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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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Storyline

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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Look out everybody! The world's smallest con artist is in town. See more »


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25 October 1991 (USA)  »

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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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Bill Murray turned down the role of Bill Dancer because he was busy with other projects. See more »

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It is revealed that Susan can't read, yet when she and Bill take Grey out to eat they check a banquet listing directory and it is Susan's finger that scans the listed parties and chooses the one they attend. This seems to indicate that she can read. See more »

Quotes

Curly Sue: We wouldn't even be talking about this if you'd gotten some money out of that lady, we'd be on the road. You didn't because she was too pretty.
Bill Dancer: She was too smart.
Curly Sue: And she was too pretty.
Bill Dancer: She was in a hurry.
Curly Sue: And she was too pretty.
Bill Dancer: She was going to catch onto us.
Curly Sue: And she was too pretty.
Bill Dancer: You're pretty, and I don't leave you alone.
Curly Sue: She was too pretty.
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Referenced in Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (2004) See more »

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Innocent Believer
Written by John Hughes and Matt Deakin
Produced by John Hughes and Femi Jiya
Performed by 2YZ featuring Terry Wood
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If "Curly Sue" doesn't warm the cockles of your heart, you're dead.
8 December 2002 | by (Napanee) – See all my reviews

Good story. Good script. Good casting. Good acting. Good directing. Good art direction. Good photography. Good sound. Good editing. Good everything. Put it all together and you end up with good entertainment.

The shame of it is that there aren't nearly enough films of this caliber being made these days. We may count ourselves lucky that writers/directors like John Hughes are occasionally able to make their creative voices heard.

Whenever I notice that I'm watching a film for the third or fourth time and still find it thoroughly satisfying I have to conclude that something about that film is right.


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