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Curly Sue (1991)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Family  |  25 October 1991 (USA)
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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
Cameron Thor ...
Tesio (as Steven Carell)
Charles Adams ...
Prison Guard
James W. Boinski ...


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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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Ralph Foody who was the gangster in the Home Alone movies Kevin watches is the homeless man in Curly Sue who steals the ring and sells it to the pawn shop. He says "Thanks you jerk" to the clerk which he says in the Home Alone Movies. See more »


Sue is trying on her new wardrobe for Grey and her secretary. Grey notices that she's still wearing her cruddy shoes. Sue holds up the fancy shoes and asks "you mean these." She then begins to crawl on the floor and scratch herself. They cut to Grey. They then cut back to Sue, who's now wearing the fancy shoes. See more »


Bill Dancer: You want to know the rest of the story? I'm not her father. I met her mother one night in a bar. Some people get VD from a one-night stand, I got a baby.
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This is a light show that is heartwarming and funny.
11 March 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

With all thats going on in the world sometimes we need an escape. Curly Sue is just that. Not a complicated plot or deep meaning; however it is not devoid of substance. There is more than furious action or heart pounding dramas. There are the charming little shows you can watch with your kids and have enough substance to enjoy with your date. Try it you may like it more than you think. The little girl is really smart and cute. The "Dad" and the girl go thru some slapstick routines. When a jealous boyfriend steps in, trouble brews for Curly and the life shes known may be torn asunder. Fred Thompson and Kelly Lynch play good roles as the upper crust and Alison Porter and James Belushi are a interesting fable like duo portraying street wise homeless drifters. Their worlds collide and comedy ensues.

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