Smooth Talk (1985)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Romance, Thriller  |  17 November 1985 (USA)
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A free-spirited 15-year-old girl flirts with a dangerous stranger in the Northern California suburbs and must prepare herself for the frightening and traumatic consequences.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Arnold Friend
Sara Inglis ...
Jill (as Sarah Inglis)
Geoff Hoyle ...
David Berridge ...
Cab Covay ...
Pick-up Driver
Michael French ...
Joy Carlin ...
Laura's Mother
Mark McKay ...
Bobby King
Carl Mueller ...
Mall Boy


Based on the short story "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" by Joyce Carol Oates, this film chronicles 15-year-old Connie Wyatt's sexual awakening in the Northern California suburbs. Before she enters her sophomore year in high school, she spends the summer moping around her family cottage. Connie passes the time cruising the shopping mall with her friends and flirting with boys at a local burger stand. However, her flirting begins to get out of hand when the mysterious stranger Arnold Friend takes an interest in her. Written by Eric Zuckerman <>

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Bedrohliches Geflüster  »

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When the girls are looking across the street at Franks drive-in we see the gold Pontiac already in the lot, easy to pick out due to the left brake light being out. Then we hear the car coming down the road and see it turn into the parking lot, also sporting the non working light. See more »


Katherine: A penny.
Connie: For what?
Katherine: You know what.
Connie: For my thoughts? They're not worth it.
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Performed by Richard Taylor
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Every parent of a daughter should see this film
11 June 2004 | by (santa cruz california) – See all my reviews

I was impressed with Laura's acting and thought she portrayed the difficulty of dealing with coming of age in a touching and realistic manner. Her hormones outpaced her friends noticeably and that put her at odds with her closest friends and also made her the target of males far beyond her abilities to understand and defend herself from. My daughter is now grown and survived her teen years quite well. I thought of this film often during those years and am thankful she did not develop early and that she had sufficient parenting to avoid characters such as Treat played. I have not found this movie available on tape or disc and feel that that is a great loss.

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