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  • Actors: Nancy Abrahams, Rhonda Aldrich, Mark Arnott, Graham Beckel, Thomas Wilson Brown
  • Directors: Jim Abrahams
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: June 5, 2007
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000NOIX70
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,574 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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It's been fifteen years since Roxy Carmichael left Clyde, Ohio, for fame and fortune. Now the town is excitedly planning for her homecoming. Among those anxiously awaiting her return: the forgotten boyfriend who fathered Roxy's child (Jeff Daniels); Roxy's rival (Dinah Manoff); and Dinky Bossetti (Winona Ryder), a gifted but eccentric 15-year-old girl who feels secretly tied to Roxy's past. Sparkling with heartfelt humor and warmth, Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael is a tender story of yearning and self-discovery. Of hopes, celebrity and dreams. And the importance of finding acceptance on one's own terms.

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Blondie's Deborah Harry has said that as a little girl, she had hoped Marilyn Monroe was her mother. The fantasy of having a celebrity parent is not lost on 15-year-old Dinky Bossetti (Winona Ryder), who is positive that the glamorous Roxy Carmichael is indeed her birth mother. The 1990 film Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael is more about Dinky and the town's obsession with its one claim to fame than Roxy, who really isn't all that famous. (She had a song written about her.) Little seen and seldom heard, Roxy works more as a poetic device here, causing the townspeople of her small Midwestern hometown to get all worked up about her return home and delving into why their worth is tied to the glamorous life Roxy represents. Ryder was in her late teens when she tackled this role, and no amount of loose black clothing or surly demeanor can mask her gamine beauty. Still, she manages to pull off the role of the class outcast, who in all probability would've had a better life if her parents hadn't stuck her with the oddball name of "Dinky." As she explains to someone who is confused by her actions, "It's not for you to understand, really." But Dinky is a stubborn teenager who is sure that her life would have been better if it turned out that Roxy is her birth mother. Indeed, it could've been. Roxy had an affair with local landscaper Denton Webb (Jeff Daniels) and gave the baby up for adoption exactly 15 years ago. Hmmm. As it turns out, Dinky was adopted, too. The film is pleasant and Ryder is a joy to watch, but in terms of offering a compelling storyline, it's not much different from your average movie of the week. --Jae-Ha Kim

Customer Reviews

This was one of my favorites.
Debi
Almost 20 years later, this film is still as great as it was when I was a kid.
K. Hinton
This is a great movie filled with both comedy and drama.
A. ODELL

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By K. Hinton VINE VOICE on June 10, 2007
Format: DVD
Winona Ryder stars as Dinky Bossetti, an awkward teenager in a small Ohio town called Clyde. The citizens of Clyde are in an uproar because one of their own, a woman named Roxy Carmichael, who left town 15 years before to take Hollywood by storm is returning for the first time. Dinky finds herself enthralled by Roxy and begins to ask everyone she can for information about the woman. Why Roxy is famous, why she left town, what she was like? The more answers Dinky gets to her questions, the more she finds herself convinced that Roxy is her long-lost mother and that when she comes back, she'll take Dinky back to Hollywood with her.

Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael came out when I was 10 years old and I remember being completely in love with it. Winona Ryder is at her best as this misunderstood teen misfit who doesn't fit in with the kids in her school nor with her own family and has to look elsewhere to make a place for herself. Dinky's obsession with Roxy gives her a reason to belong and finally makes her feel like she might fit in somewhere. Almost 20 years later, this film is still as great as it was when I was a kid. I'd definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoys those early 90's films about misanthropic teenagers and their coming-of-age.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By C B Salter on May 20, 2002
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Its hard to star rate this. It's a film that doesn't explain itself - you either get it or you don't.
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Incomplete, quirky, beautiful. If you had a rough time at school (or are at this time) you'll easily find the nuggets in this film. Dinky is my hero!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Avia93 on May 16, 2000
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It showed real teenage emotions. I wish Hollywood made more movies of this kind.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 23, 1999
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Dinky Basetti(Winona Ryder) is having a hard time fitting into her surroundings in this movie. But the one thing that keeps her going is the homecoming of the infamous Roxy Charmichal, who Dinky secrectly hopes and thinks she is the daughter of. This is a movie about having to deal with all of the problems of growing up and just being a teenager(we all know how hard that is) and hoping that there is some light at the end of the tunnel. Enjoy!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 21, 2001
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This is the typical teen movie, but with the psychological twist most Winona Ryder movies have. By psychological, i mean there are times when the characters have traumas in their lives-normal people problems. This character-Dinky-has self esteem problems, and so do her parents(not with self esteem). Everyone in this movie has a problem and that's what I like. This movie mixes real life with a Cinderella twist (teen outsider gets popular cute guy). I reccomend this to any teen girl and maybe her boyfriend.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robin M Thompson on February 22, 2013
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Welcome Home Roxy Carmichael is a sweet film that my kids and I enjoy watching frequently. We have all felt a bit like Dinky at one time or another. It's good to want things!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. ODELL on May 27, 2012
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This is a great movie filled with both comedy and drama. Dinky (Winona Ryder)is a teenage girl struggling with issues like fitting in, making friends and discovering herself. She becomes inspired (and maybe even a little obsessed) with the town's local legend, Roxy Carmichael, who became famous when a song was written and dedicated to her. Now, Roxy is coming back to the small town, and the preparations are creating new hopes while, for some, drudging up painful memories. Jeff Daniels stars as Roxy's high school boyfriend who never fully got over her. If you've never seen this movie, it is definitely worth viewing. You may be surprised :)
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 14, 1999
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Well, I got this video off eBay, not knowing what to expect. This "acceptable" movie is completely carried by Winona Ryder, with a surprisingly unsatisfying Jeff Daniels as backup. The story is OK, and the ending is touching, if a bit predictable. Winona is GREAT in this, and really does a great job, bringing a sense of wonder and a completely truthful teenage portrayal into this otherwise drowning movie.
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