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Desperately Seeking Susan (1985)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 12 April 1985 (USA)
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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Roberta is desperate to be Susan. Susan is wanted by the mob. The mob finds Roberta instead... See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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12 April 1985 (USA)  »

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$4,500,000 (estimated)

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$27,400,000 (USA)
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Upon reading the script for the first time, Rosanna Arquette expressed her desire to play the part of Susan. She was surprised to discover the producers actually wanted her to play the lead part of Roberta. See more »

Goofs

In the opening salon scene Roberta is reading the personal ads while waiting for the hairstylist and she has a white towel around her shoulders in up close shots that disappears when viewing her from behind. See more »

Quotes

Prostitute: [Seeing Roberta after she gets in the Police car] So how do the birds work?
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Soundtracks

ONE THING LEADS TO ANOTHER
Written by Cy Curnin (uncredited), Rupert Greenall (uncredited), Jamie West-Oram (uncredited),
Alfie Agius (uncredited) and Adam Woods (uncredited)
Performed by The Fixx
Courtesy of MCA Records Inc.
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Funny, sweet film
19 February 2002 | by (Philly) – See all my reviews

A wonderful film all around, with good acting, and great humor. This movie is most certainly not serious, but it is great fun to watch, and one of the few movies I have enjoyed seeing multiple times. Madonna is quite good, playing a character similar to her public persona. Aidan Quinn and Rosanna Arquette are also terrific. Even the soundtrack is well done.


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