In an Oscar-nominated performance, Bette Midler portrays a Janis Joplin-like rock star whose success is laced with so much booze, drugs and hard-living it eventually causes her downfall. Trapped in a self-created hell, Rose begs her manager (Alan Bates) for time off from her concert tour. When he refuses, she seeks comfort and love in the arms of a handsome drifter (Frederic Forrest), but even he cannot handler her life of excess. Electrifying musical numbers, including the hit song "The Rose" make the film pop culture classic.