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Desperately Seeking Susan (1985)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 12 April 1985 (USA)
A bored suburban housewife, seeking escape from her life, suffers amnesia after an accident, wakes up, and is mistaken for a free-spirited New York City drifter named Susan.

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Bored Roberta spots a regular personal ad in the paper titled 'Desperately Seeking Susan'. She heads off to New York, following one of the ads, and finds Susan. When Susan sells her jacket, Roberta - trying to emulate her mystery ad writer - buys the jacket and wears it. Little does she know someone is looking for the jacket - and its owner... Written by Colin Tinto <cst@imdb.com>

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It's a life so outrageous it takes two women to live it. See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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$4,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,526,098 (USA) (31 March 1985)

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$27,398,584 (USA)
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The second-hand clothing store that Susan and Roberta go to was called "Love Saves the Day," located in the East Village in New York City. In 2009, due to tripling rent costs, the store shut its doors for good. See more »

Goofs

When Susan picks up The New York Mirror newspaper, the word lotto is spelled Looto on the front page See more »

Quotes

Roberta: Here it is, a message from Jim.
[Reading from newspaper]
Roberta: "Desperately seeking Susan. Meet me, four o'clock, Battery Park. Keep the faith. Love, Jim."
Leslie: Jim? Susan? Do you know these people?
Roberta: They send messages through the personal ads, that's how they hook up. Last year she was in Mexico City, then Los Angeles, now New York. Desperate. I love that word.
Leslie: Everybody I know is desperate, except for you.
Roberta: I'm desperate.
Leslie: Ha!
Roberta: Well, sort of.
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Connections

Referenced in Desperately Seeking Seka (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

LUST FOR LIFE
Music by David Bowie (uncredited)
Lyrics by Iggy Pop (uncredited)
Performed by Iggy Pop
Courtesy of RCA Records, Inc.
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One of Madonna's few good movies...
27 April 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Desperately Seeking Susan (1985 Dir. Susan Seidelman) "Chicks" love this movie for the feminist, take charge of your life point of view, while guys enjoy this movie cuz there are plenty of bra shots. Madonna in her first starring (supporting really) role as a street-smart hustler being chased by some small time hoods. Rosanna Arquette gets mistaken for the Madonna character and therein lies the plot of this oh so '80s comedy.

Set in summer in Manhattan, the movie preserves like a time capsule so much of the decade: the hair, the clothes, the music. And of course there's Madonna clanking her balls from start to finish. Ms. Arquette (in the supposed starring role) had the movie not merely stolen, but ripped out of her hands by the unstoppable force of the 80s: Madonna!


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