A bored New Jersey suburban housewife's fascination with a kooky character she's read about in the personal columns leads to her being mistaken for the woman herself.

Director:

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 Thomson ... 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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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 »

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Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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In October 2007 a musical version of the movie was staged in London's Novello Theatre featuring Emma Williams as Susan and Kelly Price as Roberta. Written and conceived by American actor Peter Michael Marino, the musical was directed by Angus Jackson, choreographed by Andy Blankenbuehler featuring Blondie classics such as, "One Way or Another," "Heart of Glass," "Atomic," "Dreaming," "The Tide is High," "Hanging On the Telephone," "Picture This," "Rapture," etc. See more »

Goofs

Susan/Madonna wears pants with silver pockets when walking in New York City followed closely by Roberta, but the next take after meeting Jimmy, her black pants are different and without silver pockets. See more »

Quotes

Leslie: Gary, I think you have got to accept the fact that there is something very unusual going on in your relationship.
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Alternate Versions

There is an edited version for basic cable and broadcast TV which appeared on the WE channel (and probably other outlets) after September 11, 2001, where several shots of the World Trade Center have been expunged (along with the usual swear words, drug references, etc.) See more »

Connections

Referenced in Newhart: Desperately Desiring Susan: Part 2 (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

Hail, Hail, the Gang's All Here
(1917) (uncredited)
Music by Theodore Morse and Arthur Sullivan
Played at the Magic Club
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Definitely more than 5.9 stars
18 July 2018 | by chaswe-28402See all my reviews

Hard to say why this movie is rated so low on this site. In some ways I agree with the critics, but overall I found it to be entertaining, and even funny in parts. I certainly didn't see anything wrong with the performance of Madonna, or any of the others. Laurie Metcalf was great. Perhaps the amnesia plot device was a little lame for hanging the entire narrative on. The production had more of an air of a play for television than a full-scale feature film. Memorable title, but I admit to having forgotten the story by the time I gave it a second look. Remembered and appreciated the Jimmy Presley masonic dollar jacket, however.


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Official Sites:

HBOMAX [United States]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 April 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Desperately Seeking Susan See more »

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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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