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Smithereens -- Wren is a self-promoting Jersey girl desperate to break into the downtown Manhattan music scene. But with no money and no talent, she bounces between a nice guy artist and an arrogant musician until things fall into place.

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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:
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(13 articles)
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TVs and Tuna See more (21 total) »

Cast

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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)
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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:
Debut theatrical feature film as an editor, producer and director for Susan Seidelman.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Wren's glasses on her head change when Paul asks her for a date.See more »
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References Wild Innocence (1936)See more »
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9 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
TVs and Tuna, 26 July 2003
Author: JZvezda

Wren is a dirty birdie. A vagrant punkette skumbag who wears a checkered vinyl mini-skirt with blue pantyhose and pink hi-top Converse. Her only possessions are a busted-up portable TV and a trash bag full of really scary dipsy-dumpster punk fashions (think Pat Benatar 1981 or Punky Brewster 1984). She looks stupid, acts stupid, and is stupid. She's my hero.

Wren inadvertently wins the affection of this dorky kid with a big heart, who lives in his van and has really bad hair. This relationship functions because:

A) She's a filthy homeless mess, and he's got a van she can sleep in

B) He's into filthy homeless messes, and he's got a van she can sleep in

The dork doesn't understand why Wren lets him buy her drinks and then leaves the bar with other dorks. He keeps buying the drinks and pouts a lot. What a dork! Wren can't be bothered with the dork's unwanted advances and so she goes about stalking this skuzzy douche-bag who has a punk-band. And really bad hair.

All kidding aside, there are some touching moments in this film that kind of reach inside of you and warm your heart. Like when the dork lets the cracked-out hooker sit in his van because it's chilly outside, and in return she offers him a bee-jay and the tuna-sandwich her mom packed as a between-trick snack. That scene almost made me cry.

I love this movie so much that I had to go out and buy it. And I'm glad I did because now my sofa doesn't tip forward on that one side.

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