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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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Who is this? See more »
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:
Depressing but impressive 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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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 »
Movie Connections:
Features Bedtime for Bonzo (1951)See more »
Soundtrack:
Out Of Baby's ReachSee more »

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8 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Depressing but impressive, 29 August 2007
Author: Wayne Malin (wwaayynnee51@hotmail.com) from United States

Wren (Susan Berman) is a restless young woman trying to break into the music scene in NY of the early 1980s. A young, handsome and trusting man named Paul (Brad Rijn) falls for her--but she just uses him and tries to hook up with self-centered Eric (Richard Hell) who says he has contacts to get a career going.

This was a very impressive directorial debut by Susan Seidelman. It was made on a very low-budget and had mostly nonprofessional actors. It was surprisingly a favorite with critics and a success with art house college audiences of 1982. However it's pretty much disappeared since then. It's easy to see why. The clothes, music and attitudes are all clearly from the early 1980s. Most college kids today wouldn't know what to make of this. Still it's a good movie and, as a college kid from that era, I can honestly say this caught the look and feel of that time expertly. Purportedly this is also a pretty accurate portrayal about how the Village was way back then--hard to believe it was 25 years ago.

The film itself is gritty and negative and looks cheap--but that's because it was and it actually helps the movie. Seidelman's direction was actually pretty assured considering it was her first feature movie. Also, for the most part, the acting is good--Rijn in particular stands out. The only negatives I can think of is that is a depressing movie and Berman is miscast. She's a good actress but seems far too intelligent for the character she's playing.

Worth catching--especially for men and women who were in college in the early 1980s. It will really take you back! I give it an 8.

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