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Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael (1990)

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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Jim Abrahams
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Winona Ryder ... Dinky Bossetti
Jeff Daniels ... Denton Webb
Laila Robins ... Elizabeth Zaks
Thomas Wilson Brown ... Gerald Howells
Joan McMurtrey ... Barbara Webb
Graham Beckel ... Les Bossetti
Frances Fisher ... Rochelle Bossetti
Robby Kiger Robby Kiger ... Beannie Billings
Dinah Manoff ... Evelyn Whittacher
Sachi Parker ... Libby Ohiemacher
Stephen Tobolowsky ... Mayor Bill Klepler (as Stephen Tobolowski)
Micole Mercurio ... Louise Garweski
John Short John Short ... Ronald Reems
Robin Thomas ... Scotty Sandholtzer
Valerie Landsburg ... Miss Day Ashburn (as Valerie Landsberg)
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Storyline

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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Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 October 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Roxy See more »

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Gross USA:

$3,989,297
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Winona Ryder's method to get into character included collecting items from flea markets, used clothing and used book stores. After working on the project for two years, she ended up with "cratefuls" of Dinky-inspired items such as old National Geographic magazines, handbags and circus posters, even though most were never used in the film. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Louise: Starting tomorrow there will be hourly tours of Roxy Carmichael's birthplace. You'll see where Roxy slept and where she ate during her wonder years. You'll also see pictures of her beloved dog, Bonkers.
Town person: She loved that dog. She used to ride it. It was a big dog.
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Connections

References X, Y and Zee (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

Sperate, o figil!
from the opera "Nabucco"
Written by Giuseppe Verdi
Performed by the Chor der Wiener Staatsoper (as The Chorus of The Vienna State Opera, Vienna State Opera Orchestra (as 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 SheldonshellsSee 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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