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Divine Madness (1980)

In 1980, the head usher at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium gives his crew a pep talk: he wants tonight's "Betty Midler" show to go smoothly. He's a little worried about risque language, ... See full summary »

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Michael Ritchie
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bette Midler ... Self / The Divine Miss M
Jocelyn Brown Jocelyn Brown ... The Harlettes
Ula Hedwig Ula Hedwig ... The Harlettes
Diva Gray Diva Gray ... The Harlettes
Irving Sudrow Irving Sudrow ... Head Usher
Tony Berg Tony Berg ... Band Vocals
Jon Bonine Jon Bonine ... Band Vocals
Joey Carbone Joey Carbone ... Band Vocals
Randy Kerber ... Band Vocals
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In 1980, the head usher at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium gives his crew a pep talk: he wants tonight's "Betty Midler" show to go smoothly. He's a little worried about risque language, Liberace recently gave him a scare. Then, boom, there she is, with her backup trio, "The Harlettes," going from rock to ballad to medley, from "Big Noise From Winnetka" to "I Shall Be Released." It's a concentration of camp: she imitates Sophie Tucker, she's mermaid Dolores Delago, and between every song, it's non-stop movement and lots of raunchy patter. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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crude humor | concert film | See All (2) »

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Bette Midler is Divine Madness See more »


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R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 September 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Divine Madness See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$769,787, 28 September 1980

Gross USA:

$5,318,098

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,318,098
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Production Co:

The Ladd Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The Delores DeLago mermaid character played by Bette Midler was affectionately dubbed "The Toast of Chicago". See more »

Alternate Versions

Home video version does not include two songs, "Rainbow Sleeve" and "Shiver Me Timbers", which were heard in the theatrical version. See more »


Soundtracks

You Can't Always Get What You Want
Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards
Performed by Bette Midler
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Bette's first true hard rock-fest
10 February 2000 | by jamesmkSee all my reviews

Right on the heels of the smash success of "The Rose," "Divine Madness" is Bette in concert - but not the usual Bette in concert up to that point. This is rock and roll, with even some punk rock thrown in ("Paradise") that couldn't have been better nailed if the Sex-Pistols themselves did it. Bette wails on Bob Seger's "Fire Down Below" and blows the roof off the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. Ironically, Bette had the flu when this was filmed, and doesn't like the sound quality of it. Still, "Stay With Me" rips your heart out. Her cover of the Stones' "You Can't Always Get What You Want" mixes with Dylan's "I Shall Be Released" perfectly. And of course, plenty of biting Midler language, vulgarities, and enough camp to keep everyone happy. Anyone questioning whether Midler should be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, this concert alone answers a resounding YES.


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