The War of the Roses

The War of the Roses (1989)

Once in a lifetime comes a motion picture that makes you feel like falling in love all over again. This is not that movie.

  • Genre: Comedy, Drama, Thriller
  • Release Date: 1989-12-08
  • User Rating: 6.8/10 from 379 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 56min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Jersey Films
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • Director: Danny DeVito
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From 379 Ratings


The Roses, Barbara and Oliver, live happily as a married couple. Then she starts to wonder what life would be like without Oliver, and likes what she sees. Both want to stay in the house, and so they begin a campaign to force each other to leave. In the middle of the fighting is D'Amato, the divorce lawyer. He gets to see how far both will go to get rid of the other, and boy do they go far.

The War of the Roses Trailer

  • Kathleen Turner

    as Barbara Rose
  • Michael Douglas

    as Oliver Rose
  • Danny DeVito

    as Gavin D'Amato
  • Marianne Sägebrecht

    as Susan
  • Dan Castellaneta

    as Man in Chair
  • Sean Astin

    as Josh at 17
  • Heather Fairfield

    as Carolyn at 17
  • G.D. Spradlin

    as Harry Thurmont
  • Peter Brocco

    as Elderly Mourner
  • Peter Donat

    as Jason Larrabee
  • Patricia Allison

    as Maureen
  • Gloria Cromwell

    as Mrs. Marshall
  • Susan Isaacs

    as Auctioneer's Assistant
  • Philip Perlman

    as Bidder at Auction
  • Mary Fogarty

    as Mrs. Dell
  • Harlan Arnold

    as Mr. Dell
  • Rika Hofmann

    as Elke
  • Prince Hughes

    as Bleeding Man
Directing Danny DeVito Director
Production James L. Brooks Producer
Production Arnon Milchan Producer
Writing Michael J. Leeson Screenplay
Writing Warren Adler Novel
Sound David Newman Original Music Composer
Editing Lynzee Klingman Editor
Camera Stephen H. Burum Director of Photography