A homeless man and his young companion, who survive by conning people, meet a woman who may need them even more than they need her.

Director:

John Hughes

Writer:

John Hughes
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Belushi ... Bill Dancer (as James Belushi)
Kelly Lynch ... Grey Ellison
Alisan Porter ... Curly Sue
John Getz ... Walker McCormick
Fred Thompson ... Bernard Oxbar (as Fred Dalton Thompson)
Cameron Thor ... Maitre d'
Branscombe Richmond ... Albert
Steve Carell ... Tesio (as Steven Carell)
Gail Boggs ... Anise Hall
Burke Byrnes ... Dr. Maxwell
Viveka Davis ... Trina
Barbara Tarbuck ... Mrs. Arnold
Edie McClurg ... Secretary
Charles Adams Charles Adams ... Prison Guard
James W. Boinski James W. Boinski ... Pawnbroker
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Storyline

Bill Dancer and his young companion Curly Sue are the classic homeless folks with hearts of gold. Their scams are aimed not at turning a profit, but at getting enough to eat. When they scam the rich and beautiful Grey Ellison into believing she backed her Mercedes into Bill, they're only hoping for a free meal. But Grey is touched, and over the objections of her snotty fiance, insist on putting the two up for the night. As they get to know each other, Bill becomes convinced that this is where Curly Sue belongs - in a home, cared for by someone that can give her the advantages that his homeless, nomadic existence lacks. He plans to leave the young girl in the care of Grey and take off.... but Curly Sue has other ideas! Written by Rick Munoz <rick.munoz@his.com>

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Certificate:

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Trivia

John Hughes had originally asked John Williams to compose the music for this film after their collaboration on Home Alone (1990). But Williams was busy working with Steven Spielberg on Hook (1991). Hughes then hired Georges Delerue having been impressed with his work on Steel Magnolias (1989). See more »

Goofs

Sue is trying on her new wardrobe for Grey and her secretary. Grey notices that she's still wearing her cruddy shoes. Sue holds up the fancy shoes and asks "you mean these." She then begins to crawl on the floor and scratch herself. They cut to Grey. They then cut back to Sue, who's now wearing the fancy shoes. See more »

Quotes

Bill Dancer: Look, no swearing, no gambling, no spitting, no punching, and no kicking, all right?
Curly Sue: Put a sock in it, I know what I'm doing.
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Connections

References Flipper (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

Dudley Do-Right
Written by Fred Steiner
Courtesy of Jay Ward Productions, Inc.
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A fun movie for the whole family
3 September 1999 | by Cal-37See all my reviews

Give this movie a break! Its worth at least a "7"! That little girl is a good actor and she's cute, too. Jim Belushi is a comic genius. You can't help but feel good at the end! I wish there were more wholesome shows like this, that you can enjoy with your kids!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 October 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Curly Sue See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,974,958, 27 October 1991

Gross USA:

$33,691,313

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$33,691,313
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Dolby Stereo | SDDS (2002 Re-Release)| Dolby Digital (2002 Re-Release)| DTS (Digital DTS Sound) (2002 Re-Release)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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