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Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael (1990)

Nancy Abrahams , Rhonda Aldrich , Jim Abrahams  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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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: #83,561 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.

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

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "It's good to want things" June 10, 2007
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Dinky, my hero.... May 20, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael May 16, 2000
By Avia93
Format:VHS Tape
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Winona Ryder, what more can I say:) March 23, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
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
3.0 out of 5 stars A Winona Ryder Teen Movie March 21, 2001
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Love this movie! 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
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE THIS MOVIE!!! 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
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, not bad! May 14, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
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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5.0 out of 5 stars great dvd.
fast delivery...great dvd...will buy from again...A+++
Published 9 days ago by Mattress Fever
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT
One of my favorite movies when i was young and it brings back so many memories, thank you for making this avail
Published 7 months ago by Traci Wade
5.0 out of 5 stars one of my favs
I have always enjoyed this movie. Had it on VHS and wore it out watching it so much. I am glad I found it again.
Published 7 months ago by Trenleigh's Mom
5.0 out of 5 stars Love The Movie
love the Movie not sure what else to put It was good quality DVD. OK? Maybe require just a yes or no answer on these.
Published 12 months ago by andrew d dugan
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome Home Dinky!
This movie should of been called Welcome Home Dinky instead of the original title. I LOVE the character Dinky and I think that Winona Ryder did a great job acting in this movie,... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Pixie
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this movie
Love movies from the eighties yearly nineties. This was one of my favorites. If you like John Hugh or other movies like his this is a good one.
Published 13 months ago by Debi
5.0 out of 5 stars Obsucure Movie
Looked for a long time for this movie on dvd. I hope it's good like I remembered but even if it isn't the shipping was quick, price was right and it showed up in excellent... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Tiffany Fulwilder
5.0 out of 5 stars Roxy, came home!!
Got here fast!!!! I so love this movie!!! It's great to laugh and cry in one movie!! You can NEVER go wrong with a good 80's movie!
Published on August 19, 2012 by Marsha Hanners
5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF WINONAs BEST!
This is one of my favorite WINONA RYDER movies.
Funny, quirky, entertaining.
This is one of those movies that made America FALL IN LOVE with WINONA RYDER.
Published on May 3, 2012 by Flower
5.0 out of 5 stars Hello
Use to watch it as a kid loved the movie and now wanted my kid to watch it too so i bought it.
Published on December 4, 2010 by Natasha
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