The Rose
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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… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A very compelling performance by Midler bolsters this musical biopic"
‑ Jon Niccum, Lawrence Journal-World
"For rock fans, this is pretty sacred stuff. It has its emotional moments."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"Simply riveting, Bette Midler gives a volcanic, Oscar-nominated performance in this loose adaptation of the tragic life of singer Janis Joplin."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Lenny by way of John Waters."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"Powerful story, brilliant central performance"
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
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