Columbia Pictures Released 1987




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Fred Schepisi

Roxanne is a modern adaptation telling of the successful 1897 play Cyrano de Bergerac. Set in a small Pacific Northwestern town, the film follows C.D. Bales who is a charismatic, acrobatic, and skilled Fire Chief, poet, and all around handyman. But there is one big thing different about C.D. He has a gigantic nose, a nose that he is violently sensitive about. It just so happens that C.D. has fallen crazy in love with Roxanne Kowalski, a beautiful young astronomer. The only problem is, Roxanne is head over heals for Chris, a hunky but dim0witted fireman that just moved into town. Thinking he has no chance to be with Roxanne because of his nose, C.D. helps Chris woo her off her feet by writing her a love letter as if it was from himself. Roxanne falls for it and is convinced she loves Chris. C.D. continues writing letters to Roxanne from his heart, but signs them with Chris's name. It isn't until by chance that Roxanne realizes it was C.D. all along that had been writing the love letters.



Metacritic Score

  • 100

    The Associated Press

    Brilliant and hilarious. [29 July 1987]

  • 90

    The Hollywood Reporter Duane Byrge

    Light and likable, with hearts unabashedly all over its sleeves, Roxanne is a winning romantic comedy whose appeal should cross age barriers and backgrounds — giving it an across...

  • 88

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    What makes Roxanne so wonderful is not this fairly straightforward comedy, however, but the way the movie creates a certain ineffable spirit.

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    • Domestic Gross - $40,050,884 (28th)

      Domestic adjusted for 2013 - $83,584,454

    • Other production companies:
      IndieProd Company Productions
      L.A. Films

    • Filming locations:
      Nelson, British Columbia, Canada
      Richards on Richards, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
      Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

    • Taglines:
      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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      Performed by Dan Navarro
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      Performed by Pamela Barlow and Janet Minto
      Blue Danube Waltz
      Composed by Johann Strauß
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      Written by David Bartholomew and Fats Domino
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Comedy, Drama


Romantic Comedy, Love & Romance