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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 someon is looking for the jacket - and its owner... Written by Colin Tinto <cst@imdb.com>

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It's a life so outrageous it takes two women to live it. See more »

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$4,500,000 (estimated)

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$27,400,000 (USA)
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The identical triplets dressed in the same outfit outside the publishing house where Madonna places a personal ad were real triplets not originally in the script. Director Susan Seidelman noticed them walking down the street while setting up the shot and wanted them in the scene, as they captured the film's theme of doubling. See more »

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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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Referenced in Newhart: Desperately Desiring Susan: Part 1 (1986) See more »

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SOMEDAY, SOMEWAY
Written by Marshall Crenshaw (uncredited)
Performed by Marshall Crenshaw
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records, Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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New York, Madonna, the 80's. Perfection.
23 April 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This was THE defining movie of my coming-to-teenage years. I saw a rerun on TV the other night and I still knew all the lines by heart. Thank God for this little gem of a movie, in all its silliness. It takes me back to a time when everything was still possible, and I thought I knew everything although I really knew nothing. Well, now that I know, not everything but a great deal, I still find this movie really likable. It's strange that it's so old, and it still feels quite fresh and exciting. Maybe it's the New York atmosphere, or the sense of excitement that Madonna brings to every one of her scenes. I think she's good in this film because she doesn't yet take herself too seriously and isn't trying too hard. She is a natural performer, after all. How else could you solve the mystery of "the one good movie Madonna ever made"?


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