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Release Date:
12 April 1985 (USA) See more »
Roberta is desperate to be Susan. Susan is wanted by the mob. The mob finds Roberta instead... See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Rosanna Arquette ... Roberta Glass / 'Susan'

Madonna ... Susan

Aidan Quinn ... Dez

Mark Blum ... Gary Glass

Robert Joy ... Jim

Laurie Metcalf ... Leslie Glass

Anna Levine ... Crystal

Will Patton ... Wayne Nolan

Peter Maloney ... Ian

Steven Wright ... Larry Stillman D.D.S

John Turturro ... Ray
Anne Carlisle ... Victoria
José Angel Santana ... Boutique Owner (as Jose Santana)

Giancarlo Esposito ... Street Vendor
Richard Hell ... Bruce Meeker
Rockets Redglare ... Taxi Driver
Steve Bosh ... Newscaster
Daisy Bradford ... Daisy

Annie Golden ... Band Singer

Richard Edson ... Man with Newspapers

Ann Magnuson ... Cigarette Girl

John Lurie ... Neighbor Saxophonist

Mary Joy ... Cocktail Waitress

Rosemary Hochschild ... Cocktail Waitress
Iris Chacón ... TV Singer (as Iris Chacon)

Victor Argo ... Sgt. Taskal
Shirley Stoler ... Jail Matron
J.B. Waters ... Jail Matron
Arto Lindsay ... Newspaper Clerk
Henry Adler ... Magic Club Drummer
Marty Gold ... Magic Club Pianist
Alvy West ... Magic Club Saxophonist
Michael R. Chin ... Choy

Patrick John Hurley ... Policeman (as John Patrick Hurley)
Timothy Carhart ... Victoria's Boyfriend
Curt Dempster ... Coffee Shop Manager
Shirley Kaplan ... Waitress
Lázaro Pérez ... Enrique the Guard (as Lazaro Perez)

John Hoyt ... Space Commander
Gary Ray ... Band Member

Gary Binkow ... Band Member
Michael Bramon ... Band Member
Joyce Griffen ... Prostitute
Paul Austin ... Policeman
Richard S. Lowy ... Adrian the Hairdresser
Donna Ritchie ... Hot Tub Girl

Kim Chan ... Park Bum

Michael Badalucco ... Guy from Brooklyn
Elie J. Boubli ... Egyptian Ambassador
Adele Bertei ... Prisoner
Peter Castellotti ... Coffee Shop Cop (as Pete Castellotti)
Wende Dasteel ... Party Guest
Steve Eidel ... Party Guest
Michael Kaufman ... Party Guest

Ilene Kristen ... Party Guest

Carol Leifer ... Party Guest

Richard Portnow ... Party Guest
Isabel García Lorca ... Party Guest (as Isabel Garcia-Lorca)

Tim Ransom ... Bellhop (as Timothy R. Wilson)
Gilda Torterello ... Ray's Mom (as Gilda Tortorello)
Stanley Burns ... Ventriloquist
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Dahdah ... Man Waiting On Line (uncredited)
Eddy Galland ... Boy Triplet (uncredited)

Kevin Harris ... Egyptian Diplomat (uncredited)
David Kellman ... Boy Triplet (uncredited)
Harsh Nayyar ... Egyptian Diplomat (uncredited)
Robert Shafran ... Boy Triplet (uncredited)

Frank Stellato ... Moving Man (uncredited)

Directed by
Susan Seidelman 
Writing credits
Leora Barish (written by)

