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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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Denton Webb
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Elizabeth Zaks
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Gerald Howells
Joan McMurtrey ...
Barbara Webb
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Les Bossetti
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Rochelle Bossetti
Robby Kiger ...
Beannie Billings
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Evelyn Whittacher
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Libby Ohiemacher
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Mayor Bill Klepler (as Stephen Tobolowski)
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Louise Garweski
John Short ...
Ronald Reems
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Scotty Sandholtzer
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Miss Day Ashburn (as Valerie Landsberg)
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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.

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12 October 1990 (USA)  »

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Roxy  »

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$3,989,297 (USA)
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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 »

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Dinky Bossetti: [discussing her adoptive mother] She told everyone she thought she had Rosemary's baby. She had a thing about that movie.
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Sperate, o figil!
from the opera "Nabucco"
Written by Giuseppe Verdi
Performed by The Chorus of The Vienna State Opera
Vienna Opera Orchestra conducted by Lamberto Gardelli
Aria Performed by Carlo Cava and Bruno Prevedi
Courtesy of London Records, A Division of PolyGram Classics, Inc.
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A nice character study of an adolescent's lonely world
6 August 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Roxy Carmicheal was quite a treat. It showcases a young Winona Ryder's very obvious talent for acting, especially outcast roles, continuing her alternative edged film performances beginning with Lucas and Beetle Juice, which would continue onward into the future. The film viewed as a character study is much more enjoyable than the film viewed as a story about the prodigal homecoming of the immortalized Roxy Carmicheal to which the title refers. The real beauty of the film is witnessing the trials, the pathos, the dilemmas, and the funny stunts of social misfit Dinky (Ryder's character). I fell in love with this character, seeing her as almost a female equivalent to myself (or as I once was anyway). If you are in any way a misfit or rebel, whether you are male or female, you will instantly relate and have empathy for the character of Dinky, who virtually carries the film on her back (due credit should be given to Jeff Daniels' performance though, as another testimonial to his fine dramatic acting abilities). Unfortunately it somehow does not really work as a unified whole, but I agree with those who say this is underrated. It succeeds in creating a memorable and poignant atmosphere that may linger in the viewers' hearts and minds for a time afterward.


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