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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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Susan Seidelman (story) &
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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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Debut theatrical feature film as an editor, producer and director for Susan Seidelman.See more »
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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The Boy with the Perpetual NervousnessSee more »


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1 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Doesn't Make It In New York Or Anywhere, 1 November 2008
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Susan Seidelman seems to have had a decent career with a few top notch credits under her belt. I'm certainly glad she bounced back from this film which seems to have its admirers. I'm not one of them.

I've seen better acting in high school plays than I did in Smithereens. The plot such as it is involved young Susan Berman who is ambitious to make it in the world of music and is willing to do just about anything to get there. She even rejects the sincere advances of a young artist who is living out of his van off the East River played by Brad Rijn.

Young Mr. Rijn contributes the worst performance in the film, in fact one of the worst acting jobs I've seen in a long time. No wonder he's not gone anywhere.

I will say that Seidelman's eye for the camera is a good one in capturing the familiar East Village locations where the film was mostly shot. But her work with her live performers didn't measure up. I'm not sure she had that much raw material to work with.

Look fast and you'll see a very young Christopher Noth before Law and Order and Sex in the City as a street hustler.

If you like punk rock, you might sit through this for the soundtrack. I'll stick to Bing Crosby.

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