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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Roxanne (1987)

The fire chief (Steve Martin) in a Northwestern small town has an abnormally large nose. He's overly sensitive about it and uses his sharp wit to offset any potential remarks. But when a beautiful astronomer (Daryl Hannah) moves into town, he's smitten. But she has eyes for the dim witted but muscular fireman (Rick Rossovich) who works with him. Loosely based on the classic 1897 play CYRANO DE BERGERAC by Edmond Rostand and adapted by Martin for the screen. The movie is charming and a reminder that Steve Martin was the best movie comic working in the 1980s and how appealing he was. Martin's comic ability was physical just as much as it was verbal and the spectacular nose renders him even more engaging. As the object of his affection, Daryl Hannah doesn't have to do much but be the blonde Amazon goddess that she is, who wouldn't fall in love with her? The small town (which is in British Columbia, not the U.S.) is a dream of a fairy tale village populated by eccentric quirky denizens. A comic gem that is also a mischievous romantic comedy. Directed by Fred Schepisi. With Shelley Duvall, Michael J. Pollard, Fred Willard, Shandra Beri and John Kapelos.

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