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Curly Sue (1991)

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A homeless man and his young companion, who survive by conning people, meet a woman who may need them even more than they need her.

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John Hughes

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John Hughes
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Belushi ... Bill Dancer (as James Belushi)
Kelly Lynch ... Grey Ellison
Alisan Porter ... Curly Sue
John Getz ... Walker McCormick
Fred Dalton Thompson ... Bernard Oxbar
Cameron Thor ... Maitre d'
Branscombe Richmond ... Albert
Steve Carell ... Tesio (as Steven Carell)
Gail Boggs Gail Boggs ... Anise Hall
Burke Byrnes ... Dr. Maxwell
Viveka Davis ... Trina
Barbara Tarbuck ... Mrs. Arnold
Edie McClurg ... Secretary
Charles Adams Charles Adams ... Prison Guard
James W. Boinski James W. Boinski ... Pawnbroker
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Storyline

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! Written by Rick Munoz <rick.munoz@his.com>

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Big laughs come in small packages. See more »


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PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 October 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La pequeña pícara See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,974,958, 27 October 1991

Gross USA:

$33,691,313

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$33,691,313
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Alisan Porter (Curly Sue) won season ten of The Voice (2011). See more »

Goofs

When Grey comes home from work and Bill is still gone she corrects Sue about her language. Sue is wearing brand new Nike shoes, yet she is clearly dressed in Grey's clothes not new ones of her own. The shoes mysteriously appear before the shopping trip. Then when she gets taken by social services she is in her cruddy old shoes again. See more »

Quotes

Curly Sue: And if she doesn't come out - We freeze our nuts off.
Bill Dancer: You don't have any nuts to freeze off, honey.
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Referenced in Serial Mom (1994) See more »

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Yacht Club Swing
Written by J.C. Johnson (as James C. Johnson), Fats Waller (as Thomas 'Fats' Waller), and Herman Autrey
Produced by Femi Jiya and John Hughes
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Sweet story about an orphan's quest for love and stability
21 May 2005 | by mdm-11See all my reviews

Writer/Director John Hughes covered all bases (as usual) with this bitter-sweet "Sunday Afternoon" family movie. "Curly Sue" is a sweet, precocious orphan, cared for from infancy by "Bill". The pair live off their wits as they travel the great US of A. Fate matches them with a "very pretty" yuppie lawyer, and the rest is predictable.

Kids will love this film, as they can relate to the heroine, played by 9 year old Alisan Poter (who went on to be the "you go girl!" of Pepsi commercials). The character is supposed to be about 6 or 7, as she is urged to think about going to school. Some of her vocabulary suggests that she is every day of 9 or older.

Similar to "Home Alone", there is plenty of slap-stick and little fists punching big fat chins. Again, this is "formula" film making, aimed at a young audience. Entertaining and heartwarming. Don't look for any surprises, but be prepared to shed a tear or two.


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