The movie is based on the book 'Cyrano De Bergerac' by Edmond Rostand. It was adapted by Steve Martin himself. It's also been done by others a few times, but rarely with such comedic effect. This is why the Steve Martin character's initials are C.D.

-Thanks to Chris

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Picture a small Colorado town. The annual calendar is full of strange festivals, celebrating the pumpkin harvest or whatever. The people are either in-breeders or they are visitors.

...Except Charlie.

Charlie (Martin) is C. D. Bales, the town's Fire Chief. He has to put up with a lot, including a mentally sub-normal volunteer fire crew, a group of sexually frustrated lady pensioners and a desperate desire to be loved. However, one thing really gets in the way of love, and it's as plain as the.... well, no-one mentions the nose on his face, because it's huge. Midway through the movie, he has a canary perched on it whilst writing.

Into his life come two people: Chris, a 'real' fire fighter who knows his stuff as far as putting out the flames goes, but in all other respects appears as mentally lacking as the rest of the town and Roxanne (Hannah), a cute intelligent astronomer who manages to press all the right buttons for Charlie. However, appearances being what they are, she falls for Chris and so the intrigue begins.

Chris knows that Roxanne is smart and that he's far from the sharpest tool in the box. So his plan (inspired by Charlie's tales of romance and what a woman likes) is to write love letters. After the first effort is... critiqued by Charlie, Chris talks Charlie into writing the love letters for him. Roxanne melts when reading them and romance blossoms, much to Charlie's regret, as it's his heart he pours out, only to lead Chris into Roxanne's bed. However, it's only a matter of time before Roxanne finds out the truth, helped by Charlie's sister Dixie (Duvall) and then Charlie and Roxanne have a blazing row where all the truth emerges.

The final scenes show Charlie and the crew fighting their first real fire, Roxanne searching her feelings, and the town celebrating beating the fire...


This for me is probably Steve Martin's best movie. He's not as zany as 'The Man With Two Brains', and not as reserved as 'L. A. Story'. He plays the part of Charlie with intelligence and restraint.

Daryl Hannah proves why she is such a good comedy actress, much as in Splash and it's a shame that she didn't get more roles like this.

The rest of the cast are great, although I found Rossovitch's Chris a little annoying from the outset. Stupid is as stupid does, I guess.

The Fire Crew all get their own little moments, including a very early cameo from Daman Wayans, and the Bar scene, where Charlie is called upon to come up with 20 'nose-jokes' to silence a loudmouth, is one of the 80's truly memorable movie scenes.

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Strengths: Steve Martin. Oh wait, that's not enough. Well in this movie, it is...

Weaknesses? Very few (apart from Rick Rossovitch's performance).

Our rating: 9 out of 10

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