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Rambling Rose is a 1991 film set in Georgiamarker during The Great Depression starring Laura Dern, Diane Ladd and Robert Duvall, directed by Martha Coolidge.

Ladd and Dern in real life are mother and daughter, and both earned Academy Award nominations for their performances in this film. Edgar J. Scherick served as executive producer. Calder Willingham wrote the original novel in 1972 and later wrote the screenplay for the film.


The film depicts the struggles of Rose (Dern) to stay employed with the Hillyer family and thus avoid the pitfalls of prostitution. As Rose enters the Hillyer family dwelling as a domestic servant, chaos ensues. Rose has a long history of being sexually abused and confuses overt and promiscuous sex with love. She develops a crush on Mr. Hillyer (Duvall) that he resists by citing the example of the Spartans' "thou shalt not pass."marker Meantime, Mrs. Hillyer, who is working on her doctoral dissertation, and is a pronounced feminist, becomes Rose's greatest protector. When Rose turns up sick, it is Mrs. Hillyer who protects her interests as Mr. Hillyer and an unscrupulous physician plot to "fix" Rose's problems for good.

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Rambling Rose is Rated R for strong sexuality/sensuality.

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