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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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She was a legend in her own mind. See more »

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19 August 1983 (West Germany)  »

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Estilhaços  »

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$60,000 (estimated)
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Production on this independent film got shut down for six months after actress Susan Berman had an accident on a fire escape whilst improvising a scene. Berman was doing an improvisation with one of her fellow actors in the film which involved her character being tossed and trapped on a fire escape, and responding quite frantically to the situation. In the midst of acting and struggling with the other actor in the scene to let her back inside, Berman fell off the fire escape and broke her leg. Production shut down for six months and the crew picked up shooting again in early 1981. See more »

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Wren's glasses on her head change when Paul asks her for a date. See more »

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References The Nights of Cabiria (1957) See more »

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Written by Danny Amis Don Christensen Jody Harris Pat Irwin
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Quirky and raw...but fatally stubborn
3 April 2011 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Susan Berman plays young woman named Wren who hangs out in New York City's punk underground, but who is unable to translate her interest in the burgeoning music scene into a lucrative form of work. Director Susan Seidelman, who also conceived the original story with co-screenwriter Ron Nyswaner, understands this gritty milieu exceptionally well, and the film's low-end budget works for her scenario. Still, "Smithereens" isn't an edgy film, nor a particularly dangerous one. It gives us a rather inept heroine who's locked in a hopeless situation, with no avenues available for a personal or professional redemption. As a result, the finale represents a dead-end rather than the thoughtful or provoking portrait Seidelman clearly intended this to be. ** from ****


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