Efficient, nasty action scenes can't overcome mostly bland characterizations and a half-baked story.
Montfleury: Sir, I will not allow you to insult me in this manner. Cyrano de Bergerac: Really? In what manner would you prefer?The Ebert Club would like to share the following Academy award-winning film while inviting non-members to join the Club and find action, romance and adventure!"It is entirely appropriate that Cyrano - whose very name evokes the notion of grand romantic gestures - should have lived his life bereft of romance. What is romanticism, after all, but a bold cry about how life should be, not about how it is? And so here is Cyrano de Bergerac, with a nose so large he is convinced everyone is laughing at him - yet he dares to love the fair Roxane. I have made it one of my rules in life never to have anything to do with anyone who does not instinctively love Cyrano, and I am most at home with those who identify with him." - Roger, from his review of Cyrano (1990)
Even more thrills await you - join the Club and find out!Cyrano de Bergerac (1950) Directed by Michael Gordon. Based on the 1897 French Alexandrine verse drama Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand. Starring José Ferrer, Mala Powers, William Prince. Synopsis: A charismatic swordsman-poet helps another woo the woman he loves. Note: José Ferrer received the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance as Cyrano.