Comic genius Steve Martin delivers an incredible performance as an engaging small town fire chief who has only one tiny flaw -- no, make that one HUGE flaw -- his astonishingly long nose. Although he considers it no laughing matter, the hilarity never stops as C.D. Bales (Martin) contends with jerky nose jokes, a bumbling crew of firemen, and his secret love for gorgeous astronomy student Roxanne (Hannah). Unfortunately, she is attracted to fireman Chris (Rossovich), who's tall on looks and short on conversation. And when C.D. agrees to coach the dumbstruck Chris in his pursuit of the fair maiden, this ticklish triangle dissolves into a hilarious series of rib-tickling romantic misadventures.
Won: Best Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium, 1988 WGA Awards; Best Actor (Martin), 1988 National Society of Film Critics Awards
Nominated: Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical (Martin), 1988 Golden Globes
Steve Martin gives a sweet and serious performance.