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Desperately Seeking Susan (1985)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  12 April 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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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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Trivia

Camel withdrew a sponsorship of $5,000 because of the scene where Dez (Aidan Quinn) tells Roberta (Rosanna Arquette) that she "should stop smoking". See more »

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When Susan picks up The New York Mirror newspaper, the word lotto is spelled Looto on the front page See more »

Quotes

Leslie: I can't believe Roberta's a prostitute.
Gary: Roberta's not a prostitute.
Leslie: I saw this thing on television about this woman who turned tricks in the city from nine until noon, then went shopping all afternoon. It was years before her husband found out about it. Oh, my God, I've heard that four out of five prostitutes are lesbians.
Gary: Don't you think I would know if my wife was a lesbian?
Leslie: Why? You didn't know she was a prostitute!
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References Celine and Julie Go Boating (1974) See more »

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RESPECT
Written by Otis Redding (uncredited)
Performed by Aretha Franklin
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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a decent movie, but not funny
28 July 2002 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

I fear I may be going against the grain here...

"Desperately Seeking Susan" was certainly inventive, original, and oftentimes fun. The acting was actually decent, even from Madonna (whose acting has won her 6 Razzies). However, I think the movie suffers from being labelled a comedy. While a couple lines brought a smile or a chuckle, I rarely laughed throughout this movie. Not that there were jokes that didn't work; I couldn't tell what was even supposed to be funny! The whole situation was amusing, but I wouldn't call it laugh-out-loud funny. Eh, whatever. I'd still recommend it.


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