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Desperately Seeking Susan (1985)

Rosanna Arquette , Madonna , Susan Seidelman  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Rosanna Arquette, Madonna, Aidan Quinn, Mark Blum, Robert Joy
  • Directors: Susan Seidelman
  • Writers: Leora Barish
  • Producers: Michael Peyser, Midge Sanford, Sarah Pillsbury
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, Letterboxed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Mono), French (Mono)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: June 13, 2000
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0792845773
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,288 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Desperately Seeking Susan" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Original and alternate endings
  • Audio commentary by producers Sarah Pillsbury and Midge Sanford

Editorial Reviews

If you know what to look for, you can find almost anything in the personal ads...including the loveof your life! Rosanna Arquette (Pulp Fiction) is "irresistible" (Newsweek) and, in her first starring role, pop star Madonna (Evita) gives a "marvelously comic" (Time) performance in this "delightful madcap comedy" (US) about mistaken identity. Bored New Jersey housewife Roberta (Arquette) fills her days by reading the personal ads and following an ongoing romance between "Jim" (Robert Joy) and "Susan" (Madonna), a mysterious drifter who leads the kind of free-spirited life about which Roberta can only dream. And dream she does, until the day she actually shows up at the couple's prearranged rendezvous in New York City...and after a bump on the head, a bout of amnesia turns Roberta into Susan and opens the door to intrigue, laughter and love!

