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Curly Sue ()


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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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Bill Dancer (as James Belushi)
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Grey Ellison
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Curly Sue
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Walker McCormick
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Bernard Oxbar
Cameron Thor ...
Maitre d'
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Albert
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Tesio (as Steven Carell)
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Anise Hall
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Dr. Maxwell
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Trina
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Mrs. Arnold
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Secretary
Charles Adams ...
Prison Guard
James W. Boinski ...
Pawnbroker
Lyle Browne ...
Theater Patron (as Lyle Brown)
Nadine Burke ...
Social Worker
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DCFS Caseworker
Carol Chickering ...
Soprano
Grace Collette ...
Foster Mother
Ralph Foody ...
Drifter
Cedrick Pipes ...
Cook
Alonzo Hall ...
Cook
Luke Reichle ...
Store Clerk 1
Joel Levin ...
Store Clerk 2
Tammy Karabas ...
Store Clerk 3 (as Tammy Karabas-Brody)
Patricia Hooker ...
Store Clerk 4
Joe Liss ...
Ticket Taker
Rocco Pecirno ...
Father of the Bride
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Dinah Tompkins
Susan Mayer ...
Woman with Champagne Glass
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Frank Arnold (uncredited)
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Hobo (uncredited)
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Theater Manager (uncredited)
Karen Jensen-Clark ...
Theatre Patron (uncredited)
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Federico (uncredited)
Robert Minkoff ...
Bit (uncredited)
Larry Nazimek ...
Homeless Person (uncredited)
Robert 'Bobby Z' Zajonc ...
State Trooper (uncredited)

Directed by

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John Hughes

Written by

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John Hughes ... (written by)

Produced by

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Tarquin Gotch ... executive producer
John Hughes ... producer
Lynn M. Morgan ... associate producer

Music by

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Georges Delerue

Cinematography by

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Jeffrey L. Kimball ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Peck Prior
Harvey Rosenstock

Editorial Department

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Donah Bassett ... negative cutter
Eric L. Beason ... assistant editor
Chris Boscardin ... assistant editor
James Durante ... apprentice editor
Jerrie Fowler ... assistant editor
John Lafferty ... first assistant editor
Jim Makiej ... assistant editor (as John Makiej)
Ray Martin ... color timer
Julie Rogers ... assistant editor
David Stiven ... additional film editor (as David B. Stiven)
Sandy French ... assistant editor (uncredited)
Steve Kraus ... editing systems technician (uncredited)
Tom Rovak ... colorist: video dailies (uncredited)

Casting By

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Janet Hirshenson
Jane Jenkins

Production Design by

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Doug Kraner

Art Direction by

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Steven Schwartz

Set Decoration by

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Marjorie Fritz-Birch
Samara Schaffer ... (as Sam Schaffer)

Costume Design by

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Michael Kaplan

Makeup Department

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Linda Boykin-Williams ... makeup artist
Bonnie Clevering ... hair stylist (as Bonnie M. Cleverling)
Susan Mayer ... makeup artist (as Susan 'Sam' Mayer)
Ve Neill ... makeup artist
Kathe Swanson ... hair stylist

Production Management

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Lynn M. Morgan ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Jeanne Caliendo ... first assistant director: second unit / second assistant director
James Giovannetti Jr. ... first assistant director
Geoffrey Hansen ... second assistant director
Freddie Hice ... second unit director
Aimee Kohn ... second second assistant director

