Thursday, November 29, 2012

Meep Pic Of The Week: Roxanne (1987)

From Columbia Pictures
Original Theatrical Release Date: June 19, 1987

25 Years ago or so, I caught this rather charming reworking of Cyrano De Bergerac in theaters. Steve Martin would always be the wild and crazy guy, but he also became a rather clever screenwriter with his work on this Film. Though one could argue the Romantic Comedy genre skirts too closely to being merely middle of the road, and made for those who seem fine in it, there are Films in this genre that break out of that mold and win you over with their smarts and engaging performances. Roxanne is one of the best Films of 1987 because it does all of that, and it never fails to makes me smile.

And another thing... to cast Daryl Hannah as a rocket scientist, and believably so, is quiet a feat. She's great here, as is Steve Martin who plays a likable guy with some serious quirks, especially if you bring up his rather large nose. Also fun to watch is Michael J. Pollard as a dimwitted fireman, Fred Willard as the obnoxious mayor and Shelley Duvall as the best friend who tries to bring the two leads together. I also love the Film's locations. This Movie is beautifully shot with some really stunning locales. Vancouver, take me away!

 "It's because I'm afraid of worms, Roxanne. WORMS!"

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