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Curly Sue -- Chicago. Another town, another innocent scam for vagabond Bill Dancer and the curly-topped orphan he's cared for since infancy.
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Writer (WGA):
John Hughes (written by)
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Release Date:
25 October 1991 (USA) See more »
A funny story about a family... And the little girl who started it. See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

James Belushi ... Bill Dancer

Kelly Lynch ... Grey Ellison

Alisan Porter ... Curly Sue

John Getz ... Walker McCormick

Fred Dalton Thompson ... Bernard Oxbar
Cameron Thor ... Maitre d'

Branscombe Richmond ... Albert

Steve Carell ... Tesio (as Steven Carell)

Gail Boggs ... Anise Hall

Burke Byrnes ... Dr. Maxwell

Viveka Davis ... Trina

Barbara Tarbuck ... Mrs. Arnold

Edie McClurg ... Secretary
Charles Adams ... Prison Guard
James W. Boinski ... Pawnbroker
Lyle Browne ... Theater Patron (as Lyle Brown)
Nadine Burke ... Social Worker

Adele Robbins ... DCFS Caseworker
Carol Chickering ... Soprano
Grace Collette ... Foster Mother
Ralph Foody ... Drifter
Cedrick Pipes ... Cook
Alonzo Hall ... Cook
Luke Reichle ... Store Clerk 1
Joel Levin ... Store Clerk 2
Tammy Karabas ... Store Clerk 3 (as Tammy Karabas-Brody)
Patricia Hooker ... Store Clerk 4
Joe Liss ... Ticket Taker
Rocco Pecirno ... Father of the Bride

Ely Pouget ... Dinah Tompkins
Susan Mayer ... Woman with Champagne Glass
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

John Ashton ... Frank Arnold (uncredited)

James DeAngelo ... Hobo (uncredited)

Brian Reed Garvin ... Theater Manager (uncredited)
Karen Jensen-Clark ... Theatre Patron (uncredited)

Shon Little ... Federico (uncredited)
Robert Minkoff ... Bit (uncredited)
Larry Nazimek ... Homeless Person (uncredited)
Robert 'Bobby Z' Zajonc ... State Trooper (uncredited)

Directed by
John Hughes 
Writing credits
John Hughes (written by)

