Based on the play "Cyrano de Bergerac", large nosed C.D. Bales falls for the beautiful Roxanne while she falls for his personality but another man's looks.

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Mayor Deebs
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Andy
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Storyline

In Nelson, the chief of the firemen C. D. Bales is a man with complex since he has a huge nose. When his friend Dixie rents her house to the gorgeous student of astronomy Roxanne, he falls in love with her but keeps his feelings as a secret. C.D. hires the handsome fireman Chris and Roxanne asks C.D. to help her to date him. However Chris is an average American with very limited culture and he asks C.D. to help him to get in her pants. C.D. writes letters disclosing his feelings for her and Roxanne is seduced by the man that writes such letters. What will happen when she meets Chris? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Roxanne dreamed of a handsome, intelligent, romantic man. C.D. Bales is two out of three... but looks aren't everything!

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19 June 1987 (USA)  »

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Roksana  »

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$40,050,884 (USA)
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The town's handsome, inarticulate swordsman becomes a tongue-tied firefighter in 'Roxanne'. The source original Cyrano de Bergerac's brave militant regiment has become his inept volunteer fire brigade. C.D. [Bales] fights fires and not battles and rescues treed cats and not ladies' honor. Steve Martin noted: "But the story is still there, the classic story of how this beautiful woman comes to understand whom she really loves". See more »

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When looking through the telescope, a bright red nebula is visible in the field of view. In fact, nebula, when seen through even the biggest telescopes, appear as a gray smudge to the human eye. See more »

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C.D. Bales: Dixie! Hi, how you doing, girl? Yeah, I'm on my way. I'll be there in about five minutes. I'm bringing it! I've only had it a year and a half, I told you I'd return it. OK. So long. Talk to you later. All right. All right. Bye.
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Roxanne tells Charlie that she has named the comet 'Comet Charlie' - after her dad. See more »

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A Cinematic Mongrel
16 February 2003 | by (Nelson) – See all my reviews

This movie is gorgeous. It has the look of La Dolce Vita -- only in color. Now, please, calm down: I'm not saying it's anywhere near as good as La Dolce Vita. I'm just saying that when I look at it, framing-wise, it's clear that Schepisi has done a good amount of homework. (Schepisi is an Italian name, no?)

So we have a more or less Italian take on a French story with an American comic by an Australian director. This probably should have resulted in a horribly expensive exercise in mediocrity. Instead, it's one of the most delightful films ever made. I've used it several times as an antidote to the evening news. Good Christmas gift.


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