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Curly Sue (1991)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Bill Dancer (as James Belushi)
... Grey Ellison
... Curly Sue
... Walker McCormick
... Bernard Oxbar
Cameron Thor ... Maitre d'
... Albert
... Tesio (as Steven Carell)
... Anise Hall
... Dr. Maxwell
... Trina
... Mrs. Arnold
... Secretary
Charles Adams ... Prison Guard
James W. Boinski ... Pawnbroker
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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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Big laughs come in small packages. See more »


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25 October 1991 (USA)  »

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La pequeña pícara  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

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$33,691,313
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Steve Carell's feature film debut. See more »

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When Grey comes home from work and Bill is still gone she corrects Sue about her language. Sue is wearing brand new Nike shoes, yet she is clearly dressed in Grey's clothes not new ones of her own. The shoes mysteriously appear before the shopping trip. Then when she gets taken by social services she is in her cruddy old shoes again. See more »

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Bill Dancer: The harder you hit me the more I'll know you love me.
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Featured in 1992 MTV Movie Awards (1992) See more »

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Merrily We Roll Along
Written by Charles Tobias (as Charlie Tobias), Murray Mencher, and Eddie Cantor
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Homeless girl who'll capture your heart...
12 February 2004 | by See all my reviews

John Hughes brings us another sad tale of a character, who's heart is bigger than her wallet, or her guardian's brain.

James Belushi plays a bum. A man who has been unemployed traveling from city to city for the past ten or so years. And did I mention he travels with a little girl? Curly Sue is her name, and along with scams and easy ways of getting free food, and some money the two play a game with one another. Kelly Lynch, plays a very successful sophisticated lawyer, who happens to be the bait, for such a ploy the two decide to pull. After running over Bill (Belushi) with her car, she takes the two out for dinner in order to apologize for her actions. Throughout several other meetings with the two unfortunates, she takes them in for the night which turns into several nights.

It's a heart-warming tale of three unlikely people who find joy and happiness with one another. However, be prepared, that as funny as most of Hughes' films are, this one tends to be much more dramatic than you might think. But a wonderful piece that will stay with you years after you see it.

I give this film a 7 out of 10 (10 being the highest). Although I enjoy it thoroughly, it's still not the best movie Hughes has ever made or written.

And that's my review.


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