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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.

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C. D. Bales
Mayor Deebs
Steve Mittleman ...
Shandra Beri ...
Blanche Rubin ...
Jane Campbell ...
Claire Caplan ...
Thom Curley ...
Drunk #1
Drunk #2
Cosmetic Surgeon
Maureen Murphy ...
Cosmetics Clerk
Stationery Clerk
Make Glavas ...
Peter Quinn
Mrs. Quinn
Bernadette Sabath ...
Girl in Street
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hope North ...
Nurse (uncredited)

Directed by

Fred Schepisi

Written by

Edmond Rostand ... (play "Cyrano de Bergerac")
Steve Martin ... (screenplay)

Produced by

Steve Martin ... executive producer
Daniel Melnick ... producer
Michael Rachmil ... producer

Music by

Bruce Smeaton

Cinematography by

Ian Baker ... director of photography

Film Editing by

John Scott

Editorial Department

Jack Hilton ... assistant editor
Nigel Hollick ... assistant editor: Canada
Dale E. Grahn ... color timer (uncredited)

Casting By

Pennie DuPont ... (as Pennie Du Pont)

Production Design by

Jackson De Govia ... (as Jack DeGovia)

Art Direction by

David Fischer

Set Decoration by

Kimberley Richardson ... (as Kimberly Richardson)

Makeup Department

Donna Bis ... hair stylist
Frank Griffin ... makeup artist: Mr. Martin
Ilona Herman ... makeup artist
Toni-Ann Walker ... hair stylist: Mr. Martin (as Toni Ann Walker)
Michael Westmore ... makeup designer

Production Management

Warren Carr ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Wendy Chesal ... third assistant director
David M. Cyr ... dgc trainee (as David Cyr)
Casey Grant ... second assistant director
Dianne Patrick ... dgc trainee
Michael E. Steele ... first assistant director (as Michael Steele)
Inga Volmer ... dgc trainee

Art Department

Bob Bottieri ... painter
Gary Brooks ... greensman
Geoff Hilliard ... foreman
Michael Nemirsky ... assistant art director
Grant Swain ... property master
David Willson ... construction coordinator
David Hopkins ... painter (uncredited)

Sound Department

B.J. Clayden ... boom operator (as B.J. Clayton)
Don Digirolamo ... re-recording mixer (as Don Di Girolamo)
Jay Engel ... adr editor
Gary S. Gerlich ... sound editorial staff (as Gary Gerlich)
Robert Glass ... re-recording mixer
Chris Glyn-Jones ... cableman (as Chris Glynn-Jones)
David M. Horton ... sound editorial staff (as David Horton)
Robert Knudson ... re-recording mixer
Chester Slomka ... sound editorial staff (as Chet Slomka)
Frank E. Warner ... supervising sound editor (as Frank Warner)
Bill Wylie ... sound editorial staff
Rob Young ... sound mixer

Special Effects by

William H. Orr ... special effects coordinator (as Bill Orr)


Joe Dunne ... stunt coordinator: U.S.
Robert Jauregui ... stuntman (as Bob Jauregui)
Ray Pichette ... stuntman (as Roy Pichette)
John Wardlow ... stunt coordinator: Canada (as V. John Wardlow)

Camera and Electrical Department

John L. Brown ... dolly grip (as John Brown)
Barry Donlevy ... best boy
Les Erskine ... gaffer
Chris Harris ... second assistant camera
Tim Hogan ... key grip (as Tim Hogen)
Joseph Lederer ... still photographer (as Joe Lederer)
John McCallum ... first assistant camera (as Sandy McCallum)
Klaus Melchior ... video assist
Rod Parkhurst ... camera operator
Drew Davidson ... lighting technician (uncredited)
Vince Laxton ... generator operator (uncredited)

Casting Department

Michelle Allen ... casting: Canada
Amy Grgich ... casting assistant: U.S.

