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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.

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Chris
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Dixie
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Chuck
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Mayor Deebs
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Dean
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Andy
Steve Mittleman ...
Ralston
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Sandy
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Dottie
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Nina
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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

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

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Comedy | Romance

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19 June 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Roksana  »

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Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$4,582,398 (USA) (21 June 1987)

Gross:

$40,050,884 (USA)
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Trivia

When C.D. uncovers the telescope at Roxanne's house he says "You must know about M31. Now see I like it when they give astronomical things names like Andromeda." Well Messier 31 (M31) is the Andromeda galaxy. See more »

Goofs

C.D. reverses the sequence for getting water to the fire, specifically the hose diameters from the hydrant to the pump, and the pump to the fire 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 »

Connections

Version of ABC Afterschool Specials: Cyrano (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

Can This Be Love
Written by Jeffrey Baxter (as Jeff "Skunk" Baxter), Rick Boston, Janet Minto, and Pamela Barlow
Produced by Jeffrey Baxter (as Jeff "Skunk" Baxter)
Performed by Pamela Barlow and Janet Minto
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Extremely effective updating of a timeless story
5 August 1999 | by (Illinois, USA) – See all my reviews

I do not routinely enjoy Steve Martin, but was extremely impressed with the sensitivity and deftness with which he played Cyrano de Bergerac in modern guise. There is nothing archaic or stilted about the script, yet it is surprisingly faithful to the character of the original play (which in turn is closely based on Cyrano's true history). Numerous scenes - including most of the best ones - are lifted almost intact from the Edmond Rostand play, but a viewer who is unfamiliar with that source probably will have no idea which scenes they are. The poetry, imaginative spark and romantic instincts of the original play are handled lovingly and with finesse. Daryl Hannah is just right as a thoroughly modern Roxanne, willingly surprised to find that there is still romance in the world. You do not have to be familiar with the source to enjoy this witty, satisfying, and very funny movie - but if you are, you will enjoy it all the more.

Note added 2015: When I first wrote the above in 1999, Steve Martin had not yet done most of his (in my view) best work; but I still go back to this as my very favorite of his performances.


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