DESPERATELY SEEKING SUSAN is a 1985 American comedy-drama film
Susan Seidelman and starring
This was Madonna’s first major screen role and the film also
provided early roles for a number of other well-known performers, such
John Turturro ,
Laurie Metcalf ,
The New York Times named the film as one of the 10 best films of 1985.
* 1 Plot * 2 Cast * 3 Critical reception
* 4 Soundtrack
* 4.1 Track listing
* 5 Production * 6 Stage musical * 7 See also * 8 References * 9 External links
The film holds an 85% "Fresh" rating at the review aggregator website
Rotten Tomatoes , based on 23 reviews. In her review for The New
Yorker , critic
The soundtrack was released on both vinyl and CD together with the soundtrack to the film Making Mr. Right . The soundtrack does not feature any of the other songs in the film including Madonna's "Into the Groove " which can be found on the European 1985 re-release of her Like a Virgin album. The film captures the feel of the underground Bohemian/new wave scene of the early to mid-1980s New York City, a scene that in real life helped Madonna get her big break in the music business. Madonna recorded a song for the movie, titled "Desperately Seeking Susan". It ended up not being used in the film, and a demo she just finished at the time called "Into the Groove" was used instead. The demo version can only be heard in the movie. The song was a huge commercial success but was not included on the film's soundtrack, despite being heard in the film, due to licensing restrictions, which did involve Madonna's record label, that none of her songs was allowed to get mixed in with other artists. The music video for "Into the Groove" consists of clips from the film compiled by Doug Dowdle of Parallax Productions.
DESPERATELY SEEKING SUSAN – Music composed by
* "Leave Atlantic City!" * "Port Authority by Night" * "New York City by Day" * "Through the Viewscope" * "St. Mark's Place" * "A Key and a Picture Of" * "Battery Park / Amnesia" * "Jail / Port Authority by Day" * "Rain" * "Running With Birds in Cages" * "Trouble Almost"
MAKING MR. RIGHT – Music composed and performed by
* "Chemtech Promo Video" * "Ulysses' Escape" * "Night Visit" * "Frankie's Drive" * "Ulysses" * "In the Lab" * "Sondra and Jeff" * "Mr. Right" * "Wedding Reception" * "Parting Glance"
Songs that appear in the film but not on the released soundtrack:
Into the Groove " – Madonna (Madonna, Stephen Bray)
* "The Shoop Shoop Song (It\'s in His Kiss) " – Betty Everett
* "One Fine Day " –
* There are two versions of the opening scene; one version opens with "The Shoop Shoop Song" and one version opens with "One Fine Day". "One Fine Day" was used for the European version where licensing restrictions prevented the use of the "Shoop Shoop Song" (as explained on the 1996 DVD commentary).
The filmmakers had initially wanted
Diane Keaton and
Goldie Hawn to
play the roles of Roberta and Susan, but the director decided to cast
Statue of Liberty
The film was inspired in part by the 1974 film, Céline et Julie vont en bateau (Céline and Julie Go Boating). The film also has an alternate ending included on the DVD, where Susan and Roberta are invited to Egypt after helping to return the earrings. They are depicted next to the pyramids on camels. The director cut this scene from the end saying that it was unnecessary and audiences at the test screenings thought the film should have already ended much earlier (as explained on the DVD). The 1964 science fiction film, The Time Travelers , is playing in scenes 6 and 23 (melts at the end of the movie). All the scenes featuring Dez (Aidan Quinn) working as a projectionist were filmed at Bleecker Street Cinema . The scene between Roberta and Gary in their kitchen show Roberta watching Alfred Hitchcock's Rebecca .
The movie was filmed during the late summer and early fall in 1984,
early in Madonna's rise to popularity, and was intended to be an
R-rated feature. However, following the success of the singer's
1984–85 hits "Like a Virgin " and "
The interior/exterior shots of The Magic Club were filmed at the
The film has been developed into a stage musical which received its world premiere at London's Novello Theatre on November 15, 2007, following previews from October 16, 2007. The musical version features music and lyrics by Blondie and Deborah Harry , including a brand-new song written especially for the show. The production was directed by Angus Jackson, with book and concept by Peter Michael Marino, and sets and costumes by Tim Hatley. Produced by Susan Gallin, Ron Kastner, Mark Rubinstein and Old Vic productions, the musical starred Emma Williams as Susan and Kelly Price as Roberta, with Steven Houghton as Alex. Marino presented his solo comedy Desperately Seeking the Exit, which is based on his experiences, at the 2012 Edinburgh