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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bill Dancer (as James Belushi)
Cameron Thor ...
Tesio (as Steven Carell)
Charles Adams ...
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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 <>

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A funny story about a family... And the little girl who started it. See more »


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Release Date:

25 October 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La pequeña pícara  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)


$33,691,313 (USA)

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Ralph Foody who was the gangster in the movies Kevin watches in Home Alone (1990) and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992) is the homeless man who steals the ring and sells it to the pawn shop. Those movies were also written by John Hughes. See more »


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Works as a guilty pleasure
26 June 2005 | by (California, USA) – See all my reviews

I remember having a pretty low regard for a venture like this when it was first released. James "Not Jim" Belushi, a hammy kid actress, and a cheesy title in a John Hughes formula. You couldn't have paid me to see it 15 years ago. But, I got caught up watching it while wasting away a Sunday afternoon, and it hits me on a couple of levels. The fairy tale (part Pretty Woman, part reverse Pretty Woman), the very vulnerable, Elizabeth_Perkins_in_Miracle_On_42nd_Street -like performance by Kelly Lynch, the escapism. Over all, it gently pulls some very nice strings. It's pretty hard not to fall into the story, develop a crush on Kelly Lynch, identify with James Belushi, dislike the stiff bad guy boyfriend, and laugh at the Curley Sue lines. Has all the ups and downs, with a happy ending, and the kind of message you want to hear. Go ahead, waste your time on this movie, it's worth it.

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