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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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Release Date:
19 August 1983 (West Germany) See more »
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A narcissistic runaway engages in a number of parasitic relationships amongst members of New York's waning punk scene. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (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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A number of the actors in small roles such as X-Sessive, Amos Poe, Ada McSpade and The Nitecaps portrayed fictional equivalents of themselves.See more »
Continuity: Wren's glasses on her head change when Paul asks her for a date.See more »
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9 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Where's the soundtrack? This is great., 8 May 2003
Author: macabro357 from U.S.

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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