Roxanne

Roxanne

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Director: Fred Schepisi

Cast: Fred Schepisi, Steve Martin, Daryl Hannah, Rick Rossovich

     
 

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This modernization of Edmond Rostand's Cyrano de Bergerac casts Steve Martin as C. D. Bates, the fearless, quick-witted fire chief of a Washington State resort town. Bates' most trusted fireman is the handsome but tongue-tied Chris McDonell (Rick Rossovich). Both men are in love with the beautiful Roxanne Kowalski (Darryl Hannah), but Bates, adorned with a hugeSee more details below

Overview

This modernization of Edmond Rostand's Cyrano de Bergerac casts Steve Martin as C. D. Bates, the fearless, quick-witted fire chief of a Washington State resort town. Bates' most trusted fireman is the handsome but tongue-tied Chris McDonell (Rick Rossovich). Both men are in love with the beautiful Roxanne Kowalski (Darryl Hannah), but Bates, adorned with a huge nose that makes Bob Hope look like Nanette Fabray, is convinced that he's too homely to win Roxanne's heart. Thus, in the self-sacrificing tradition of Cyrano de Bergerac, Bates courts Roxanne vicariously by feeding his rival Chris the proper romantic words and phrases. The inherent pathos in Roxanne is offset by moments of slapstick, notably the scene wherein C. D. Bates vanquishes a pair of hooligans with a tennis racket. Steve Martin himself is credited with the screenplay for Roxanne, though he generously cites Edmond Rostand as his inspiration.

Editorial Reviews

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A perfect vehicle for Steve Martin, this modern adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac works mostly because Martin plays his part with a rare combination of sweetness and zaniness. The big nose looks ridiculous on Martin, but he is nonetheless convincing as the small-town fire chief who helps his shy underling (Rick Rossovich) woo Roxanne (deliciously played by Daryl Hannah). Martin, an increasingly accomplished comedy writer, penned his own adaptation of the Edmond Rostand chestnut, and it's a thoroughly likeable film. Under the direction of Australian Fred Schepisi, Roxanne exceeded expectations in all respects, and it launched Martin onto a more mature, well-rounded career that blended his unique comedy gifts with dramatic talent and an ability to play romantic leads.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/04/2002
UPC:
0043396085398
Original Release:
1987
Rating:
PG
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:47:00

Special Features

Scene Selections; Theatrical Trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Steve Martin Charlie C.D. Bales
Daryl Hannah Roxanne Kowalski
Rick Rossovich Chris McDonell
Shelley Duvall Dixie
Michael J. Pollard Andy
Damon Wayans Jerry
John Kapelos Chuck
Fred Willard Mayor Deebs
Max Alexander Dean
Make Glavas Peter Quinn
Steve Mittleman Ralston
Matt Lattanzi Trent
Shandra Beri Sandy, Barmaid
Blanche Rubin Sophie
Jane Campbell Dottie
Jean Sincere Nina
Claire Caplan Lydia
Thom Curley Jim
Ritch Shydner Drunk
Kevin Nealon Drunk
Brian George Dr. David Schepisi, Cosmetic Surgeon
Maureen Murphy Cosmetics Clerk
Jeffrey Joseph Stationery Clerk
Merrilyn Gann Mrs. Quinn
Bernadette Sabath Berni
Caroline Barclay Girl in Street
Heidi Sorenson Trudy

Technical Credits
Fred Schepisi Director
Ian Baker Cinematographer
Jeff "Skunk" Baxter Songwriter
Rick Boston Songwriter
Richard Bruno Costumes/Costume Designer
Warren Carr Production Manager
Terry Cox Songwriter
Joe Curiale Songwriter
Jackson de Govia Production Designer
Pennie Du Pont Casting
Joe Dunne Stunts
David Fischer Art Director
Jeff Kent Songwriter
Steve Martin Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Bruce Meldrum Consultant/advisor
Daniel Melnick Producer
Tish Monaghan Costumes/Costume Designer
Dan Navarro Songwriter
Bill Orr Special Effects
Paul Pesco Songwriter
Michael Rachmil Producer
Kimberley Richardson Set Decoration/Design
John Scott Editor
Bruce Smeaton Score Composer
Michael Steele Asst. Director
John Wardlow Stunts
Michael Westmore Makeup
Rob Young Sound/Sound Designer

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