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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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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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 »

Parents Guide:

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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (original release)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The movie originally ended with Susan and Roberta riding camels in the Sahara. See more »

Goofs

In the opening salon scene Roberta is reading the personal ads while waiting for the hairstylist and she has a white towel around her shoulders in up close shots that disappears when viewing her from behind. See more »

Quotes

Dez: Some guy grabbed you?
Roberta: Yes, he was after me. Well, not me exactly. He was after Susan, who he thinks I am, but I'm not!
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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 »


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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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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