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Director:
Writers:
Susan Seidelman (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 »
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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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The original seed of this film was a string of ideas for a feature on which Susan Seidelman had made extensive notes in 1979. She called Columbia University's screen-writing program to find someone to help her turn these loose ideas into a screenplay. Ron Nyswaner, an up-and-comer in the Columbia screen-writing program, met with Seidelman. Ultimately, Nyswaner helped Seidelman write the screenplay for the film.See more »
Goofs:
Boom mic visible: In end of film when the girl gets ejected from the club by bouncers the boom mic is visible.See more »
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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Late-night VHS classic, 29 March 2008
Author: AllstonRockCity from United States

Things to be aware of: This movie is a downer.

This movie is interminably slow at times. Feel free to skip forward with the remote. There is not a lot of plot to miss.

Having offered those two disclaimers, this movie is definitely worth watching if you are inclined towards depressing tales of urban outcasts. Like most, this one centers around a subculture, but is really about the kind of tragic dreamers that seem drawn to failure like moths to a porch light.

What makes this story so compelling in spite of the rather amateurish acting and film-making is the gradual, offhand, and absolutely realistic ways in which the different characters casually dig themselves into ever more inescapable holes.

This is a story not about the 80s or punk rock, it's a story about young people with unfocused ambition who are sucked in by the glamor of the scene, whatever it may be. These are the fashion victims we've all known: people who have a new best friend every week, with whom are going to write a screenplay, go on a road trip, start a band, whatever. The people who are too busy and too cool to be cared about unless you're going to make them famous, people who do not realize that the glittering lights of the city at night are just stores and bars, who keep thinking that one of them is going to turn out to be magic, who see everyday life as some kind of hoax that they won't be conned into falling for.

What is beautiful about "Smithereens" is the perfect depiction of the blind, frantic pursuit of a better, purer, more exciting life that leads to the opposite. The sad, romantic naiveté that looks for rescue in a bar at 2am is a target for every kind of leech whose belief in magic has burned out and turned to cynical opportunism. The neophyte victims gradually and seamlessly become predators themselves, preying on others who are looking for late-night magic. Dreams of romance, fame, and adventure become grubbing squabbles over sex and money and these dreamers don't even see it happening until, disdainful of everything, they end up with nothing.

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