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A narcissistic runaway engages in a number of parasitic relationships amongst members of New York's waning punk scene.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Susan Berman ...
Wren
Brad Rijn ...
Paul (as Brad Rinn)
Richard Hell ...
Eric
Nada Despotovich ...
Cecile
Roger Jett ...
Billy - Eric's Roommate
Kitty Summerall ...
Eric's Wife
Joni Ruth White ...
Landlady (as Robynne White)
D.J. O'Neill ...
Ed
Joel Rooks ...
Xerox Boss
Pamela Speed ...
Terry
Tom Cherwin ...
Mike
Edie Schecter ...
Christine
Katherine Riley ...
1st Hooker
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Hustler in Bar
Ada McSpade ...
Rasta (as Ade McSpade)
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An restless and abrasive young woman eschews the affections of a sensitive young portrait artist, preferring to chase punk singers in a misguided desire for fame and fortune in New York's Greenwich Village. Written by Rick Ferncase <ferncase@chapman.edu>

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19 August 1983 (West Germany)  »

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A number of the actors in small roles such as X-Sessive, Amos Poe, Ada McSpade and The Nitecaps portrayed fictional equivalents of themselves. See more »

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Nu-Wav "Documentary"

There's something about black and white checkered miniskirts in 1982 that sums up an entire era.

"Smithereens" documents a brief history of an archetype that many are familiar with: the Hip Urban Street Punk on a Path to Nowhere.

What makes this film superb is that it treats the subject with a frank honesty rarely seen in such a genre. No happy endings, convoluted plot points or moral judgments are imposed upon Wren as she bumbles about New York trying to make her way.

She is neither likable nor despicable. Belonging to no demographic, she creates her own. She has vague desires, but no goals. And as such an aimless character, the film's closing shot is quite perfect.

"Smithereens" is an engaging, refreshingly stark 'documentary' that does not gloss over its themes with the glitz and glitter otherwise prevalent in the early 80's. It successfully encapsulates a time and a lifestyle rarely portrayed correctly, except maybe in "Sid & Nancy".


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