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Rambling Rose

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Original title
Rambling Rose
Running time
112 min.
United States United States
Calder Willingham (Novel: Calder Willingham)
Elmer Bernstein
Johnny E. Jensen
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New Line Cinema / Carolco Pictures / Seven Arts Pictures
Drama | Teen/coming-of-age. 1930s. 1970s
Synopsis / Plot
Based on Calder Willinghams novel of the same name, RAMBLING ROSE is a domestic drama set in a small Georgia town during the 1930s. The main character is Rose (Laura Dern), a lower-class girl with a troubled past who takes a job as a live-in maid for the Hillyers, an upper-crust, liberal southern family. Rose quickly wins over her employers with her warmth and spirit, but they are concerned about her promiscuity, which soon has every boy in town at her door. Struggling to resist her innocently seductive ways, the man of the house (Robert Duvall) tries to curb Roses behaviour as she beguiles everyone in the household, including the young Buddy (Lukas Haas), whose sexual awakening is guided by her presence. The cast is rounded out by the strong-minded and independent Mrs. Hillyer (Diane Ladd), who is Laura Derns real life mother; both actresses were nominated for Oscars for their performances.
1991: Academy Awards: 2 Nom. for Best Actress (Dern) & Supp. Actress (Ladd)
1991: Golden Globes: 2 Nom. for Best Actress (Dern) & Supp. Actress (Ladd)
1991: Independent Spirit Awards: 3 Awards including Best Director. 5 Nom.
1991: Montréal World Film Festival: Best Actress (ex aequo) (Laura Dern)
1991: Chicago Film Critics Awards: 3 Nominations, including Best Director
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