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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.

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 Dalton Thompson ... Bernard Oxbar
Cameron Thor 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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Big laughs come in small packages. See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 October 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La pequeña pícara See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$33,691,313
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Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Griffin Dunne, William Atherton, and George Segal were considered for the role of Walker. Dunne turned it down, due to him working on My Girl (1991). Segal turned it down, because he felt the character of Walker was similar to Segal's character Albert in Look Who's Talking (1989). Atherton turned it down, because he was tired of typecast as "the schmuck guy", as he had been cast in similar roles in films such as Ghostbusters (1984) and Die Hard (1988). 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

Curly Sue: We wouldn't even be talking about this if you'd gotten some money out of that lady, we'd be on the road. You didn't because she was too pretty.
Bill Dancer: She was too smart.
Curly Sue: And she was too pretty.
Bill Dancer: She was in a hurry.
Curly Sue: And she was too pretty.
Bill Dancer: She was going to catch onto us.
Curly Sue: And she was too pretty.
Bill Dancer: You're pretty, and I don't leave you alone.
Curly Sue: She was too pretty.
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Referenced in Men at Work: Missed Connections (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Git Down
Written by John Hughes and Matt Deakin
Produced by John Hughes, Matt Deakin and Femi Jiya
Performed by 2YZ featuring Andrea Salazar and Kenyetta Vaughn
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Homeless girl who'll capture your heart...
12 February 2004 | by PookyiscuteSee 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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