There are not many movies that actually leave an impact on me, but "The Rose" did just that. I still felt the pain, sorrow, dismay, and hurt that Rose felt right along with the impact of her dynamic performances for weeks after I viewed the film - Midler was indeed that good. I do not want to spoil the ending if you have not seen it; but I will say that even though the ending was expected, it still left me reeling with emotion. This movie actually hooked me from the beginning to the tragic end.
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The Rose is a 1979 American musical drama film which tells the story of a self-destructive 1960s rock star who struggles to cope with the constant pressures of her career and the demands of her ruthless business manager. The film stars Bette Midler, Alan Bates, Frederic Forrest, Harry Dean Stanton, Barry Primus, and David Keith.
The story is loosely based on the life of singer Janis Joplin. Originally titled Pearl, after Joplin's nickname, and the title ofher last album, it was fictionalized after her family declined to allow the producers the rights to her story. It was written by Bill Kerby, and Bo Goldman from a story by Bill Kerby, and directed by Mark Rydell.
The Rose was nominated for four Academy Awards including Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Frederic Forrest), Best Actress in a Leading Role (Bette Midler, in her screen debut), Best Film Editing and Best Sound.