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The War of the Roses

The War of the Roses is a U.S. comedy film (1989) starring Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner as a couple in the midst of a bitter divorce, and Danny DeVito as their friend and lawyer. The film is based on the novel by Warren Adler[?] (ISBN 1931304564).

In both the novel and the movie, the married couple's family name is Rose. At the same time, the title of the book/film alludes to the battles between the Houses of York and Lancaster at the end of the Middle Ages (see Wars of the Roses). Interestingly, in the German-speaking world, since the release of the movie the word Rosenkrieg (a literal translation of "War of the Roses") has come to denote such a bitter fight for material possessions (and maybe also for custody of the children) as depicted in the film, with most speakers completely unaware of the word's origins.

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