Roxanne is a 1987 American romantic comedy film directed by Fred Schepisi. It is a modern retelling of Edmond Rostand's 1897 verse play Cyrano de Bergerac, adapted by Steve Martin and starring Martin and Daryl Hannah. C.D. "Charlie" Bales (Steve Martin), the fire chief of a small American ski town in Washington, is witty, acrobatic and skilled at many things, but he has a very large nose. He is attracted to newcomer Roxanne Kowalski (Daryl Hannah), an astronomer searching for a new comet, but she becomes infatuated with Chris (Rick Rossovich), a handsome but dim fireman who has just joined Bales's unit. As in the play, Bales is touchy about his most prominent feature, which he cannot have surgically altered because of a dangerous allergy to anesthetics.