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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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Boutique Owner (as Jose Santana)
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Storyline

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

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Comedy | Drama

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12 April 1985 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,526,098, 31 March 1985, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$27,398,584
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

One of the iconic jackets that Madonna and Rosanna Arquette wore in the film was sold at a Hollywood auction in November, 2014 for approximately $225,000. One of the earrings worn by them fetched $34,000. See more »

Goofs

Reflected in car windshield as Roberta and Susan walk outside. See more »

Quotes

Gary: I didn't know about all this.
Susan: Between you and me, how much do you really know about Roberta? Why didn't you tell me she read the personals? We could have settled this yesterday.
Gary: She read them all the time. I didn't think...
Susan: Yeah, well, fortunately for everyone, I'm here and I'm thinking.
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Referenced in The World's Greatest Movie Songs: Top 50 (2014) See more »

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Performed by Junior Walker
Courtesy of Motown Records
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Funny, sweet film
19 February 2002 | by See all my reviews

A wonderful film all around, with good acting, and great humor. This movie is most certainly not serious, but it is great fun to watch, and one of the few movies I have enjoyed seeing multiple times. Madonna is quite good, playing a character similar to her public persona. Aidan Quinn and Rosanna Arquette are also terrific. Even the soundtrack is well done.


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