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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: PAL
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, German, French, Portuguese, Swedish, Danish, Polish, Dutch, Finnish
  • Dubbed: German
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English, German
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 14 Aug. 2000
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004U41A
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,971 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A bored suburban housewife (Rosanna Arquette) notices and becomes increasingly obsessed with a series of messages placed in a newpaper's personal column for someone named Susan (Madonna). When a bump on the head leaves the housewife convinced she is Susan, she inherits both Susan's lifestyle and her problems, chief among which is the fact that she is being stalked by a killer.

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This likeable, feminist screwball comedy about several incidents of mistaken identity is remembered more as the film that made Madonna a movie star. She's flip, hip and energetic as Susan, the wild tramp with whom bored, suburban New Jersey housewife Roberta Glass (Rosanna Arquette) becomes obsessed after reading of her sexual conquests in the personal ads. Of course, since Madonna essentially played herself, the role's hardly a stretch.

Director Susan Seidelmen presents a series of zany incidents too complicated to recount, but the result is that Roberta swaps lifestyles with her fixation to explore New Wave culture on New York's Lower East Side. It's territory Seidelmen knew well as her more offbeat, indie debut, Smithereens, revelled in the same setting. But where Smithereens took a more edgy approach to its characters, Susan is a fairy tale romantic comedy, and eventually becomes as conventional as the suburban characters it mocks by settling conflicts with predictable Hollywood formulae. Still, there's much to be enjoyed. The film's at its funniest when juxtaposing New York hip and New Jersey suburbia, like when Arquette's straight, suit-and-tie husband dances with Madonna in a punk club. The performances, too, are engaging, especially Arquette and Aidan Quinn, playing a romantic film projectionist who becomes her grubby Prince Charming. --Dave McCoy, Amazon.com --This text refers to the VHS edition of this video

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Zara on 15 Aug. 2010
Format: DVD
I've probably seen this flick at least 20 times but I never get bored of it. I recently ordered the DVD off Amazon so I could play it on my laptop. Madonna is great in this because, well, she plays herself more or less. She's cocky, funny and looks fab. Rosanna Arquette is the lead in this film however and she's a superb actress. The pair of them complement each other well. Still think 80s movies, despite their cheesiness, were the best. This is a cult film. If you're a Madonna fan you have to have it in your posession.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ThatBoyLuke on 5 Oct. 2012
Format: DVD
Decided to watch this last night, Bought it on DVD ages ago and watched it once. Such a great film, fast paced, funny, and Madonna is SO cool lol It's no wonder every girl wanted to be her in the 80s she just has that IDGAF attitude and own style which was amazing. There's something about 80s/90s films that we just don't get anymore (I'm 23 btw) lol Anyway, seriously good film :) well worth it.

P.S had "Get into the groove" stuck in my head all day haha
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By FAMOUS NAME VINE VOICE on 10 Oct. 2009
Format: DVD
Madonna's debut in movies this. One of only two films she ever made that in my opinion were worth any real critical acclaim. The other being 'Who's That Girl'. (see my Review for that title)

Madonna plays a young woman who's basically a 'traveller' around the US. She communicates her whereabouts and with her Lover via the Personal Ads. in the National Newspapers. A bored housewife of a Millionaire (Rosanna Arquette) gets hooked on watching and waiting for the communicative Ads. to appear in the Newspapers. This leads her to ever deeper interest in the life of the anonymous girl, and later decides to find out more about the subject's life.

Some great light comedy in this - backed by an equally as light, but interesting theme as a story.

A great debut for Madonna that really promised more to follow - but apart from the later aforementioned, this was it and so make the most of these two Cinematic Gems.

Great stuff!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By FAMOUS NAME VINE VOICE on 10 Oct. 2009
Format: DVD
Madonna's debut in movies this. One of only two films she ever made that in my opinion were worth any real critical acclaim. The other being 'Who's That Girl'. (see my Review for that title)

Madonna plays a young woman who's basically a 'traveller' around the US. She communicates her whereabouts and with her Lover via the Personal Ads. in the National Newspapers. A bored housewife of a Millionaire (Rosanna Arquette) gets hooked on watching and waiting for the communicative Ads. to appear in the Newspapers. This leads her to ever deeper interest in the life of the anonymous girl, and later decides to find out more about the subject's life.

Some great light comedy in this - backed by an equally as light, but interesting theme as a story.

A great debut for Madonna that really promised more to follow - but apart from the later aforementioned, this was it and so make the most of these two Cinematic Gems.

Great stuff!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Harpers Tate on 11 Feb. 2015
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
The movie is a guilty pleasure from the 1980s and one I thoroughly enjoyed seeing again after some time. The Blu-Ray is zone A only, so importers from outside zone A (USA mainly) - beware: you will need a multi-zone or zone A player, otherwise all you'll see is a defiant on-screen message.

Presentation is on a par with other releases of this era - not as pin-sharp as digitally-filmed material from the 21st century, but probably looking better than it ever did on a theatre screen in 1985. The soundtrack is an uninspiring mono. 3* therefore, mainly for the sountrack treatment which could have been the subject of some more investment. But a good watch, with the right mix of storyline and comedy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By made in the 80's on 25 Aug. 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Perfect for a girls night in and no thinking required, Madonna is ace play Madonna. Get out the leg warmers and fingerless gloves, ace!
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By Stella Carrier on 12 Mar. 2013
Format: DVD
"Desperate Seeking Susan" centers around a wife named Roberta Glass(strongly played by Rosanna Arquette) who appears to want to stir things up in her life and find a woman that piques her curiosity (craftfully played by Madonna). It was funny watching the crazy escapades that Roberta finds herself in before finding Susan. The way that Roberta ends up meeting Dez (played in a lighthearted way by Aidan Quinn) is comical as well. I do feel that Madonna, Rosanna Arquette and Aidan Quinn did phenomenal jobs in projecting their roles. However, my only complaint, is the way that Roberta Glass treats her husband Gary Glass (dramatically played by Mark Blum) towards the end of the movie. Yes, I understand that it is only entertainment, but I felt that the movie could have been made stronger by adding a happier ending for Gary Glass as well. Aside from that caveat, "Desperately Seeking Susan" is a classic and carefree film to watch that is laced with comedic elements.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lord Anon on 15 Nov. 2011
Format: DVD
Totally enjoyable, zany story of a lady's and a tramp's lives crossing with strange results. To sweeten the pot there is also a love angle, a silent hitman, loss of memory and identity crisis, plus the icing on the cake....Madonna's super cool character, Susan. Loads of laughs and a great romp through the NYC.
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