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Desperately Seeking Susan

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Original title
Desperately Seeking Susan
Year
Running time
104 min.
Country
United States United States
Director
Screenwriter
Leora Barish
Music
Thomas Newman
Cinematography
Edward Lachman
Cast
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Producer
Orion Pictures
Genre
Comedy. Romance
Synopsis / Plot
Arquette is Roberta Glass, a bored New Jersey yuppie housewife who finds escapism from her mundane life in the New York personal ad exploits of a flighty bohemian named Susan (Madonna). When Roberta travels to the city to witness an ad-inspired meeting between Susan and her lover Jimmy, she bumps her head, loses her memory, and for all intensive purposes, becomes Susan, thanks to a case of mistaken identity. As a result, she is pursued by crooks and other shady characters through the funky East Village of the early 80's. Quinn is the confused film protectionist who stumbles into the role of Roberta/Susan's protector. Madonna, not quite a superstar when this was filmed, uses this small role to show the sort of charisma she would soon shower upon the world in larger doses. Steven Wright, Giancarlo Esposito, Richard Hell, Ann Magnuson, John Lurie and Arto Lindsay also turn up in small roles in this fun, screwball 80's love letter to the downtown scene.
Awards
1985: Golden Globes: Nominated for Best Actress in a Comedy/Musical (Rosanna Arquette)
1985: Cesar Award: Nominated for Best Foreign Film
1985: BAFTA: Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Rosanna Arquette)
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