A homeless man and his young companion who survive by conning people meet a woman who may need them even more than they need her.

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Bill Dancer and his young companion Curly Sue are the classic homeless folks with hearts of gold. Their scams are aimed not at turning a profit, but at getting enough to eat. When they scam the rich and beautiful Grey Ellison into believing she backed her Mercedes into Bill, they're only hoping for a free meal. But Grey is touched, and over the objections of her snotty fiance, insist on putting the two up for the night. As they get to know each other, Bill becomes convinced that this is where Curly Sue belongs - in a home, cared for by someone that can give her the advantages that his homeless, nomadic existence lacks. He plans to leave the young girl in the care of Grey and take off.... but Curly Sue has other ideas! Written by Rick Munoz <rick.munoz@his.com>

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La pequeña pícara  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

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$33,691,313 (USA)
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When the snooty maitre d' tells Curly Sue he wants to kiss her on the cheek, she uses the idiomatic expression "in a pig's eye," meaning extreme disbelief. Pigs' eyes are very small and unrevealing. Although the expression was first used in print by a British Poet, Richard Flecknoe, ironically the idiom is only common in the U.S. and Australia. It first came to use in the U.S. in the 19th century, and is unknown in the U.K. A variant expression is "in a pig's ear." See more »

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When Grey comes home from work and Bill is still gone she corrects Sue about her language. Sue is wearing brand new Nike shoes, yet she is clearly dressed in Grey's clothes not new ones of her own. The shoes mysteriously appear before the shopping trip. Then when she gets taken by social services she is in her cruddy old shoes again. See more »

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Mrs. Arnold: Are you all right? You seem a little... nice.
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A movie that touches your heart!
25 February 1999 | by (Miami, Florida) – See all my reviews

This movie made me very happy. It's impossible not to love the smart and sweet orphan girl who changes the heart of a selfish lawyer only interested in pursuing success in her career. This is a very optimistic movie and I sincerely believe that we need more films like Curly Sue. It touched my heart.


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