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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 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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A funny story about a family... And the little girl who started it. See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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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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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$33,691,313
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Sound Mix:

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

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 »

Quotes

Bill Dancer: The harder you hit me the more I'll know you love me.
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Connections

Referenced in Parks and Recreation: Bailout (2013) See more »

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Yacht Club Swing
Written by J.C. Johnson (as James C. Johnson), Fats Waller (as Thomas 'Fats' Waller), and Herman Autrey
Produced by Femi Jiya and John Hughes
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Kelly Lynch makes this film watchable
18 February 2005 | by cronenSee all my reviews

If you can make the leap of faith required to believe that a successful attorney would actually fall in love with a homeless man, then you will enjoy this heart warming film.

Jim Belushi does a fair job, either you like his style or you don't. The little girl is cute enough. But, Kelly Lynch was remarkably convincing. I found myself drawn into her performance in a way that was quite surprising considering a film of this nature.

This movie is billed as a comedy and it was funny enough. Besides making me laugh, it also got me choked up at times. A good film for the whole family.


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