The Rose (Midler) needs a break from performing, and in due course promises her new partner that after she plays her home town she will take a year out and get sober. The Rose later realises that her love of performing is too great for a year out. Her partner leaves her and she takes every pill, every drug she can find, and then collapses on stage in a highly dramatic almost disturbing final scene.
I realise as I read back over the few lines of utter garbage that I have written that I will never be able to express my feelings about this film in words, it is a film that has to be watched.
As Bette Midler's greatest fan, all I can say is that her acting is flawless. I have seen films such as "that old feeling" and "outrageous fortune" in which everyone including our dear Bette is very over the top and I was quite shocked when I saw "The Rose". Bette's acting is true and gritty realism, she deserved the golden globe and she should have got the Oscar.
One last remark, if you are expecting a "CC Bloom" character from this film, um... DON'T!!!!
Buy this film otherwise Fr Christmas will realise you have been naughty and will never bring you presents again!!!!