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Desperately Seeking Susan (1985)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 12 April 1985 (USA)
A bored suburban housewife, seeking escape from her life, suffers amnesia after an accident, wakes up, 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 someone 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)  »

Also Known As:

Recherche Susan désespérément  »

Box Office

Budget:

$4,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,526,098 (USA) (31 March 1985)

Gross:

$27,398,584 (USA)
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Trivia

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.
[Reading]
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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Connections

Referenced in Remote Control (1988) See more »

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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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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