The Front Row View: Roxanne

The Front Row View is a regular column by Great Stories contributor Jim Cannizzaro.  He is a veteran community theater leading man, seasoned blogger, movie enthusiast, and family man.


Well, it’s once again that time of year when the powers-that-be at Hallmark, Whitman’s and Russell Stover get together and think “What can we soak people for this year?” Yes, I’m talking about Valentine’s Day! In honor of our great Holiday of Love, from now through Feb 14th I’ll be posting my offerings for Hollywood’s Great Romances. I’d like to start with one that you don’t often find on lists with the When Harry Met Sallys and Affairs to Remember. One of my favorites is Fred Schepisi’s 1987 Roxanne. Adapted by and starring Steve Martin, one of America’s greatest comedians, this light and buoyant updating of Rostand’s Cyrano de Bergerac brims with upbeat comic invention. Martin and Schepisi create a wonderfully atmospheric resort town that anyone would want to live in (I’m not so sure about their fire department, though). An oddball cast of characters and the romantic chemistry between Martin and Daryl Hannah as the enchanting Roxanne keep the movie hopping. This is a love story refreshingly free of mawkishness and sentimentality. One to enjoy with a loved one over Chinese takeout and that supersized box of chocolates (who eats healthy on Valentine’s Day?).


{Editor’s Note:  A lost email resulted in this blog not being posted on February 1st as intended}

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