Art Department

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Daril Alder ... leadman
Paul V. Allen Sr. ... gang boss (as Paul Allen)
Gary Baugh ... set designer
Daniel B. Clancy ... leadman: Chicago (as Dan Clancy)
Edward England ... construction coordinator (as Ed England)
Anthony Joseph Fatigato ... on set painter
William B. Fosser ... set designer (as William Fosser)
Randy Gordon ... construction foreman
Kim S. Hobbs ... art department coordinator
Aaron C. Holden Jr. ... assistant props
Aaron Holden ... property master (as Aaron Charles Holden)
Patty Hooker ... property master
Jeffrey Kushon ... leadman: Chicago
Masako Masuda ... set designer
Quentin Matthys ... set dresser
John Mikels ... stand-by painter
Agnes Oberth ... painter
Tom Osman ... laborer
Pat Raney ... construction foreman
Amie McCarthy Winn ... assistant props (as Amie McCarthy)
Steven Wolff ... assistant art director (as Steve Wolff)
John Biesack ... art production assistant (uncredited)
Anthony Joseph Fatigato ... painter (uncredited)
Robert E. Knight ... lead scenic painter (uncredited)
Joseph Lastomirsky ... scenic foreman (uncredited)
Andy Mentzer ... painter/dyer (uncredited)
James Nedza ... art department coordinator (uncredited)
Tyler Osman ... carpenter foreman (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Christopher Assells ... dialogue editor
Robert Batha ... sound effects editor
Gregg Baxter ... supervising adr editor
David E. Campbell ... re-recording mixer (as Dave Campbell)
Stuart Copely ... dialogue editor
Richard Dwan Jr. ... dialogue editor
Gary A. Hecker ... foley mixer (as Gary 'Wrecker' Hecker)
Chris Hogan ... sound effects editor
Christopher Moriana ... foley artist
John T. Reitz ... re-recording mixer (as John Reitz)
Jay B. Richardson ... sound effects editor (as Jay Richardson)
Gregg Rudloff ... re-recording mixer
Kenneth Schwarz ... boom operator (as Ken Schwarz)
Wylie Stateman ... supervising sound editor
Bill Voigtlander ... adr editor
Charles M. Wilborn ... sound mixer (as Charles Wilborn)
Jeffrey Wilhoit ... foley artist
Michael D. Wilhoit ... supervising sound editor (as Michael Wilhoit)
Willy Allen ... foley editor (uncredited)
Dino Dimuro ... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Janet Gratz ... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Allen Hurd ... sound recordist (uncredited)
Mark Lanza ... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Glenn T. Morgan ... sound effects editor (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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John E. Gray ... special effects coordinator
Mike Hohe ... special effects
Rodman Kiser ... special effects
Dieter Sturm ... special effects snowmaker

Visual Effects by

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Kevin Nordine ... opticals

Stunts

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Troy Brown ... stunt player
Freddie Hice ... stunt coordinator / stunt player
Johnny Hock ... stunt player
Rick Le Fevour ... stunt player (as Rick LeFevour)
Stacy Logan ... stunt player
Daniel Maldonado ... stunt player (as Daniel Maldanado)
Randy Popplewell ... stunt player
Chad Randall ... stunt player
Cris Thomas-Palomino ... stunt player
Rich Wilkie ... stunt player

Camera and Electrical Department

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Paolo Cascio ... second assistant camera (as Paul A. Cascio)
John Connell ... gyrosphere camera assistant
Peter J. Donoghue ... rigging gaffer
Adam C. Eichhorst ... grip
Tom Holloway ... best boy grip (as Thomas Holloway)
Mel P. Mack ... assistant chief lighting technician
Bradley T. Matthys ... dolly grip
Donald E. Miller ... key grip: Chicago (as Don Miller)
James A. Miller ... chief lighting technician
David B. Nowell ... aerial photographer
Flemming Olsen ... director of photography: second unit
J. Michael Popovich ... key grip
Douglas Ryan ... camera operator
Gregory J. Schmidt ... first assistant camera (as Gregory Schmidt)
Robert Ulland ... steadicam operator (as Bob Ulland)
Michael P. Weinstein ... still photographer (as Michael Weinstein)
Frank Yario Jr. ... video playback operator
William Allen Jr. ... grip (uncredited)
Ron Kunecke ... musco light operator (uncredited)
Gregory Lundsgaard ... steadicam operator (uncredited)
Mark N. Woods ... electrician (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Catherine Jane Holzer ... extras casting director (as Catherine Holzer-Ballowe)
Jacqueline King ... casting assistant
Barbara L. Roche ... extras casting
Mark A. Ridge ... extras casting (uncredited)
Suzy Sachs ... additional casting: Seattle (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Cathy Newport-Logan ... costumer: women
Kaye Nottbusch ... costumer: women
Luke Reichle ... costumer: men
Barbara Scott ... costume supervisor

