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Divine Madness
Divine Madness poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byMichael Ritchie
Written byJerry Blatt
Bette Midler
Bruce Vilanch
Produced byMichael Ritchie
StarringBette Midler
CinematographyWilliam A. Fraker
Music byTom Jans
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
  • September 26, 1980 (1980-09-26)
Running time
94 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$5,318,098
1981, Bette Midler in Amsterdam promoting the film
1981, Bette Midler in Amsterdam promoting the film

Divine Madness is a 1980 American concert film directed by Michael Ritchie, and featuring Bette Midler and the Harlettes during her 1979 concerts at Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California. 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", "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. 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.


For further info see Divine Madness (Bette Midler album)