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.

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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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Trivia

Kevin Spacey was originally cast as Walker McCormick, but had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts. See more »

Goofs

At the movie theater, the popcorn box contents vary inconsistently between shots and are actually refilled near the end. See more »

Quotes

Anise Hall: Grey! Grey! Slow down! My legs are moving so fast my pantyhose are melting.
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Connections

Referenced in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #17.165 (2019) See more »

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Innocent Believer
Written by John Hughes and Matt Deakin
Produced by John Hughes and Femi Jiya
Performed by 2YZ featuring Terry Wood
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If "Curly Sue" doesn't warm the cockles of your heart, you're dead.
8 December 2002 | by JoernSee all my reviews

Good story. Good script. Good casting. Good acting. Good directing. Good art direction. Good photography. Good sound. Good editing. Good everything. Put it all together and you end up with good entertainment.

The shame of it is that there aren't nearly enough films of this caliber being made these days. We may count ourselves lucky that writers/directors like John Hughes are occasionally able to make their creative voices heard.

Whenever I notice that I'm watching a film for the third or fourth time and still find it thoroughly satisfying I have to conclude that something about that film is right.


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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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