The War of the Roses

The War of the Roses

Danny DeVito (1989)

15 Certificate


Our Score
This blistering black comedy from Danny DeVito is less an assault on marriage than on the acquisitiveness of Reaganite America. Suggesting that hell is not other people, but other people's possessions, the film rapidly escalates into a frenzy of comic viciousness. Trading slyly on their coy relationship in Romancing the Stone, Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner hurl themselves into their parts, tainting expressions of vengeful glee with real bile. The scene in which Douglas seasons the fish stew is a standout among several wickedly excessive incidents that raise laughs as well as hackles thanks to DeVito's bravura direction.


Two students marry and go on to become a happy, affluent couple, but after several years, they decide to divorce. Neither of them is prepared to give up their luxurious house, turning their separation into a spiteful cycle of one-upmanship and humiliation. Black comedy, starring Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner and Danny DeVito, who also directed.

Cast & Crew

Oliver Rose Michael Douglas (1)
Barbara Rose Kathleen Turner
Gavin D'Amato Danny DeVito
Susan Marianne Sägebrecht
Larrabee Peter Donat
Josh, aged 17 Sean Astin
Carolyn, aged 17 Heather Fairfield
Harry Thurmont G D Spradlin
Josh, aged 10 Trenton Teigen
Carolyn, aged 10 Bethany McKinney
Director Danny DeVito
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Violence and swearingAvailable on: video and DVD