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Smithereens (1982)

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
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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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Storyline

A 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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R | See all certifications »
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19 August 1983 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Estilhaços  »

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$60,000 (estimated)
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The film was selected to screen in competition at the Cannes Film Festival in 1982. The movie is one of the first American independent films to be selected to show in the main competition at Cannes. Some reports maintain that the picture was the very first to do this. See more »

Goofs

After Wren's landlady hears someone breaking into Wren's apartment while watching TV, she runs out into hall and suddenly has smears of white beauty creme under each eye. See more »

Quotes

Wren: Cuz I'm not settin' foot in New Jersey again. Ever.
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References Wings of Destiny (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

The Kid with the Replaceable Head
Performed by Richard Hell & The Voidoids (as Richard Hell and the Voidoids)
From the album "Destiny Street" (1982)
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Where's the soundtrack? This is great.
8 May 2003 | by (U.S.) – See all my reviews

I don't care what the naysayers below think. I like this little film.

And I think the soundtrack blows the pants off of Penelope Spheeris' "Decline of Western Civilization" that was released not too long before this one. I'd love to find the "Smithereens" soundtrack on CD!

Both this and "...Civilization" deal with the U.S. punk culture of the early 80s with this film clearly being the better of the two, imo. Saw 'em both at the same time.

Great little story with a good feel for New York of the early 1980s, and the shallowness of the scene during that time. It really depicted what a loserville the place really was.

I really felt for the Wren character and the rejection she continually faced, much of which was her own doing. She should have went back to New Jersey and made something of herself.

Btw, whatever happened to Susan Berman, anyway? Why hasn't she done more films?

my imbd rating: 7 out of 10


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