Desperately Seeking Susan



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Desperately Seeking Susan, the movie


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Cast

Rosanna Arquette: Roberta Glass
Madonna: Susan
Aidan Quinn: Dez
Mark Blum: Gary Glass
Robert Joy: Jim
Laurie Metcalf: Leslie Glass
Anna Levine: Crystal
Will Patton: Wayne Nolan
Peter Maloney: Ian
Steven Wright: Larry Stillman D.D.S
John Turturro: Ray
Anne Carlisle: Victoria
Richard Hell: Bruce Meeker


Movie synopsis

Roberta is a housewife, bored with her life and feeling ignored by her hot tub-selling husband. The one thing that interests her is the excitement and romance she finds in following the relationship of Jim and Susan, who communicate through their travels using the personal ads. Susan is having her own fun when she sees the ad to meet Jim in NYC. Unfortunately, Susan is unaware that the last man she was with is entangled with the mob. So when Roberta shows up to actually see her idol, she takes it upon herself to emulate her. After a bout of amnesia, she is mistaken for Susan and must survive with Susan, Jim, her husband, and the mob - scrambling for the truth. Until Jims best friend comes to the rescue. (source: IMDB)


Production info

Directed by: Susan Seidelman
Written by: Leora Barish
Produced by: Michael Peyser, Sarah Pillsbury & Midge Sanford
Production company: Orion Pictures
Location: NY (US)
Date of filming: Sept. 1984
Budget: $ 4.5 million


Release info

Released as: Desperately Seeking Susan
Released in theatres: March 29, 1985 (US)
Released on DVD: June 13, 2000 (US); Aug. 14, 2000 (Eur.)
Runtime: 104 minutes
Genre: Comedy/Romance
MPAA rating: PG-13
Box office: $ 27.4 million (US)


Trivia

Madonna was trying to lose weight, or rather not to gain any. So when the script called for her to be eating, she'd spit out the food at the end of the take!
The orange baseball jersey that Susan wears after her clothes have been stolen, sports the letters MC. These are of course Madonna Ciccone's initials.
Rosanna Arquette was reportedly complaining that Madonna got all the attention instead of her, who had the leading role.


Awards

1986 BAFTA Awards:
Award for 'Best Actress in a Supporting Role' (Rosanna Arquette)

1986 Golden Globe Awards:
Nomination for 'Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical' (Rosanna Arquette)

1986 Casting Society of America Awards:
Nomination for 'Best Casting for Feature Film, Comedy' (Risa Bramon Garcia & Billy Hopkins)

1986 C├ęsar Awards:
Nomination for 'Best Foreign Film'


Soundtrack

Desperately Seeking Susan (OST)

Original Music by: Thomas Newman. This soundtrack contains only instrumental songs. Madonna's successful theme song Into The Groove was not included in the movie's soundtrack. Instead it appeared on the re-issue of the Like A Virgin album.

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