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Director:
Writers:
Susan Seidelman (story) &
Ron Nyswaner (story) ...
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Release Date:
19 August 1983 (West Germany) See more »
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Plot:
A narcissistic runaway engages in a number of parasitic relationships amongst members of New York's waning punk scene. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
1 nomination See more »
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(13 articles)
User Reviews:
Nu-Wav "Documentary" See more (21 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
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

Amos Poe ... Hustler in Bar
Ada McSpade ... Rasta (as Ade McSpade)
Cookie Mueller ... Horror Movie Sequence

Ed French ... Horror Movie Sequence (as Edward E. French)

Alan Woolf ... Pimp (as Wolf Alan)
The Nitecaps ... Band
X-Sessive ... Lead Singer
Paul Dunlap ... Bouncer
Sara Sassin ... Tough Woman in Cafe
Chel Chenier ... Cecile's Roommate

Geretta Geretta ... Prostitute (as Geretta Giancarlo)
Phyllis Kay ... Prostitute (as Phylis Kay)
Celia Maurice ... Prostitute

Roma Maffia ... Prostitute

Chris Noth ... Prostitute
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

John Doe ... Door Guy (uncredited)

Directed by
Susan Seidelman 
 
Writing credits
Susan Seidelman (story) &
Ron Nyswaner (story)

Ron Nyswaner (screenplay) &
Peter Askin (screenplay)

Produced by
Joanne Gross .... associate producer
Susan Seidelman .... producer
 
Original Music by
Glenn Mercer 
Bill Million 
 
Cinematography by
Chirine El Khadem (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Susan Seidelman 
 
Production Design by
Franz Harland 
 
Costume Design by
Alison Lances 
 
Makeup Department
Ed French .... special makeup/horror movie effects
Eric Turner .... hair stylist
 
Art Department
Lani Asher .... props
Anthony Coren .... assistant art director
Skip Hooper .... graphic artist
Lee Schattino .... props
 
Sound Department
Ze'ev Dunie .... boom operator
Paul Michael .... foley artist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
David Golia .... first assistant camera
Ken Kotsch .... gaffer
Anna Reinhardt .... second electrician
 
Editorial Department
Jim Finn .... negative cutter
 
Music Department
Paul Michael .... assistant recording engineer
 
Other crew
Ira Hurvitz .... script supervisor
Stephen Seymour .... video
 

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89 min
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Trivia:
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:
Continuity: Wren's glasses on her head change when Paul asks her for a date.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Wings of Destiny (1940)See more »
Soundtrack:
Guitar BeatSee more »

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22 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Nu-Wav "Documentary", 15 March 2000

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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