The movie ROXANNE was filmed in Nelson BC in the summer of 1986. Starring Steve Martin & Daryl Hannah with Shelly Duvall, Rick Rossovich, Fred Willard and Michael J Pollard.
"It must be wonderful to wake up in the morning and smell the coffee -- in Brazil." -- C.D. Bales (STEVE MARTIN)
"I'd hate to see the grindstone." -- C.D. Bales (STEVE MARTIN)
"Why should we sip from a teacup when we can drink from a river?" -- C.D. Bales (STEVE MARTIN)
"What's a light year?" "Same as a regular year only it has less calories." -- Andy (MICHAEL J. POLLARD)
Steve Martin poses for a photo during the filming of ROXANNE in Nelson BC, Canada.
"Roxanne dreamed of a handsome, intelligent, romantic man. C.D. Bales is two out of three... but looks aren't everything!"
Quote: "I am in orbit around you."
The script is a clever update of the classic, 17th century French play, "Cyrano de Bergerac." The basic story involves the fire chief in the small Colorado town of Nelson, who was blessed with a huge nose, and has learned to live with his abnormality, making a good life for himself, having developed his wit and verbal ability, and a can do attitude, which has allowed him to go far in all areas except his love life. This time when he falls for the beautiful Roxanne, he hopes against hope that this time it might be different for him, or at least his letters will bring happiness for two people he likes.
C.D. Bales first meets Roxanne when she accidentally locks herself out of her rented house. Being naked, she has to hide in the bushes outside the firehouse while she asks Bales for help. After a funny sequence, Bales opens her house for her, and they become friends, as she appreciates his great personality, his wit and his smarts. While he would like it to be more than a friendship, he instinctively knows that she would never be able to get past his long nose.
Besides having a difficult time with women because of his looks, he does have other annoyances. His fire department is manned by 7 volunteer firemen, not exactly a crack squad. Luckily, there aren't many fires, just things like cats stuck in trees.
When a real, good-looking fireman by the name of Chris McConnell (Rick Rossovich) comes on board, his department improves but the hunky Chris complicates things when he and Roxanne are physically attracted to each other. Roxanne asks Charlie to help her meet Chris. But, because Chris is terrified to talk to her, Chris asks Charlie to help him write to her. Wanting Roxanne to be happy, Charlie, inspired by his own love for Roxanne, writes 3 beautiful love letters to Roxanne, signing Chris's name. However, Chris can't live up to Roxanne's high expectations, because everything that comes out of his mouth in her presence is either vulgar or not understandable. Chris decides to run off with a cute waitress, a woman who doesn't make him nervous. Will Roxanne see who really loves her?
Martin is a delight as the kind-hearted, competent romantic fire chief, Charles Bales, with the impossibly long nose. Martin has the physical grace of the best of the silent comedians, playing a character it's impossible to not like. In between the poignant moments, Martin has some hilarious comedic bits as well. Don't miss the bar scene. When a tough mocks his big nose, Martin chides him for lacking verbal imagination. He gets the tough to throw a dart at the dart board, and whatever number the dart lands on, is the number of jokes Bales will tell about his big nose. Charles has the place in stitches as he comes up with 20 funny one liners!
Daryl Hannah struts her stuff on Baker Street.
Daryl Hannah is luminous in her portrayal of Roxanne Kowalski, an astronomy student on the verge of discovering a new comet, and a hard to see love of her life.
The fine direction was by talented director Fred Schepisi, who also directed such comedic films as "IQ," "The Last Orders," "Six Degrees of Separation," and "Fierce Creatures."
Steve Martin and Edmond Rostand did a terrific job on the script, that is a very funny, entertaining, and touching; a well-done humorous romance, that has many classic scenes, such as the tennis racquet fight sequence. Two toughs try to bully and make fun of Bales' nose, when Bales was on his way to the tennis courts. Having to deal with bullies all his life because of his nose, this hysterical sequence shows Bales fighting with much aplomb, and defeating them like he is playing a tennis game, in a very creative way.
This film is rated P.G. , and is a great film to watch with the family, with two reservations. There are two instances of implied unmarried sex, because of feelings of love. Nothing is shown, but in one instance, it is briefly talked about. It does have some valuable things to say about being different, having unusual characteristics, and that beauty is only skin deep. What is inside a person is the lasting quality that is the most important.
Fred Willard waiting his turn for the next scene.
Roxanne (Darryl Hannah) a beautiful astronomer in search of a comet, and Chris a hunky but inarticulate fire expert who has been hired to train C.D.'s team of well-meaning firemen. C.D. immediately falls in love with Roxanne but he is sure that she won't notice anything about him except his extremely prominent facial feature and is quick to hide his passionate desires. However, Roxanne has captured the fancy of another, Chris. When C.D. learns of Chris's crush, he uses his gift for poetry to help the inexperienced courtier capture her affections. Wooed by the beauty of the words, Roxanne falls for Chris, not realizing that C.D. was the one really doing the talking. Of course, when put to the test, Chris does not live up to Roxanne's expectations and she quickly learns the identity of her real poetic suitor. Steve Martin is at his agile and uproarious best in this superior version of a classic story that revels in the oddity of life and the power of true love.
More Fire Hall
Fixing Steve's Make-up
Drug Store Scene
American Flags Hang on Buildings to make Nelson BC into Nelson USA
All Things Dead
Local Antique Shop Becomes "All Things Dead" store
Filming on Baker Street
More Filming on Baker Street
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