There was once a time when Steve Martin was the biggest name in film. The former stand-up comedian, who came to prominence for his appearances on Saturday Night Live, made an almost seamless transition into film. His first feature Jerk, was a huge success. He followed it up with star turns in Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid, The Man with Two Brains and All of Me. He was at his peak in the late 80s, Roxanne starting a run which included Trains, Planes and Automobiles, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Parenthood.
‘Charlie’ Bales (Martin) is the fire chief in the small ski town of Nelson. Highly popular, the charismatic, intelligent and athletic fire-stopper seems to have it all. Unfortunately for him, that includes a huge nose. When Roxanne (Daryl Hannah), a beautiful graduate student, comes to stay for the summer, Charlie is smitten. However, the arrival of a new fireman, the dim but handsome Chris (Rick Rossovich), puts any thoughts of romance on hold.
Directed by Fred Schepisi and based on the classic play Cyrano de Bergerac, Roxanne is a warm-hearted slice of ‘80s rom-com. Martin is the focal point; his madcap athletic comedy is on full show. There’s an impressive supporting cast, including Shelley Duvall and Fred Willard, who help keep proceedings light and fluffy. Roxanne is the kind of film which no longer gets made. It’s wholesome, whilst being slightly edgy, sweet natured comedy which doesn’t take itself too seriously. Its star is one of a kind.
Roxanne is released on Dual Format Blu-ray and DVD by Eureka Entertainment on Monday.