The Rose ★★★ 1979 (R)
Modeled after the life of Janis Joplin, Midler plays a young, talented and self-destructive blues/ rock singer. Professional triumphs don't stop her lonely restlessness and confused love affairs. The best exhibition of the rock and roll world outside of documentaries. Electrifying film debut for Midler features an incredible collection of songs. ♫Fire Down Below; I've Written A Letter to Daddy; Let Me Call You Sweetheart; The Rose; Stay With Me; Camellia; Sold My Soul To Rock 'n' Roll; Keep On Rockin'; When A Man Loves a Woman. 134m/C VHS, DVD . Bette Midler, Alan Bates, Frederic Forrest, Harry Dean Stanton, David Keith; D: Mark Rydell; C: Vilmos Zsigmond. Golden Globes '80: Actress—Mus./Comedy (Midler), Song (“The Rose”); Natl. Soc. Film Critics '79: Support. Actor (Forrest).