History Film / DesperatelySeekingSusan

27th Jun '16 8:25:12 AM Mdumas43073
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''Desperately Seeking Susan'' is a 1985 comedy-drama film starring Creator/RosannaArquette and Music/{{Madonna}}. It concerns Roberta (Arquette), a bored housewife from New Jersey who follows the saga of Susan (Madonna) and Jim (Robert Joy), two lovers who contact each other through the personal ads. Through a series of complicated events, Roberta is mistaken for Susan, who is being hunted by a criminal who wants some earrings she stole. When Roberta hits her head she gets amnesia, and when a friend of Jim named Dez (Aidan Quinn) mistakes her for Susan, Roberta goes along with it. And that's just the beginning of the story.....

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''Desperately Seeking Susan'' is a 1985 comedy-drama film directed by Susan Seidelman, starring Creator/RosannaArquette and Music/{{Madonna}}. Music/{{Madonna}}.

It concerns Roberta (Arquette), a bored housewife from New Jersey who follows the saga of Susan (Madonna) and Jim (Robert Joy), two lovers who contact each other through the personal ads. Through a series of complicated events, Roberta is mistaken for Susan, who is being hunted by a criminal who wants some earrings she stole. When Roberta hits her head she gets amnesia, and when a friend of Jim named Dez (Aidan Quinn) mistakes her for Susan, Roberta goes along with it. And that's just the beginning of the story.....
22nd Jul '15 4:35:46 PM ANTMuddle
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* BillingDisplacement: Subverted. In the movie proper Rosanna Arquette gets top billing and while Madonna has second billing and a "AndStarring" credit at the beginning. However, most people refer to it as a Madonna film to the point that Arquette won a Supporting Actress BAFTA for the lead role of Roberta.
22nd Jul '15 4:35:23 PM ANTMuddle
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* CatchPhrase: Susan's "Good going, stranger!"
22nd Jul '15 4:34:45 PM ANTMuddle
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** It's also how Roberta knocks out the guy who is chasing her and has caught up to Susan.
29th Jun '15 11:28:16 AM capretty
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* AmnesiaDanger



* IdentityAmnesia: Roberta gets amnesia and starts to think she is Susan.



* TheEighties: Susan in particular rocks an extremely Eighties-tastic wardrobe. Because she wears Susan's clothes for a big part of the movie, Roberta by extension does this as well.


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* TapOnTheHead: Roberta hits her head twice in the movie and suffers no damage aside from brief EasyAmnesia.
* TheEighties: Susan in particular rocks an extremely Eighties-tastic wardrobe. Because she wears Susan's clothes for a big part of the movie, Roberta by extension does this as well.
29th Jun '15 11:23:35 AM capretty
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* BillingDisplacement: Subverted. In the movie proper Rosanna Arquette gets top billing and while Madonna has second billing and a "AndStarring" credit at the beginning. However, most people refer to it as a Madonna film to the point that Arquette won a Supporting Actress BAFTA for the lead role of Roberta.
12th Jan '15 3:41:52 PM VicGeorge2011
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* CelebrityParadox: At least one scene features Susan dancing to a Madonna song. See also ActorAllusion in Trivia.
12th Jan '15 3:40:00 PM VicGeorge2011
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* ActorAllusion[=/=]CelebrityParadox: At least one scene features Susan dancing to a Madonna song.
* BillingDisplacement: Averted with the film itself, but Creator/RosannaArquette won a Best ''Supporting'' Actress [=BAFTA=] for playing Roberta.
12th Jan '15 3:39:28 PM VicGeorge2011
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11th Aug '14 10:03:23 PM broxmeyer2
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* KitschyLocalCommerical: Gary's Oasis.

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