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Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael (1990)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 12 October 1990 (USA)
A small town prepares for the homecoming of superstar Roxy Carmichael, as does a young outsider, who believes Roxy is her mother.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Denton Webb
Elizabeth Zaks
Gerald Howells
Barbara Webb
Les Bossetti
Rochelle Bossetti
Robby Kiger ...
Beannie Billings
Evelyn Whittacher
Libby Ohiemacher
Mayor Bill Klepler (as Stephen Tobolowski)
Micole Mercurio ...
Louise Garweski
John Short ...
Ronald Reems
Scotty Sandholtzer
Miss Day Ashburn (as Valerie Landsberg)


Although Roxy left town more than fifteen years ago, her memory has never faded. Her expected return starts to impact a number of lives, including that of her former partner Denton Webb. But it is Dinky, the adopted daughter of the Bossettis and ignored by most of her classmates as a strange loner, who may be most changed. She is convinced she is Roxie's secret child. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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She doesn't want much. Just a whole new life.


Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

12 October 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Roxy  »

Box Office


$3,989,297 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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When Evelyn shows up at Roxy's welcome home party, her ponytail is not the same color as the rest of her hair. See more »


Dinky Bossetti: From a deep, immaculate kiss she spread her two ripe, dripping limbs and then I happened.
Teacher: I beg your pardon.
Dinky Bossetti: And the moon throbbed and fought with an angry sun all that day and all that night. Until it forced me out.
Teacher: Dinky!
Dinky Bossetti: Now I scald here... alone. Touch me. With your white words and your dead hands. Now before I freeze.
Teacher: That'll be enough!
Dinky Bossetti: And become one of you.
Teacher: DINKY!
Dinky Bosseti: You interrupted me.
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Words by Johnny Burke
Music by Erroll Garner
Performed by Johnny Mathis
Courtesy of CBS Records, Music Licensing Department
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In Roxy's eyes
30 October 2004 | by See all my reviews

'Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael", is an endearing, and utterly underrated picture, with more heart and intelligence than it is given credit for. Winona Ryder's portrayal of a sexually confused, socially dysfunctional, and emotionally reserved character, is charming and convincing, bringing truth and credibility to the film. Set over a week dedicated to the return of obscure legend, "Roxy Carmichael", whose most famous contribution to society was having her name in a song, in the small town of Clyde, Dinky Bosseti (Winona Ryder), feels a connection for the first time in her life. The film focuses on the need for mother/ daughter relationships through adolescence, and the sexual development of a young woman through self-discovery and fascination. Relationships between her guidance councillor, her adopted father, and a young town's boy, contrast the romantic appeal of celebrity to highlight the importance of human interaction, allowing for Ryder's character to re-assess her life. If you pass this film in the "comedy" section of your video store, as it is so wrongly placed, pick it up. You will be surprised. If you have ever felt detached from society, or inadequate (particularly during your teenage years), this film is something you will certainly relate to.

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