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Desperately Seeking Susan (1985)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  29 March 1985 (USA)
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A bored suburban housewife, seeking adventure to her life, accidentally gets hit on the head, wakes up with amnesia, and is mistaken for a free-spirited New York City drifter named Susan.

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Storyline

Bored Roberta spots a regular personal ad in the paper titled 'Desperately Seeking Susan'. She heads off to New York, following one of the ads, and finds Susan. When Susan sells her jacket, Roberta - trying to emulate her mystery ad writer - buys the jacket and wears it. Little does she know someon is looking for the jacket - and its owner... Written by Colin Tinto <cst@imdb.com>

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A life so outrageous it takes two women to live it See more »

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29 March 1985 (USA)  »

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Desperately Seeking Susan  »

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$4,500,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$27,400,000 (USA)
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The orange baseball jersey that Susan wears after her clothes have been stolen, sports the letters MC. These are Madonna's initials; her full name is Madonna Ciccone. See more »

Goofs

When Susan walks dripping wet from the swimming pool to the poolside chair, her path is already wet from previous takes. See more »

Quotes

Susan: Roberta kept a diary. Great stuff.
[Reading]
Susan: "Couldn't sleep. Went into kitchen. Gary came in, turned on light. Gary left. Finished birthday cake." Pages of it. It's got to be a cover, nobody's life could be this boring!
Gary: You shouldn't be reading that, it's personal.
Susan: Yeah, well it's not about her, it's about me.
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Susan: "He's looking for Susan again. This is the fifth ad he's run. Why does he want to see her so badly? Who is she?" And here's my picture.
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Performed by Junior Walker
Courtesy of Motown Records
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Irreverent, Original and Hilarious
24 September 1999 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Luscious Rosanna Arquette is perfect as the naive housewife in one of the most original comedies ever. Anyone who takes this picture seriously needs a reality check. Madonna is perfect as herself and everyone else in the cast sets this movie up for maximum laughs. Mark Blum does well as the inattentive self-absorbed husband, Aidan Quinn as the unknowing love interest to Rosanna, and even the smaller roles (including a funny bit with a virtually unknown John Turturro) make this a real treat. There are just too many funny lines and scenes to mention. A 10 for originality. [But Arquette and Madonna being the same weight and size?--C'mon]


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