What's the Difference between Cyrano de Bergerac the Play and Roxanne the Movie?

Romantic Comedy

Cyrano de Bergerac

Released: 1897
Playwrite: Edmond Rostand


Released: 1987
Director: Fred Schepisi
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In the Play In the Movie
Charlie "CD" Bales
Cyrano de Bergerac
Portrayed by: Steve Martin
Roxanne Kowalski
Portrayed by: Daryl Hannah
Christian de Neuvillette
Chris McConnell
Portrayed by: Rick Rossovich
Le Bret (Cyrano's servant)
Dixie (C.D.'s friend)
Portrayed by: Shelley Duvall
Viscount Valvert
Drunks #1, #2
Portrayed by: Ritch Shydner and Kevin Nealon
Count de Guiche
This Character does not appear.
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In the Play In the Movie
   Cyrano interrupts a play when the lead actor offends him with his lack of talent. Viscount Valvert confronts Cyrano and they duel; Cyrano wounds and possibly kills him. Two drunks mock CD's appearance; his big nose. CD soundly thrashes them both with a tennis racket he was returning to Dixie.
   Eventually Roxane tells Christian that she loves him for his passionate letters and not his looks. Christian dies in battle soon after. Cyrano continues to support the illusion that Christian wrote the letters. Roxanne wants to hear Chris talk to her like he does in the letters as she say looks are secondary; this freaks Chris out and he runs away. Chris soon runs away to Reno with a female bartender who flirted with him. Chris tells this to Roxanne in a poorly worded letter.
   This does not happen in the play. Roxanne is furious with CD for fooling her and helping Chris get into bed with her. When CD insults her for sleeping with Chris so fast, she slaps him; CD leaves her house.
   Cyrano rallies the Cadets and they hold the line against Spain. When CD leaves Roxanne's house, he smells smoke. He alerts the town's firefighters and they find a barn on fire. They put out the fire and are celebrated as heroes at the local bar.
   Cyrano writes letters for Christian after he begs him to. Cyrano cues Christian to repeat his wooing lines to Roxane and eventually speak for him while under cover of darkness below Roxane's balcony. Cyrano woos Roxane so well that she invites Christian up for a kiss. Chris convinces CD to write Roxanne a letter that Chris will sign. He later gets CD to help Chris speak to her at night from under some trees while Roxanne looks out a window. CD takes over and seduces Roxanne so well that she invites Chris into her house for sex.
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