Location Management

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Betsy Bottando ... assistant location manager
Thomas J. Busch ... location manager (as Tom Busch)
Dow Griffith ... location manager

Music Department

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Tom Boyd ... oboe soloist
Dan Carlin Sr. ... supervising music editor (as Dan Carlin)
Daniel Allan Carlin ... supervising music editor (as Dan Carlin)
George Doering ... musician
Robert Fernandez ... scoring mixer (as Bobby Fernandez)
Jeffrey P. Kloth ... composer: additional music
Blake Martin Moulin ... assistant music editor
Eric Reasoner ... music editor
Michael Dittrick ... music editor (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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James Hogan ... transportation captain
John P. McAuliffe ... transportation captain
Armand Paoletti ... transportation coordinator

Other crew

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Mark Bransfield ... staff assistant
Raymond Bulinski ... craft service (as Ray Bulinski)
Scott Delsener ... staff assistant
Jesse J. Donnelly ... assistant: Mr. Belushi (as Jesse Donnelly)
Wilma Garscadden-Gahret ... script supervisor
West Humphries ... caterer
John Iltis ... unit publicist
William Johnson ... production secretary
Tammy Karabas ... assistant: Mr. Gotch (as Tammy Karabas-Brody)
Lori Koravos ... production accountant (as Lori LeNoble-Koravos)
Kathryn Madden ... first aid (as Kathryn A. Madden)
Ernie Malik ... unit publicist
Pat McNeeley ... staff assistant
Terry Mettger ... set estimator
Charlene Norman ... assistant production secretary
Bill Ryan ... assistant: Mr. Hughes
Bob Saunders ... staff assistant (as Robert Saunders)
Kirsten Stevens ... assistant production accountant (as Kirsten A. Stevens)
Elizabeth Tompkins ... assistant production accountant (as Elizabeth K. Tompkins)
Seth Vamos ... staff assistant
Jane Vickerilla ... assistant: Mr. Hughes
Jimmy Borto ... production assistant (uncredited)
Kyle Cooper ... title designer (uncredited)
Bill Daly ... post-production accountant (uncredited)
Mark Gulbrandsen ... dailies projection technician (uncredited)
Steve Kraus ... dailies projectionist (uncredited)
Michelle Landes ... extras coordinator: on-set (uncredited)
James Andrew Pearson ... production assistant (uncredited)
R.P. Sekon ... production executive: Hughes Entertainment (uncredited)
Robert 'Bobby Z' Zajonc ... aerial coordinator (uncredited)

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines A funny story about a family... And the little girl who started it. See more »
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Also Known As
  • La p'tite arnaqueuse (France)
  • Curly Sue - Ein Lockenkopf sorgt für Wirbel (Germany)
  • La pequeña pícara (Spain)
  • La petita Sue (Spain, Catalan title)
  • Кудряшка Сью (Soviet Union, Russian title)
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Runtime
  • 101 min
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Budget $25,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Steve Carell's feature film debut. See more »
Goofs It is revealed that Susan can't read, yet when she and Bill take Grey out to eat they check a banquet listing directory and it is Susan's finger that scans the listed parties and chooses the one they attend. This seems to indicate that she can read. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Curly Sue/House Party 2/The Butcher's Wife/The Rolling Stones at the Max/La Belle Noiseuse (1991). See more »
Soundtracks You'll Never Know See more »
Quotes Curly Sue: I hate the art museum.
Bill Dancer: Will it hurt you to learn a thing or two?
Curly Sue: All you learn from the art museum is how to keep your mouth shut and how to walk without making squeaky sounds with your shoes.
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