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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>

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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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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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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 set, because Like A Virgin had dropped and Madonna was a star. 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

Dez: Jim said a friend of yours got killed outside your hotel... in Atlantic City. He was pretty worried.
Roberta: Killed? Dead?
Dez: Sort of goes with the territory, doesn't it, Susan?
Roberta: Maybe I know who did it. I wish I could remember.
Dez: Maybe you were the killer.
Roberta: [incredulously:] No!
[scoffs, then thinks it over:]
Roberta: I should probably lay low for a while, huh?
Dez: It might be a wise idea. So, you don't know who the guy at the quay was?
[she shakes her head]
[...]
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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

Featured in 100 Years of Comedy (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Someday, Someway
Written by Marshall Crenshaw (uncredited)
Performed by Marshall Crenshaw
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records, Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Irreverent, Original and Hilarious
24 September 1999 | by eeqSee all my reviews

Luscious Rosanna Arquette is perfect as the naive housewife in one of the most original comedies ever. Anyone who takes this picture seriously needs a reality check. Madonna is perfect as herself and everyone else in the cast sets this movie up for maximum laughs. Mark Blum does well as the inattentive self-absorbed husband, Aidan Quinn as the unknowing love interest to Rosanna, and even the smaller roles (including a funny bit with a virtually unknown John Turturro) make this a real treat. There are just too many funny lines and scenes to mention. A 10 for originality. [But Arquette and Madonna being the same weight and size?--C'mon]


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