Produced by
Tarquin Gotch .... executive producer
John Hughes .... producer
Lynn M. Morgan .... associate producer
Original Music by
Georges Delerue 
Cinematography by
Jeffrey L. Kimball (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Peck Prior 
Harvey Rosenstock 
Casting by
Janet Hirshenson 
Jane Jenkins 
Production Design by
Doug Kraner 
Art Direction by
Steven Schwartz 
Set Decoration by
Marjorie Fritz-Birch 
Samara Schaffer  (as Sam Schaffer)
Costume Design by
Michael Kaplan 
Makeup Department
Linda Boykin-Williams .... makeup artist
Bonnie Clevering .... hair stylist (as Bonnie M. Cleverling)
Susan Mayer .... makeup artist (as Susan 'Sam' Mayer)
Ve Neill .... makeup artist
Kathe Swanson .... hair stylist
Production Management
Lynn M. Morgan .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jeanne Caliendo .... first assistant director: second unit
Jeanne Caliendo .... second assistant director
James Giovannetti Jr. .... first assistant director
Geoffrey Hansen .... second assistant director
Freddie Hice .... second unit director
Aimee Kohn .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Daril Alder .... leadman
Paul V. Allen Sr. .... gang boss (as Paul Allen)
Gary Baugh .... set designer
Daniel B. Clancy .... leadman: Chicago (as Dan Clancy)
Edward England .... construction coordinator (as Ed England)
Anthony Joseph Fatigato .... on set painter
William B. Fosser .... set designer (as William Fosser)
Randy Gordon .... construction foreman
Kim S. Hobbs .... art department coordinator
Aaron C. Holden Jr. .... assistant props
Aaron Holden .... property master (as Aaron Charles Holden)
Patty Hooker .... property master
Jeffrey Kushon .... leadman: Chicago
Masako Masuda .... set designer
Quentin Matthys .... set dresser
John Mikels .... stand-by painter
Agnes Oberth .... painter
Tom Osman .... laborer
Pat Raney .... construction foreman
Amie McCarthy Winn .... assistant props (as Amie McCarthy)
Steven Wolff .... assistant art director (as Steve Wolff)
John Biesack .... art production assistant (uncredited)
Anthony Joseph Fatigato .... painter (uncredited)
Robert E. Knight .... lead scenic painter (uncredited)
Andy Mentzer .... painter/dyer (uncredited)
James Nedza .... art department coordinator (uncredited)
Tyler Osman .... carpenter foreman (uncredited)
Sound Department
Christopher Assells .... dialogue editor
Robert Batha .... sound effects editor
Gregg Baxter .... supervising adr editor
David E. Campbell .... sound re-recording mixer (as Dave Campbell)
Stuart Copely .... dialogue editor
Richard Dwan Jr. .... dialogue editor
Gary A. Hecker .... foley mixer (as Gary 'Wrecker' Hecker)
Chris Hogan .... sound effects editor
Christopher Moriana .... foley artist
John T. Reitz .... sound re-recording mixer (as John Reitz)
Jay B. Richardson .... sound effects editor (as Jay Richardson)
Gregg Rudloff .... sound re-recording mixer
Kenneth Schwarz .... boom operator (as Ken Schwarz)
Wylie Stateman .... supervising sound editor
Bill Voigtlander .... adr editor
Charles M. Wilborn .... sound mixer (as Charles Wilborn)
Jeffrey Wilhoit .... foley artist
Michael D. Wilhoit .... supervising sound editor (as Michael Wilhoit)
Willy Allen .... foley editor (uncredited)
Dino Dimuro .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Janet Gratz .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Allen Hurd .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Mark Lanza .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Glenn T. Morgan .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
John E. Gray .... special effects coordinator
Mike Hohe .... special effects
Rodman Kiser .... special effects
Dieter Sturm .... special effects snowmaker
Visual Effects by
Kevin Nordine .... opticals
Troy Brown .... stunt player
Freddie Hice .... stunt coordinator
Freddie Hice .... stunt player
Johnny Hock .... stunt player
Rick Le Fevour .... stunt player (as Rick LeFevour)
Stacy Logan .... stunt player
Daniel Maldonado .... stunt player (as Daniel Maldanado)
Randy Popplewell .... stunt player
Chad Randall .... stunt player
Cris Thomas-Palomino .... stunt player
Rich Wilkie .... stunt player
Camera and Electrical Department
Paolo Cascio .... second assistant camera (as Paul A. Cascio)
John Connell .... gyrosphere camera assistant
Peter J. Donoghue .... rigging gaffer
Adam C. Eichhorst .... grip
Tom Holloway .... best boy grip (as Thomas Holloway)
Mel P. Mack .... assistant chief lighting technician
Bradley T. Matthys .... dolly grip
Donald E. Miller .... key grip: Chicago (as Don Miller)
James A. Miller .... chief lighting technician
David B. Nowell .... aerial photographer
Flemming Olsen .... director of photography: second unit
J. Michael Popovich .... key grip
Douglas Ryan .... camera operator
Gregory J. Schmidt .... first assistant camera (as Gregory Schmidt)
Robert Ulland .... Steadicam operator (as Bob Ulland)
Michael P. Weinstein .... still photographer (as Michael Weinstein)
Frank Yario Jr. .... video playback operator
William Allen Jr. .... grip (uncredited)
Ron Kunecke .... musco light operator (uncredited)
Gregory Lundsgaard .... Steadicam operator (uncredited)
Mark N. Woods .... electrician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Catherine Jane Holzer .... extras casting director (as Catherine Holzer-Ballowe)
Jacqueline King .... casting assistant
Barbara L. Roche .... extras casting
Mark A. Ridge .... extras casting (uncredited)
Suzy Sachs .... additional casting: Seattle (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Cathy Newport-Logan .... costumer: women
Kaye Nottbusch .... costumer: women
Luke Reichle .... costumer: men
Barbara Scott .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Donah Bassett .... negative cutter
Eric L. Beason .... assistant editor
Chris Boscardin .... assistant editor
Jerrie Fowler .... assistant editor
John Lafferty .... first assistant editor
Jim Makiej .... assistant editor (as John Makiej)
Ray Martin .... color timer
Julie Rogers .... assistant editor
David Stiven .... additional film editor (as David B. Stiven)
Sandy French .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Steve Kraus .... editing systems technician (uncredited)
Tom Rovak .... colorist: video dailies (uncredited)
Music Department
Tom Boyd .... oboe soloist
Dan Carlin Sr. .... supervising music editor (as Dan Carlin)
Daniel Allan Carlin .... supervising music editor (as Dan Carlin)
George Doering .... musician
Robert Fernandez .... scoring mixer (as Bobby Fernandez)
Jeffrey P. Kloth .... composer: additional music
Blake Martin Moulin .... assistant music editor
Eric Reasoner .... music editor
Michael Dittrick .... music editor (uncredited)
Transportation Department
James Hogan .... transportation captain
John P. McAuliffe .... transportation captain
Armand Paoletti .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Betsy Bottando .... assistant location manager
Mark Bransfield .... staff assistant
Raymond Bulinski .... craft service (as Ray Bulinski)
Thomas J. Busch .... location manager (as Tom Busch)
Scott Delsener .... staff assistant
Jesse J. Donnelly .... assistant: Mr. Belushi (as Jesse Donnelly)
Wilma Garscadden-Gahret .... script supervisor
West Humphries .... caterer
John Iltis .... unit publicist
William Johnson .... production secretary
Tammy Karabas .... assistant: Mr. Gotch (as Tammy Karabas-Brody)
Lori Koravos .... production accountant (as Lori LeNoble-Koravos)
Kathryn Madden .... first aid (as Kathryn A. Madden)
Ernie Malik .... unit publicist
Pat McNeeley .... staff assistant
Terry Mettger .... set estimator
Charlene Norman .... assistant production secretary
Bill Ryan .... assistant: Mr. Hughes
Bob Saunders .... staff assistant (as Robert Saunders)
Kirsten Stevens .... assistant production accountant (as Kirsten A. Stevens)
Elizabeth Tompkins .... assistant production accountant (as Elizabeth K. Tompkins)
Seth Vamos .... staff assistant
Jane Vickerilla .... assistant: Mr. Hughes
Jimmy Borto .... production assistant (uncredited)
Kyle Cooper .... title designer (uncredited)
Bill Daly .... post-production accountant (uncredited)
Mark Gulbrandsen .... dailies projection technician (uncredited)
Steve Kraus .... dailies projectionist (uncredited)
Michelle Landes .... extras coordinator: on-set (uncredited)
James Andrew Pearson .... production assistant (uncredited)
R.P. Sekon .... production executive: Hughes Entertainment (uncredited)
Robert 'Bobby Z' Zajonc .... aerial coordinator (uncredited)

