Rose, is taken in by the Hillyer family to serve as a 1930s housemaid so that she can avoid falling into a life of prostitution. Rose’s appearence and personality is such that all men fall for her, and Rose knows it. She can’t help herself from getting into trouble with men. “Daddy” Hillier soon grows tired of Rose’s rambling ways. –IMDb
Martha Coolidge (born August 17, 1946) is an American film director and former President of the Directors Guild of America.
Born in New Haven, Connecticut, Ms. Coolidge first made her reputation by directing many award winning documentaries in New York before moving out to Hollywood in 1976. She spent several years as a part of the Zoetrope Studio created by Francis Coppola. Her breakthrough film in Hollywood was the independently produced Valley Girl (1983). In that film she launched the career of Nicolas Cage. Her film Rambling Rose (1991) won three IFP Independent Spirit Awards for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Supporting Actress for Diane Ladd, and earned Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for Ms. Ladd and Laura Dern (Best Actress). Rambling Rose was universally well reviewed and made virtually all the top ten lists for the year. Despite a limited release hampered by economic problems suffered by the production company the film played for months without advertising… read more
Entertaining but uneven period drama from director Martha Coolidge. Excellent performances - Laura Dern, Robert Duvall, and Diane Ladd are all in top form. The story is hit or miss; it moves too fast in the beginning and, though it does have a number of strong moments, it sometimes feels rushed and muddled (Calder Willingham adapted his own novel, possibly compressing it a bit too much, a bit more subtlety would have been more effective) and it is hampered by a hokey framing device with an incredibly cheesy final scene. But ultimately, it's worth watching for the performances alone. Strong, if sometimes over-the-top, score by Elmer Bernstein.