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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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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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$4,500,000 (estimated)

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$27,400,000 (USA)
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Madonna was trying to lose weight, or rather not to gain any. So when the script called for her to be eating, she'd spit out the food at the end of the take! See more »

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

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Prostitute: [Seeing Roberta after she gets in the Police car] So how do the birds work?
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SUCKER M.C.'S
Written by Darryl McDaniels (uncredited) and Joseph Simmons (uncredited)
Performed by Run-D.M.C.
Courtesy of Profile Records
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Rosanna Arquette's best work
20 June 2004 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

It's been almost 20 years and there hasn't been another film like Desperately Seeking Susan. At times, the movie feels like French New Wave with its characters and storyline. Even the setting of the crude but artistic background of New York City, the movie lets off an emotion of fantasy. The cast which includes Rosanna Arquette, Aidan Quinn, John Turturro and Madonna create a story like no other. Madonna is both the eye candy and the punch lines as Arquette gives her best leading lady qualities. It's hard to believe that this movie cost less than 5 million dollars to make. A true coming of age drama with moments of comedy and struggle, Desperately Seeking Susan falls under many genres of film. The independent style and its outrageous subject matter makes this an interesting and timeless film. Even though it is full of 80's moments with the clothing and music, the movie is one of Madonna's and Arquette's best.


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