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Desperately Seeking Susan (1985)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 12 April 1985 (USA)
A bored suburban housewife, seeking escape from her life, suffers amnesia after an accident, wakes up, and is mistaken for a free-spirited New York City drifter named Susan.

Director:

Susan Seidelman

Writer:

Leora Barish
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rosanna Arquette ... Roberta Glass
Madonna ... Susan
Aidan Quinn ... Dez
Mark Blum ... Gary Glass
Robert Joy ... Jim
Laurie Metcalf ... Leslie Glass
Anna Winger ... Crystal (as Anna Levine)
Will Patton ... Wayne Nolan
Peter Maloney ... Ian
Steven Wright ... Larry Stillman D.D.S
John Turturro ... Ray
Anne Carlisle ... Victoria
José Angel Santana José Angel Santana ... Boutique Owner (as Jose Santana)
Giancarlo Esposito ... Street Vendor
Richard Hell Richard Hell ... Bruce Meeker
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Bored Roberta spots a regular personal ad in the paper titled 'Desperately Seeking Susan'. She heads off to New York, following one of the ads, and finds Susan. When Susan sells her jacket, Roberta - trying to emulate her mystery ad writer - buys the jacket and wears it. Little does she know someone is looking for the jacket - and its owner... Written by Colin Tinto <cst@imdb.com>

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Roberta is desperate to be Susan. Susan is wanted by the mob. The mob finds Roberta instead... See more »

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Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Trivia

In the first external shoots, nobody was paying attention to Madonna's acting. By the time shooting finished 9 weeks later, production had to hire security to keep fans off the set, because Like A Virgin had dropped and Madonna was a star. See more »

Goofs

When Susan picks up The New York Mirror newspaper, the word lotto is spelled Looto on the front page. This is a play on the tendency of New York tabloids (such as the Post) to run short punchy headlines with broad puns ("loot" being a term for money, in case anyone missed that). See more »

Quotes

Roberta: This is like a deja vu.
Dez: How can you have a deja vu if you don't remember anything?
Roberta: No, no. I mean, this is all deja vu.
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Alternate Versions

The song heard in the beginning of the movie is "The Shoop Shoop song" in the US version whereas it is "One fine day" in the European one, possibly for copyright reasons. See more »

Connections

Spoofed in Sledge Hammer!: Desperately Seeking Dori (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Mashed Potato Time
Written by Kal Mann and Bernie Lowe (as Harry Land)
Performed by Dee Dee Sharp
Courtesy of K-Tel International
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The Greatest Female Entertainer of All Time
12 September 2004 | by schoollydee11See all my reviews

This fun-filled ride from the 80's is one of my classics that represent that decade. (the others are: Ferris Bueller, Breakfast Club and Beat Steet/Breakin') What makes this movie a classic is not the plot, nor the acting, nor the cinematography. What makes this movie a classic is simply M-A-D-O-N-N-A. Madonna is a sexual revolutionary who changed the feminine, pop and musical culture across the USA, if not the world. The female Elvis. She brought flavors of underground and "taboos" to mainstream America. She absolutely crushed the sexual restraints that were in place before her and did it with style. Madonna was slutty, sleazy, hot, sensual, bold, cutting-edge, or whatever word you use to describe her. In this movie she plays.....Madonna!

Her wardrobe was....Madonna! Remember in the 80s, that lacy shirt with her bra showing and her belly button exposed was "lewd". Now, its no big deal. Spears, Aguilera, Lopez, etc all owe their bold sensuality to their pioneer, Madonna. Of course, I must give credit to the revolutonaries before Madonna: Mae West and Marilyn Monroe.

This movie cleverly portrays Madonna's character (Susan...(Madonna)) as a vagabond and a hustler that is lovable and larger than life...like a cat with nine lives. She simply didn't give a damn and lived carefree. a heartbreaker and money-taker. The story, believe me, is irrelevant. It's just an excuse to film Madonna and sell tickets (DVDs). If you were at least a teenager in the 80's you loved the movie then...and you gotta love it today.

YES...we really did dress that way!!!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 April 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,526,098, 31 March 1985

Gross USA:

$27,398,584

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$27,398,584
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Orion Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (original release)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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