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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.

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Susan Seidelman

Writer:

Leora Barish
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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 Levine ... Crystal
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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Storyline

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 »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 April 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Recherche Susan désespérément See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,526,098, 31 March 1985, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$27,398,584
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Orion Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (original release)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Melanie Griffith and Kelly McGillis were considered for the role of Susan. See more »

Goofs

When Susan sees the two criminals on TV, the blond guy is called Richard Nolan. In the closing credits, the character is named Wayne Nolan. See more »

Quotes

Gary: Susan! What are you doing?
Susan: I've got good news and bad news. Which do you want to hear first?
Gary: You said you were going to leave!
Susan: All right, good news first. Roberta's not working with the greaseball.
Gary: My wife just got picked up on the lower east side escaping from her gun-toting pimp.
Susan: He's not a pimp. Problem is, he's probably going to try to kill her because he thinks she's me.
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Soundtracks

Sucker M.C.'S
Written by Darryl McDaniels (uncredited) and Joseph Simmons (uncredited)
Performed by Run-D.M.C.
Courtesy of Profile Records
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New York, Madonna, the 80's. Perfection.
23 April 2011 | by nikita76See all my reviews

This was THE defining movie of my coming-to-teenage years. I saw a rerun on TV the other night and I still knew all the lines by heart. Thank God for this little gem of a movie, in all its silliness. It takes me back to a time when everything was still possible, and I thought I knew everything although I really knew nothing. Well, now that I know, not everything but a great deal, I still find this movie really likable. It's strange that it's so old, and it still feels quite fresh and exciting. Maybe it's the New York atmosphere, or the sense of excitement that Madonna brings to every one of her scenes. I think she's good in this film because she doesn't yet take herself too seriously and isn't trying too hard. She is a natural performer, after all. How else could you solve the mystery of "the one good movie Madonna ever made"?


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