tom Kubiak   ...   Cab Driver
Phil Rubenstein   ...   Pot Belly
Charlie McCarthy   ...   Cop in Luxor Baths
The Rose Band
Danny Weis   ...   Band Member
Louis Buchanan   ...   Band Member
Norton Buffalo   ...   Band Member
Pentti (Whitey) Glan   ...   Band Member
Steve Hunter   ...   Band Member
Jerome Noel Jumonville   ...   Band Member
Mark Leonard   ...   Band Member
Mark Underwood   ...   Band Member
Billy Ray Band
Rodney Dillard   ...   Band Member
Douglas Dillard   ...   Band Member
Byron Berline   ...   Band Member
Club 77 Band
Mark Jordan   ...   Band Member
Fred Beckmeier   ...   Band Member
David Kalish   ...   Band Member
Gary Ferguson   ...   Band Member
Steve Berlin   ...   Band Member
Monty's Band
Greg Prestopino   ...   Band Member
Bill Elliot   ...   Band Member
Jon Sholle   ...   Band Member
Scott Chambers   ...   Band Member
Harry Stinson   ...   Band Member


Review by anonymous (posted on 12-Sep-2006)

While some have said that the Rose is all out of sync,that it doesnt follow the life of Janis Joplin,(Which it was VERY loosely based on)that it is hokey,...I dont agree with any of it. This film isnt meant to be an epic,but rather perhaps a lesson in excess. That life can be hell if you let it get out of control. This is simply a look at one individual who let that happen. Drugs,booze,and life on the road. Put it all together,and it can kill you. While I am not a real fan of Bette Midler,she slammed her role into the faces of the viewers,vibrant life exploded from her character,even to the inevitable ending. Her manager,Rudge Campbell,who was played brilliantly by Alan Bates,was responsible for an out of control rock star who didnt care what she did or who she angered along the way. Rudge is so well rounded as a character that we cant tell if he is a cut throat manager,or just a manager who is bound by all the dates,responsabilities,and contracts that were signed by he and Rose. Yet,with all,it can almost be read that he is in love with her as well. Bates stands out,every bit as much as Midler,as someone who is going slowly crazy trying to keep everything together,but cant without Midler's help. Which she has no wish to give. Instead,she wishes to stop in the middle of the tour,leaving him to do the explaining. It is his character I remember and felt the deepest,oddly enough. He is the reason I keep going back,along with an outstanding soundtrack. Each and every song is incredibly done by Midler,with all the power she doesnt have in her shows as a preformer outside of the film. As I stated,I am not a big fan of hers,but she is a good singer. If she had done more music like what she did in the Rose,perhaps I would be.Still,she's proven one thing to me. She can do many more diverse things than I thought she could do,and is a great actress as well. Sadly,Alan Bates died in 2003.

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