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Rambling Rose Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

Rambling Rose is the most part a flashback, related by grown-up Southerner Buddy Hillyer (John Heard). The bulk of the film takes place in 1935, when rambunctious backwoods housekeeper Rose (Laura Dern) virtually invades the Hillyer household. Daddy Hillyer (Robert Duvall), a bed-rock Southern gentleman, welcomes the congenitally amoral but basically goodhearted Rose into his house, carefully fending off her ill-timed romantic advances. But Rose can't help feeling smitten with him; meanwhile, she has also drawn the attentions of 13-year-old Buddy (Lukas Haas). Based on the novel by screenwriter Calder Willingham, Rambling Rose was not the box-office breakthrough that many expected for director Martha Coolidge; though it fizzled financially, the film did manage to secure Oscar nominations for both Dern and her real-life mother Diane Ladd. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:September 20, 1991

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Independent Spirit Awards Robert Duvall Best Actor 1991 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Laura Dern Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama 1991 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Laura Dern Best Actress 1991 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Martha Coolidge Best Director 1991 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Diane Ladd Best Supporting Actress 1991 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Diane Ladd Best Supporting Actress 1991 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Johnny E. Jensen Best Cinematography 1991 Nominee

Cast

Laura Dern
as Rose
Robert Duvall
as Daddy Hillyer
Diane Ladd
as Mother Hillyer
Lukas Haas
as Willcox "Buddy" Hillyer
John Heard
as Willcox Hillyer
Kevin Conway
as Dr. Martinson
Robert John Burke
as Police Chief David Wilkie
Lisa Jakub
as Doll Hillyer
Evan Lockwood
as Waski Hillyer
Matt Sutherland
as Billy
Jeffrey Smith
as Stand-In
Richard Olsen
as Chief of Police
Michael Mott
as Man in Store
James Binns
as Minister
Dale Robertson
as Young Salesman
Michael Gwynne
D. Anthony Pender
as Foster
Aleta Helena Chappelle

Crew

Martha Coolidge
Director
Renny Harlin
Producer
Karen Koch
Producer
Laurie Parker
Producer
Mario Kassar
Producer
Nancy Tenenbaum
Producer
Nick Wechsler
Producer
Calder Willingham
Book Author
Calder Willingham
Screenwriter
Johnny E. Jensen
Cinematographer
Bojan Bazelli
Cinematographer
Thomas Newman
Composer (Music Score)
Elmer Bernstein
Composer (Music Score)
Suzanne Fenn
Editor
Steven Cohen
Editor
John Vallone
Production Designer
Robin Standefer
Production Designer
Susan Benjamin
Art Director
Edgar J. Scherick
Executive Producer
Jane Robinson
Costume Designer
Robert Gould
Set Decorator
Greg Hull
Special Effects
Aleta Helena Chappelle
Casting
Mary Kane
Production Manager
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