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101 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Canada:G (Nova Scotia) (original rating) | Canada:PG (Nova Scotia) (re-rating) | Finland:S | Germany:0 | Iceland:L | Norway:11 | Peru:PT | Portugal:M/6 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:All | Spain:T | Sweden:7 | UK:PG | USA:PG
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

According to Janet Hirshenson and Jane Jenkins's book about their adventures in casting, George Clooney was looked at for the part of Walker.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
Mrs. Arnold:Are you all right? You seem a little... nice.See more »
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13 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Sweet story about an orphan's quest for love and stability, 21 May 2005
Author: mdm-11 from United States

Writer/Director John Hughes covered all bases (as usual) with this bitter-sweet "Sunday Afternoon" family movie. "Curly Sue" is a sweet, precocious orphan, cared for from infancy by "Bill". The pair live off their wits as they travel the great US of A. Fate matches them with a "very pretty" yuppie lawyer, and the rest is predictable.

Kids will love this film, as they can relate to the heroine, played by 9 year old Alisan Poter (who went on to be the "you go girl!" of Pepsi commercials). The character is supposed to be about 6 or 7, as she is urged to think about going to school. Some of her vocabulary suggests that she is every day of 9 or older.

Similar to "Home Alone", there is plenty of slap-stick and little fists punching big fat chins. Again, this is "formula" film making, aimed at a young audience. Entertaining and heartwarming. Don't look for any surprises, but be prepared to shed a tear or two.

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