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Curly Sue

4.6 out of 5 stars 350 customer reviews

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BILL DANCER AND HIS YOUNG COMPANION CURLY SUE ARE THE CLASSIC HOMELESS FOLKS WITH HEARTS OF GOLD. THEIR SCAMS ARE AIMED NOT ATTURNING A PROFIT, BUT AT GETTING ENOUGH TO EAT.

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An endearing rags-to-riches family comedy of a wandering scam artist and his streetwise, curly-headed sidekick, this guilty pleasure ranks with John Hughes's best films. Curly Sue is the story of the street-hardened yet tender Bill Dancer (Jim Belushi) and orphaned accomplice Curly Sue (Alisan Porter). Curly Sue and Bill scam Grey Ellison (Kelly Lynch), an unsuspecting power attorney, out of a hot meal and a penthouse bed. Grey warms to the adorable Sue and the diamond-in-the-rough Bill and cools to her ruthless profession as the trio begins to feel more like a family. John Getz plays Walker McCormick, Grey's stuffy, affected boyfriend who tries his best to force the vagabonds on to the next train out of Chicago. Belushi is well cast for this role, blending grit and heart nicely, but it's the charming performance of Porter that steals most scenes. Imagine a modern Annie through the witty eye of hit filmmaker Hughes and you have Curly Sue. --Sarah Chace

Special Features

  • All-new introduction and feature-length commentary by actress Alisan Porter

Product Details

  • Actors: James Belushi, Kelly Lynch, Alisan Porter, John Getz, Fred Dalton Thompson
  • Directors: John Hughes
  • Writers: John Hughes
  • Producers: John Hughes, Lynn M. Morgan, Tarquin Gotch
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Portuguese (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese
  • Dubbed: Portuguese, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 1, 2004
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (350 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009AVA2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,241 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Curly Sue" on IMDb

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This a great movie. I saw it when it first came out in 1991 and have liked it ever since. It has a bittersweet storyline about a little girl, and her adoptive father who start out by trying to con a single, rich divorce lawyer out of funds, and end up building a family relationship with her. They teach her what it means to have a family and that there are things beyond money and work. She in turn shows them what having a home can really be like. The story is a timeless mix of comedy and drama. Sad and dark and times, and happy at others, it tells a realistic story of what it might be like to be homeless and parentless. Recommended for adults and kids 9 and up.
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"Curly Sue" has the kind of premise that, usually, end up being only partially realized in movies. They end up good, but with a feeling that they could have been a lot better. In "Curly Sue", the title little girl and her father are homeless people who get by through pulling low-scale little scams - when the dad pretends to, say, be hit by a very expensive-looking car and mildly hurt, the two of them can often end up receiving a sympathy meal at a nice restaurant and perhaps even a place to stay for the night. (It sounds depressing, but it isn't - it skirts the path of being too downcast for a family movie without trivializing the issues it's depicting) After one incident, the woman Curly's dad Bill pretends to be injured by ends up taking them into her home; and despite her being engaged (to an approriately unlikable boor), the woman (named Grey) and Bill begin to have feelings for one another, even as Grey finds herself becoming quickly attached to Curly Sue.

At your local video store, you'll most likely find this one in the Family Movie section, where it'll easily be amongst the cream of the crop in those aisles. But it's also an uproarious comedy that outshines ninety per cent of the titles in the comedy section, and more genuinely moving and dramatic than most movies on the Drama shelves. "Curly Sue" hits every note it plays to perfection, has smashing performances (including James Belushi in his best role as Bill, Kelly Lynch as Grey, and Allison Porter unforgettable as the dynamic pint-sized fireball of a title character), and doesn't at all end up in the class of movies that are "good, but really should have been better" - it's the opposite, going well above even the high end of the potential one would think it has. An alltime winner.
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"When somebody gives you something to remember them by it means they are going to take off. If they are going to stick around you don't have to have anything to remember them by because they will be there." - Curly Sue

Curly Sue is one of those goose bumps, feel-good, heartwarming movies. While it has its moments of comedy, it is not one of those rolling on the floor laughing out loud movies. It's about a homeless man (John Belushi) who has taken care of this orphan girl, Curly Sue (Alisan Porter) since her birth on meager means, that is until they cross the path of an attorney (Kelly Lynch) who dares to care for this little girl and Bill (John Belushi). It's an incredible story full of compassion that is sure to warm your heart during the holidays or anytime of the year. Full of warmth, honesty and a kick of humor you are sure to fall in love with Curly Sue. This movie is a definite see for any movie lover.
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By TREND700 on January 15, 2010
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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. A heart-warming and wonderful movie that will stay with you years after you see it. A very good movie for the whole family.
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By Chrissie on November 29, 2010
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I love Curly Sue when I was younger as I'd forgotten half of the story line. It was a joy to watch again.
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This is a romantic comedy that everyone should have in their collection. James Belushi did a very good work with this characterization, as the tutor of little Curly Sue. Alisan Porter is so cute, smart and good singer, you fall in love with her instantly. I recommend this movie for everyone in the family!
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By A Customer on November 23, 2000
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This movie is more than predictable but otherwise it is very sweet. The cast is great and the storyline is sweet. The little girl Alisan Porter is also adorable... okay enough cutesy language.
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This is absolutely one of the cutest movies I have ever seen! James Belushi stars as a con-man stuck with a cute little girl with curly hair. In another one of their typical cons, they hit the jackpot. They get taken in by Kelly Lynch, who plays a tough, no nonsense attorney. She lets them stay the night after she hits Belushi with her car and eventually they make their way into her heart as well. Of course, this is a John Hughes film, and they always have an underlying dark theme to them (this film is no exception), but all in all it is a great movie. Little Curly Sue will steal your heart. Want a feel good movie with a happy ending? Voila!
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