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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
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 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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

It's a life so outrageous it takes two women to live it. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

The second-hand clothing store that Susan and Roberta go to was called "Love Saves the Day," located in the East Village in New York City. In 2009, due to tripling rent costs, the store shut its doors for good. See more »

Goofs

Boom mic reflected from the hood of the car when Gary pulls his car in front of the used-clothes store. See more »

Quotes

Roberta: Here it is, a message from Jim.
[Reading the Personal Ads]
Roberta: "Desperately Seeking Susan. Keep the faith. Tuesday. 10AM. Battery Park. Gangway 1. Love, Jim"
Leslie: Who's Jim?
Roberta: Oh, God. Tuesday, that's tomorrow.
Leslie: Who's Susan? You know these people?
Roberta: No. You see, Jim follows Susan all over the country. Last January she was in Mexico City, then Seattle. They send messages back and forth. That's how they hook up. And now they're in New York. Desperate. I love that word. It's so romantic.
Leslie: Everybody I know is desperate,...
[...]
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Alternate Versions

Desperately Seeking Susan was intended as an R-rated movie. To address Madonna's very young fan base, the film was trimmed to meet PG-13 criteria. It never received an uncut release. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Gossip Girl: Desperately Seeking Serena (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

You Belong to Me
Written by Carly Simon and Michael McDonald
Performed by Carly Simon
Courtesy of Elektra/Asylum Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Rosanna Arquette's best work
20 June 2004 | by caspian1978See all my reviews

It's been almost 20 years and there hasn't been another film like Desperately Seeking Susan. At times, the movie feels like French New Wave with its characters and storyline. Even the setting of the crude but artistic background of New York City, the movie lets off an emotion of fantasy. The cast which includes Rosanna Arquette, Aidan Quinn, John Turturro and Madonna create a story like no other. Madonna is both the eye candy and the punch lines as Arquette gives her best leading lady qualities. It's hard to believe that this movie cost less than 5 million dollars to make. A true coming of age drama with moments of comedy and struggle, Desperately Seeking Susan falls under many genres of film. The independent style and its outrageous subject matter makes this an interesting and timeless film. Even though it is full of 80's moments with the clothing and music, the movie is one of Madonna's and Arquette's best.


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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

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (original release)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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