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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

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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.)
  • 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: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000NOIX70
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,842 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By K. Hinton VINE VOICE on June 10, 2007
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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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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Always Samsung on October 9, 2008
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I remember watching this movie when i was a little kid and it was always on HBO like everyday it seemed. A quick recap of the story is in a small town, one of its town's people/patron becomes a celebrity and in her hometown she is idolized. Word is that she is returning back to her hometown soon for a visit and the whole town is up in arms with excitement for her return. Through this mayhem and madness of her return an outsider who was adopted named Dinky played by Wynona Ryder believes that Roxy is her true mother. That's my cliff notes version of the film. This truly is a hidden gem and one of Wynona's best performances when she was around her late teens/early 20's. This truly is a human interest story and a good coming of age film as well. This movie just has a magical quality about it that can't be explained and for some odd reason i can watch this movie over and over again. I always related to this film because of the fact that Dinky is an outsider and it seems everyone in town looks at her as if she is some sort of monster. Only a few people really find out some of the great qualities that she has to offer. On another note the music soundtrack to this film is awesome and has beautiful songs from Melissa Etheridge on it. If you haven't check this out you should or at least rent it.
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Orly L. Cohen on December 21, 2008
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This has been one of my favorite movies for a long time. Dinky (Winona Ryder) is a 15 year old girl trying to fit into her own skin, but nobody likes her skin, or smell, or anything about her. She's the wierdo and outcast, and pretends that it's okay with her. Meanwhile, her town is upside down in preperation of throwing a welcome party for the original town outcast that left 15 years ago and never looked back. There are many small roles of supporting characters with their own stories of how they were left behind by Roxy Charmichael, her best friend, her first love, and Dinky thinks she's one of those left behind.
A sweet movie, a simple story line, and of course first love with a little twist.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tiffany Fulwilder on February 27, 2013
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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 condition.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Flower on May 3, 2012
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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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marsha Hanners on August 19, 2012
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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!
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