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Not your average romantic comedy, this remake of Cyrano de Bergerac tells the story of C.D. "Charlie" Bales (Steve Martin), the long-nosed fire chief of a small quirky town and Roxanne Kowalski (Daryl Hannah), a visiting astronomy student. Bales, in love with Roxanne from the start but violently self-conscious about his schnozz, settles for helping a handsome but ditzy fireman woo her. The results are predictable, if you know the story, but the humor surrounding the town and C.D.'s nose set the movie apart.
- The Ace: CD, although his insecurity about his nose still hinders his ability to pursue women.
- As You Know: The film explains why CD can't get a nose job in an early scene where a plastic surgeon reminds him, as if for the hundredth time, that he's allergic to anesthetic.
- Berserk Button -- Uh, yeah. The whole nose thing.
- Brainless Beauty / The Ditz -- Chris
- Earpiece Conversation
- Gag Nose -- Obviously.
- Ignore the Disability -- Roxanne: "Would you like a little wine with your nose?" and others.
- Long List -- the 20 (actually 26) nose jokes C.D. tells in the bar.
- Loves My Alter Ego
- Naked People Trapped Outside -- Roxanne gets locked out of her house, and the towel gets caught in the door.
- Offhand Backhand -- C.D., after the Long List of jokes, does this to level the Jerkass who insulted him.
- Playing Cyrano
- Self-Deprecation: When yokels make fun of CD's nose, he shows them how much better he can do it himself.
- Setting Update of Cyrano de Bergerac.
- Sitting on the Roof -- CD, along with a pudgy kid in one scene
- Stood Up -- "I met somebody else and she's real great too..."
- Unfortunate Names:
Roxanne: (Naming the comet she discovered) "Comet Kowalski."
C.D.: "Kowalski"? Why? You've got a chance to give it a beautiful name!"
Roxanne: "That's my name."
C.D.: "It is? Roxanne Kowalski? Oh, heh-heh... sorry."
- What Could Have Been: Steve Martin's first choice for the title character was Olivia Hussey (from the 1968 Romeo and Juliet and Black Christmas). Martin is a big fan of the latter film.
- Wrong Guy First