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Richard Bruno ... costume designer: U.S.
Tish Monaghan ... costume designer: Canada

Location Management

George Horie ... location manager: Nelson
Matthew O'Connor ... location manager

Music Department

Jim Henrikson ... music editor
Eugenie Teychenne ... assistant to the composer
George Doering ... musician (uncredited)

Script and Continuity Department

Christine Wilson ... script supervisor (as Christine Willson)

Transportation Department

Dave Bowe ... transportation captain
Scott Irvine ... transportation coordinator
Bruce Scott ... driver: cast (uncredited)

Other crew

Patti Allen ... production coordinator
Myrna Cobb ... assistant production coordinator
Karen Day ... production accountant
Carie DeRuiter ... main title design: Graphic Eye, Inc. (as Carie De Ruiter)
Scott Harper ... assistant
Cheri Jacobs ... assistant: Mr. Schepisi
Wendi Laski ... unit publicist
Bruce Meldrum ... technical advisor
Tammy Oates ... production secretary
Paul Warner ... assistant: Mr. Schepisi
Jon Jashni ... production staff (uncredited)


Don Zimmerman ... special thanks
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Plot Summary

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 Keywords
Taglines Roxanne dreamed of a handsome, intelligent, romantic man. C.D. Bales is two out of three... but looks aren't everything! See more »
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Additional Details

Also Known As
  • Roxanne - Næsen er i vejen (Denmark)
  • Roxani (Greece)
  • 愛上羅姍 (Taiwan)
  • Роксан (Bulgaria, Bulgarian title)
  • Роксана (Soviet Union, Russian title)
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  • 107 min
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Budget $12,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $4,582,398, 21 Jun 1987

Did You Know?

Trivia When C.D. (Steve Martin) is consulting the plastic surgeon about getting a nose job he holds a picture of the nose he wants up beside his nose. The picture is of his real nose. See more »
Goofs In explaining quarks to C.D., Roxanne (an Astrophysics PhD student who should know better) mentions that there are six types of quarks and that the "top" and "bottom" are the most common kinds. She meant "up" and "down" (which form protons and neutrons). Experimental evidence for the predicted "top" quark was not announced until 1995, 8 years after the film's writing. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The Best Films of 1987 (1988). See more »
Soundtracks Starry Sky See more »
Crazy Credits Comet Kowalski/Charlie flies through the night sky as the credits roll. See more »
Quotes C.D. Bales: [challenged to think of twenty jokes better than "Big Nose"] Let's start with... Obvious: 'scuse me, is that your nose or did a bus park on your face? Meteorological: everybody take cover, she's going to blow! Fashionable: you know, you could de-emphasize your nose if you wore something larger, like... Wyoming. Personal: well, here we are, just the three of us. Punctual: all right, Delbman, your nose was on time but YOU were fifteen minutes late! Envious: Ooooh, I wish I were you! Gosh, to be able to smell your own ear! Naughty: uh, pardon me, sir, some of the ladies have asked if you wouldn't mind putting that thing away. Philosophical: you know, it's not the size of a nose that's important, it's what's IN IT that matters. Humorous: laugh and the world laughs with you. Sneeze, and it's goodbye, Seattle! Commercial: hi, I'm Earl Scheib, and I can paint that nose for $39.95! Polite: uh, would you mind not bobbing your head? The, uh, orchestra keeps changing tempo. Melodic: Everybody. He's got...
Everyone: [singing] The whole world in his nose!
C.D. Bales: Sympathetic: aw, what happened? Did your parents lose a bet with God? Complimentary: you must love the little birdies to give them this to perch on. Scientific: Say, does that thing there influence the tides? Obscure: whoa! I'd hate to see the grindstone. Well, think about it. Inquiring: when you stop to smell the flowers, are they afraid? French: saihr, ze pigs have refused to find any more truffles until you leave! Pornographic: finally, a man who can satisfy two women at once! How many is that?
Dean: Fourteen, Chief!
C.D. Bales: Religious: the Lord giveth... and He just kept on giving, didn't He? Disgusting: Say, who mows your nose hair? Paranoid: keep that guy away from my cocaine! Aromatic: it must wonderful to wake up in the morning and smell the coffee... in Brazil. Appreciative: Oooh, how original! Most people just have their teeth capped.
[he pauses, pretending to be stumped, while the crowd urges him on]
C.D. Bales: All right. Dirty: your name wouldn't be Dick, would it?
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