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
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   Cyrano is told of a plot by many men to attack him. He goes off with a group of men to fight. While at a bar, a patron calls CD “big nose”. CD mocks him for the lame insult, but the patron challenges to come up with 20 insults that are better. CD does so very hilariously (25 better insults) to the ire of the patron. When the patron tries to attack CD from the back, CD punches the patron twice, knocking him out.
   Count de Guiche discovers that Roxane and Christian secretly wed. He orders Christian and Cyrano to the front to fight Spain. Roxane demands that Cyrano keep Christian safe, warm and faithful, he says he can only try, but he will ensure letters are written. Cyrano writes to Roxane as Christian very often. Later on as Christian and Cyrano are at the front, Roxane arrives with food for the starving soldiers. Roxanne leaves town for a while and gives CD her address so Chris can write letters to her. CD writes and sends many letters to Roxanne. When she comes back early, CD warns Chris about the many letters. There is no antagonist in the film.
   At the play, Cyrano tells Le Bret of his long standing love for Roxane, but he feels he cannot express his feelings to her as he is too ugly. CD is drawn to Roxanne when she arrives into town and rents a house so she can observe the return of a comet. They meet when she accidentally locks herself out of her rental house while naked. CD unlocks her door (he does not give her anything to cover up with) and prepares a snack of wine, cheese and crackers for them. He is attracted to her.
   Cyrano de Bergerac is a cadet (nobleman serving as a soldier) in the French Army. He is a brash, strong-willed as well as a duelist, poet and a musical artist. Charlie "C.D." Bales is a fire chief of a small town. He is intelligent, witty, charismatic and athletic.
   15 years later Roxane is living at a convent outside Paris and mourning the death of Christian. Cyrano visits often with news of the outside world. Cyrano is severely injured by a falling log before his last visit. He asks to read Christian's last letter. Roxane learns that Cyrano wrote all the letters when she sees him quoting it in the dark. He dies soon after Roxane tells him that she loves him. CD is moping on top a roof after putting out the fire. CD hears Roxanne yell that it is his personality that she loves. After she declares her love, CD And Roxanne embrace and kiss.
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