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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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A life so outrageous it takes two women to live it See more »

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Madonna beat out Jennifer Jason Leigh to the role of Susan. See more »

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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 Home Improvement: Desperately Seeking Willow (1998) 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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Rosanna Arquette and Madonna rule!
20 March 2008 | by (Normal, IL, USA) – See all my reviews

"Desperately Seeking Susan", still an awesome movie today, a great cast, plot and director.

The plot is an interesting one that has mistaken identity in it. Rosanna Arquette's performance as Roberta Glass really shines in this film. Madonna, actually did really awesome as Susan, this is by far her best film she has ever done. Aidan Quinn, who is a very awesome actor, his role as Dez, I give him a lot of credit for his performance, outstanding. Robert Joy as Jimmy, so cool. This movie has a lot of class and still shows how great the 1980s is, the good old days. A lot of movies out today, suck!

Rosanna Arquette's character is a woman who is desperate, desperate to have a better life then the one she is having right now. Love the fact that she is a woman who is not too into money cause she is a woman who would like to have fun. It comes to show that money is not always everything. Her hot tub salesman husband, Gary (Mark Blum), not really paying attention to her needs and can't see she is unhappy and bored.

Susan, a woman who is a fun-loving woman, who gets into some trouble, steals some ancient Egyptian artifacts from a man in Alantic City, New Jersey, and a man who stole them, wants them back and things get crazy from there and later on.

I love this film with all my heart, awesome music, love Madonna's song "Into the Groove", there are a lot of other great songs in the film, too. The good old days of the 1980s still live in this film and beyond.


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