Divine Madness (film)

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Divine Madness
Divine Madness poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Michael Ritchie
Produced by Michael Ritchie
Written by Jerry Blatt
Bette Midler
Bruce Vilanch
Starring Bette Midler
Music by Tom Jans
Cinematography William A. Fraker
Production
company
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release dates
  • September 26, 1980 (1980-09-26)
Running time
94 minutes
Country U.S.
Language English
Box office $5,318,098

Divine Madness is a 1980 concert film directed by Michael Ritchie, and featuring Bette Midler during her 1979 concert at Pasadena's Civic Auditorium. The 94-minute film features Midler's stand-up comedy routines as well as 16 songs, including "Big Noise From Winnetka," "Paradise," "Shiver Me Timbers," "Fire Down Below," "Stay With Me," "My Mother’s Eyes," "Chapel of Love/Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy," "Do You Want to Dance," "You Can’t Always Get What You Want/I Shall Be Released", "The E-Street Shuffle/Summer (The First Time)/"Leader of the Pack" and "The Rose".

Richie filmed four of Midler's concerts on the tour and cut them together to look like one. Divine Madness was released in 1980 to relative critical success. Chicago Sun-Times film critic Roger Ebert awarded the film three and a half stars, saying that the film's only weakness was that there was not "enough close-up shots of the audience". The tracks "Shiver Me Timbers" and "Rainbow Sleeve" were edited out of the Home Video Version. Divine Madness has been re-released on DVD but as yet only in the US.

Music[edit]

For further info see Divine Madness (Bette Midler album)

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