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Roxanne (1987)

PG | | Comedy, Romance | 19 June 1987 (USA)
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The large-nosed C.D. Bales is in love with the beautiful Roxanne; she falls for his personality but another man's looks.

Director:

Fred Schepisi

Writers:

Edmond Rostand (play), Steve Martin (screenplay)
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Martin ... C. D. Bales
Daryl Hannah ... Roxanne
Rick Rossovich ... Chris
Shelley Duvall ... Dixie
John Kapelos ... Chuck
Fred Willard ... Mayor Deebs
Max Alexander ... Dean
Michael J. Pollard ... Andy
Steve Mittleman Steve Mittleman ... Ralston
Damon Wayans ... Jerry
Matt Lattanzi ... Trent
Shandra Beri Shandra Beri ... Sandy
Blanche Rubin Blanche Rubin ... Sophie
Jane Campbell Jane Campbell ... Dottie
Jean Sincere ... Nina
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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 June 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Roksana See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,582,398, 21 June 1987, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$40,050,884
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Prior to the film's first release, director Fred Schepisi promised: "There are some classic scenes from 'Cyrano de Bergerac' that are going to surprise people in 'Roxanne'. It has heart, romance and poignancy, in great balance, and a lot of great comedians". See more »

Goofs

When Roxanne is hiding outside the firehouse, and C.D. offers her a blanket, she says "No - I'm fine standing naked out here in the cold", she later says that she was being ironic. Except she wasn't, she was being sarcastic. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
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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Crazy Credits

Roxanne tells Charlie that she has named the comet 'Comet Charlie' - after her dad. See more »

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I'm Walkin'
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Martin shines in average rom com
16 May 2008 | by StampsfightclubSee all my reviews

Steve Martin (The man with two brains) stars as fire chief Charlie Bales, a man with a big nose. This unusual feature makes him believe he will be able to be with a girl he has just met, the beautiful Roxanne.

Martin gives a good performance as the insecure but happy fire chief. His best moment is the famous bar scene where he is challenged to think of 20 insults regarding his big nose, which is the most interesting point of the film.

The over sized nose is the big talking point of the town and the use of it was quite interesting as it brought out a touching subject regarding appearance and what other people though of it. As the film is a comedy it is the focus on pretty much all of the jokes and uses it well, with Martin's comedy experience proving vital to make the nose jokes work. His reactions are excellent, the bar scene and the opening sequence with the two men. The fact Martin did all of his own stunts was a fact I couldn't believe because there are some very difficult manoeuvres that he has to do but all are executed brilliantly.

The plot is consistent, with many good jokes and a sweet storyline regarding the fire chief and the woman he has fallen for. Sadly it follows up the conventional romantic story line. Don't get me wrong I love romantic films but a bit of variety every now and again wouldn't hurt.

Rossovich and Hannah are good enough in their roles but are completely outshone by Martin. They had pretty conventional roles and always seemed to give the film predictability rather than spontaneity. Though that is also down to some cheesy and poor dialogue.

Martin's performance however is enough to carry the film from start to finish and had the film been longer or varied from the usual romantic conventions, then this would be the perfect romantic comedy.


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