An adaptation of the Edmund Rostand play Cyrano de Bergerac. Steve Martin plays the lead role as firefighter C.D. Bales who is beleaguered by his large nose. At the beautiful Roxanne's request, C.D. consents to help Chris (one of his firefighters) muster up the courage to meet her. Chris's debilitating nervousness causes him to resort to sending Roxanne letters which he asks C.D. to write for him due to his lack of skill with words. How long will C.D. be able to hide his true feelings for Roxanne behind the guise of being Chris's mentor? (taken from an IMDb Synopsis)
Entertainment Value - B
This was a fun romantic-comedy, but definitely not for young audiences. The PG rating came before a PG-13 was widely used, and so quite a bit of language and innuendo end up here. I thought that C.D. working at a fire department was a nice addition to the story (the play actually had a war going on, but the fire department added a nice comic element to the movie).
Moral Value - Failure to Communicate? - 3
This adaptation displayed a good message on looking past physical appearances when associating with people. The original play was a hundred times better for the following reasons:
- In this version Christian was a shallow idiot who wanted nothing but to sleep with Roxanne and in the play he was actually a moral character who was going to tell Roxanne that the person writing the letters was really Cyrano De Bergerac (C.D.), but died before he got the chance.Steve Martin was the only true-to-script character.
- In the original, Cyrano got Christian to get his first kiss, and in the movie C.D. actually got Roxanne to sleep with Chris! (A huge negative mark against the show). For someone who seemed to have high standards (well educated, somewhat resistant to letting her feelings get in the way with what's right, etc.), Roxanne sure let herself get seduced quite easily, even after being grossly offended (though the offense couldn't have hurt her that much).
The film shows that Roxanne acted too much by impulse on looks at first, but learned to love the inner person more than the outward appearances.