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars DVD info not listed May 24, 2000
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
The specs for the DVD aren't listed on amazon. This great 80's flick will include running audio commentary by the director as well as deleted scenes and an alternate ending. Just wanted anyone interested to know the extras on the DVD.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A guilty pleasure from the 80s November 1, 2004
Format:DVD
I've seen this movie probably about 50 or 60 times. It came out when I was a senior in high school and working at a movie theater that showed one movie at a time. DSS played for about 4 months. Hence, the numerous viewings. The movie has never stopped being funny, sweet, and relentlessly entertaining. I still find this movie a guilty pleasure, and I pop it in whenever I'm feeling down and need a pick-me-up. The cast is great: Aidan Quinn and Rosanna Arquette have great chemistry. Madonna is funny and sexy and at this point still has a real woman's body. Laurie Metcalf (as Becky) is simply superb. This woman is a genius and I'll never understand why she isn't a superstar. She has almost all the best lines in the film, and believe me there are many. Steven Wright makes a hilarious cameo. And look for John Turturro. The plot is as silly as they get, but the writing is sharp with tons of quotable lines. The movie is a time capsule of wonderful vintage 80s junk-chic, complete with soundtrack. Watch it and reminisce.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Urban Comedy Classic June 24, 2000
Format:DVD
Considered by many to be Madonna's best film before she did Evita, "Desperately Seeking Susan" is a classic film for anyone interested by the 1980's and its' pop culture. Similar to what "Beverly Hills Cop" did for Los Angeles during that era, "Desperately Seeking Susan" capitulates on the hip and happening lifestyle found in the East Village and most importantly, Madonna.
Who knew how big Madonna would become? The essence of the Madonna we loved back when she was a rising star are all here. The dirty blonde hair, plastic bracelets, studded boots, they are all here. Although, the film was supposed to be a starring vehicle for Rosanna Arquette, everyone knows who stole the spotlight.
The film also served as an introductory spotlight for many stars who would find their niche here including a pre-"Roseanne" Laurie Metcalf, John Tuturro, Steven Wright, Iris Chacon (she is a big Latin television star who appears briefly on a television in the later half of the movie),Giancarlo Esposito and Aidan Quinn.
The score by Thomas Newman is wonderful and memorable, and Madonna again steal the spotlight, this time nusically with her memorable party classic "Into the Groove," played at the night club scene and during the ending credits.
Overall, the film captures the essence of life in the city versus that of the suburbs. If anyone wants to know what New York City was before the P.G. (Pre-Guiliani) age, then watch this film. As one of my favorite films of all time, I highly recommend it to all.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great 80s comedy November 10, 2004
Format:DVD
This is a great little comedy from the 80s. It did a great job of capturing the hip and trendy at the time as well as using the tried and true conventions of amnesia and mistaken identities and the fish-out-of-water gag. The cast is so appealing here: Arquette and Quinn are adorable; Metcalfe and Wright are hillarious, and Madonna is Madonna and that is just perfect for this film. A great rainy day or pick-me-up film that has aged well for the 80s in the same way Doris & Rock did for the 60s.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My, how we've all aged. July 14, 2003
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Format:DVD
Back in the mid-Eighties, MTV played the video for Madonna's "Get into the Groove", the hit single from the soundtrack to *Desperately Seeking Susan*, about, oh, 120 freakin' times a day. The video featured so many clips from the film, and the network played the damn video so often, that I certainly never felt the need to see the movie. (Of course, my status as a rocker made seeing a movie starring Madonna prohibitive, anyway.) However, the additions of two decades of physical decay, a pot belly, and a few "distinguished" gray hairs -- in other words, maturity -- has made me appreciate now what I missed back then. Director Susan Seidelman's *Desperately Seeking Susan* is a pretty faultless farce, almost equal to Shakespeare's *Comedy of Errors* (from which it seems to draw its prime inspiration). The plot is impressively complicated: a well-to-do New Jersey housewife (Rosanna Arquette), when not hosting parties for her selfish husband, spends her time following the love affair of "Susan" and her beau in the Personal ads. A series of wildly implausible events culminates in her becoming an amnesiac. She's mistaken for "Susan" by the buddy of Susan's boyfriend, and so she naturally comes to believe that she really IS Susan. Whew! -- did I mention that someone's willing to kill "Susan" for her earrings, which turn out to be genuine Egyptian jewelry of great antiquity? The resolution to all this malarkey is composed like a great farcical fugue, with the plot elements falling lovingly into place (but even so, there's a surprise or two that awaits). Perhaps of even greater interest is the now-nostalgic view of 1980's New York City, which Seidelman renders with exactitude and a surprising amount of real, dirty, pre-Giuliani grit. Read more ›
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3.0 out of 5 stars It's okay
I had seen it before and it hadn't changed although I thought it worth a second viewing. Early view of Madonna's work.
Published 7 hours ago by Kathy Bitzan
4.0 out of 5 stars One of my Favs
Always love to watch this movie....Madonna at start of her career...wish they would make more movies like this one.happy and light-hearted.
Published 10 hours ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Madonna had a promising acting career,
She blew that away in her following films and proved lightning couldn't strike twice. I think she has given up on an acting career.
Published 2 days ago by Alan Markinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Desperately seeking the 80's
What can I say, Madge is and will always be a icon no matter what others think about her. Loved this movie.
Published 3 days ago by anthonykhreig_2000
5.0 out of 5 stars Ya gotta see it!
Very entertaining. Delightfully suspenseful. Great cast of actors provided variety. Everyone loves a boy meets girl movie with a happy ending.
Published 4 days ago by gmb
5.0 out of 5 stars A Favorite
This is one of my favorite films. It has style and a lighthearted storyline. Sure, there's minor drug use, drinking, a bit of nudity, swearing, and fornication but otherwise, fun... Read more
Published 5 days ago by stephanie stone
3.0 out of 5 stars A typical 80s movie
It was a typical 80s flick, but was fun to watch. It has become a classic for a certain musicians group of fans, but wasnt all that in my eyes.
Published 5 days ago by Erich N Lenz
4.0 out of 5 stars 80's revisted
I loved this movie when I was a teen and it was fun to re-watch and re-visit my teen years again.
Published 5 days ago by Anne
3.0 out of 5 stars Desperately Funny
Bit of a stretch plot, but entertaining, nonetheless. Great for watching on elliptical machine with soundtrack plus Madonna helps pass the time!
Published 7 days ago by PJ Gaffmore
4.0 out of 5 stars HA!
I love early Madonna. Did not realize how many nipples I was going to see before I started the movie so DEF. Not For KIDS! Loved it. Just watch it! Read more
Published 9 days ago by Kaci Harrison
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