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Smooth Talk (1985)

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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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2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

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Arnold Friend
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Connie
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Katherine
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Laura
Sara Inglis ...
Jill (as Sarah Inglis)
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Harry
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June
Geoff Hoyle ...
Ellie
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Jeff
David Berridge ...
Eddie
Cab Covay ...
Pick-up Driver
Michael French ...
Stan
Joy Carlin ...
Laura's Mother
Mark McKay ...
Bobby King
Carl Mueller ...
Mall Boy
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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 <zuckermn@humans-only.slip.net>

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17 November 1985 (USA)  »

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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 »

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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: On the Sunny Side of the Screen (1994) See more »

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Performed by Richard Taylor
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A poignant, painful reminder of being a 15 year old girl
13 September 2006 | by (Virginia) – See all my reviews

I give this film a ten because it was very entertaining and thought provoking. For years I have been trying to remember the name of it so I could order the video to watch again. I saw it 20 years ago. I don't remember all the details but I remember how much it touched me.

It was quite frightening, even at the age of 23. I never forgot the strength of Laura Dern's performance. It was incredible, defining. I have followed her career ever since. Treat Williams was also excellent. I don't want to risk a spoiler so I will just say he was a very convincing character.

I also believe it would be as meaningful today as it was in 1985. The relevance of this film is timeless.


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