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Desperately Seeking Susan (1985)

PG-13  |   |  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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12 April 1985 (USA)  »

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Recherche Susan désespérément  »

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$4,500,000 (estimated)

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$27,400,000 (USA)
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The producers couldn't get Kevin Costner or Dennis Quaid to read for the role of Dez, because with two female leads, some actors didn't want to be third fiddle. See more »

Goofs

Susan/Madonna wore pants with silver pockets when walking in NYC and followed closely by Roberta, but the next take after having met Jimmy her black pants are different and without silver pockets. See more »

Quotes

Jim: You were with this guy?
Susan: He was breathing when I left.
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Referenced in Neighbours: Desperately Sneaking Susan (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss)
Written by Rudy Clark
Performed by Betty Everett
Courtesy of Vee-Jay Records
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Madonna Rocks NYC
21 November 2001 | by (Florida) – See all my reviews

This movie has 5 great things going for it: Madonna, Rosanna Arquette, the soundtrack, shot in 1984 and in New York City. Arquette plays Roberta Glass, a bored and ignored housewife who is obsessed with a couple she reads about in the personals, Jim and Susan. Roberta reads that Jim and Susan will meet at Battery Park the following day, and goes down to watch the two. As Jim and Susan part again for a few days, Roberta decides to follow Susan (Madonna) though the streets and into a clothing store, where Susan trades the store-owner her pyramid jacket for some rhinestone boots. When Susan leaves, Roberta buys the jacket, goes home and finds a key in one of the pockets. Roberta then puts an ad in the paper for Susan to meet her at Battery Park to pick up the key she left in the jacket. As Susan gets to the park, she is arrested for short-changing the cab driver, just as a thug who is after Susan mistakes Roberta for her. Roberta knocks herself out cold accidentally and wakes up believing she is Susan. The rest of the film is non-stop comedic confusion and madness, played out by some great talents including Laurie Metcalf as Roberta's sister-in-law, Leslie, and Aidan Quinn, Robert Joy and Mark Blum as the hapless unfortunate love interests of our heroines. Directed by Susan Seidelman ("Smithereens"). Highly recommended.


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