Produced by
Michael Peyser .... executive producer
Sarah Pillsbury .... producer
Midge Sanford .... producer
Original Music by
Thomas Newman 
Cinematography by
Edward Lachman (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Andrew Mondshein 
Casting by
Risa Bramon Garcia  (as Risa Bramon)
Billy Hopkins 
Production Design by
Santo Loquasto 
Art Direction by
Speed Hopkins 
Set Decoration by
George DeTitta Jr.  (as George Detitta Jr.)
Costume Design by
Santo Loquasto (uncredited)
Makeup Department
Richard Dean .... makeup artist
Werner Sherer .... hair stylist
Production Management
Michael Peyser .... unit production manager
Tom Razzano .... assistant unit production manager (as Thomas A. Razzano)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Dreyfuss .... second assistant director
Rob Schwebber .... dga trainee (as Rob Schweber)
Joel Tuber .... first assistant director
Art Department
Leslie Bloom .... property master
William Durnin Sr. .... set dresser (as Bill Durnin)
Ralph Fratianni .... construction grip (as Ralph Fratiani)
Stan Graham .... scenic artist (as Stanley Graham)
Daniel K. Grosso .... set dresser (as Danny Grasso)
Vincent Lawrence .... scenic artist
Glenn Lloyd .... art department coordinator
Richard Nelson .... set dresser (as Rick Nelson)
Arne Olsen .... head construction grip
Ron Petagna .... shop craftsman (as Ronald J. Petagna)
Yossi Segal .... sketch artist
Bill Sorice .... scenic artist
James Sorice .... master scenic artist
Thomas M. Southern .... scenic artist (as Tommy Southern)
Margot Therre .... scenic artist (as Margot E. Therre)
Dick Tice .... assistant prop man (as Dick Tice Jr.)
Chris Vogt .... set dresser
Dave Weinman .... lead set dresser (as David Weinman)
Morris Weinman .... set dresser
Don Zappia .... construction grip
Frank Didio .... head carpenter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Randall Coleman .... assistant sound editor
Lee Dichter .... sound re-recordist: Sound One Corp.
Jay Dranch .... adr editor
Lou Graf .... sound editor
Frank Graziadei .... sound cable (as Frank J. Graziadei)
Kenton Jakub .... assistant sound editor
Bruce Kitzmeyer .... foley editor
Les Lazarowitz .... sound mixer
Laurie Mullen .... assistant sound editor
Linda Murphy .... boom operator
Peter Odabashian .... sound editor
Mark Rathaus .... sound editor
Maurice Schell .... supervising sound editor
Ahmad Shirazi .... assistant sound editor
Mitchel Stanley .... assistant sound editor
Stuart Stanley .... assistant sound editor
Brunilda Torres .... assistant sound editor
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist (uncredited)
Scott Leva .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Vincent Delaney .... electrician
Mitch Dubin .... first assistant camera
James Fitzpatrick .... gaffer
Francis Kenny .... additional photography
Francis Kenny .... camera operator
Dave Lowry .... grip
Jim Manzione .... electrician (as James Manzione)
Tom McKibbin .... electrician (as Thomas McKibbin)
John Panuccio .... grip
Robert T. Prate .... grip (as Robert Prate)
Tom Prate .... key grip (as Thomas J. Prate Jr.)
Ray Quinlan .... gaffer
Debbie Sarjeant .... second assistant camera
Andrew D. Schwartz .... still photographer (as Andrew Schwartz)
Casting Department
Laura Bemis .... casting assistant
Todd Thaler .... additional casting (as Todd Michael Thaler)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
William A. Campbell .... wardrobe supervisor (as Bill Campbell)
Alison Lances .... costume assistant: Mr. Loquasto
Melissa Stanton .... wardrobe supervisor (as Melissa A. Stanton)
Editorial Department
Sam Adelman .... assistant picture editor
Bobbi Banks .... editing room assistant
Sally Boldt .... editing room assistant
Don Donigi .... processing: DuArt Laboratories
Paula Hunt .... editing room assistant
Tom Mottola .... processing: DuArt Laboratories
James H. Nau .... assistant picture editor
Music Department
Louis Cerborino .... music editor (as Lou Cerborino)
Danny Goldberg .... music supervisor
Timothy R. Sexton .... music supervisor
John Vigran .... music recording engineer
Randall Coleman .... assistant music editor (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Rocco Derasmo .... transportation captain
Patrick Hogan .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Todd Auslander .... production staff
Richard Baratta .... production staff
John Thomas Clifford .... production staff
Jim Davis .... film research
Claudette Didul .... production staff
Jeff Dowd .... producer's representative
Teta Gorgoni .... production staff
Shelley Houis .... production office coordinator (as Shelley T. Houis)
Garland Hunter .... production staff
Ira Hurvitz .... script supervisor
Thomas A. Imperato .... assistant auditor
Julie Lamm .... post-production accountant
Gabrielle Liuzzi .... assistant to producers
Peter Lombardi .... production auditor
Ruth Mullen .... production office assistant
Tom Paolucci .... production staff (as Thomas Paolucci)
Paul Petschek .... assistant: Mr. Peyser (as Paul M. Petschek)
Paul Petschek .... film research
Reid Rosefelt .... publicist
Jay Scherick .... production staff
Michael Sporn .... title designer: Animation Inc.
Sal St. George .... magic consultant
Gilbert S. Williams .... production staff (as Gilbert Williams)
Ernie Karpeles .... animal wrangler (uncredited)
Beth B .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Scott B .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Iris Chacón .... the filmmakers wish to thank (as Iris Chacon)
Julia Child .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Lynn Geller .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Julie Kirkham .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Linda Lichter .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Michael Perez .... special thanks
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
104 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (original release)

Did You Know?

Suzanne Vega auditioned for the role of Susan.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When Susan picks up The New York Mirror newspaper, the word lotto is spelled Looto on the front pageSee more »
Gary:What are you wearing?
Roberta:A jacket. It used to belong to Jimi Hendrix.
Gary:You bought a used jacket? What are we, poor?
See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Medusa: Dare to Be Truthful (1992) (TV)See more »
The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss)See more »


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14 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Madonna Rocks NYC, 21 November 2001
Author: arturopanduro from Florida

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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