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Joyce Carol Oates (story)
Tom Cole (screenplay)
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Release Date:
17 November 1985 (USA) See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Treat Williams ... Arnold Friend

Laura Dern ... Connie

Mary Kay Place ... Katherine

Margaret Welsh ... Laura
Sara Inglis ... Jill (as Sarah Inglis)

Levon Helm ... Harry

Elizabeth Berridge ... June
Geoff Hoyle ... Ellie

William Ragsdale ... 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

David Michael O'Neill ... Mall Boy (as David O'Neill)
Craig Caddell ... Mall Boy
Darian Alioto ... Mall Creep
Gary Harris ... Mall Creep
Sally Schaub ... Saleslady
William Desmond ... Laura's Dad
Michael Vaughn ... Leroy
Rob Blair ... Beach Boy
Edgar Kahn ... Beach Boy
Spenser Mains ... Eddie's Friend
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Tanner Lagasca ... Bar Patron (uncredited)

Directed by
Joyce Chopra 
Writing credits
Joyce Carol Oates (story "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been")

Tom Cole (screenplay)

Produced by
Lindsay Law .... executive producer
Timothy Marx .... associate producer
Martin Rosen .... producer
Original Music by
Russ Kunkel 
George Massenburg 
Bill Payne 
Cinematography by
James Glennon 
Film Editing by
Patrick Dodd 
Casting by
Mary Colquhoun 
Production Design by
David Wasco 
Set Decoration by
Robert Joyce 
Costume Design by
Carol Oditz 
Makeup Department
Lynn Marie Curreri .... hair stylist
Natalie Mucyn .... makeup artist
Production Management
Geoffrey de Valois .... pre-production manager
Mary M. Ensign .... production manager
Roy Kissin .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Timothy Marx .... first assistant director
Gail Mezey Morris .... second assistant director
Art Department
Gordon Harrison .... storyboard artist
Douglas Jones .... set constructor
Bruce Mink .... property master
Eileen Turner .... assistant property master
Sound Department
Stephen Balliet .... boom operator
Mark Berger .... supervising re-recording mixer
Douglas Murray .... sound editor
Philip Perkins .... production sound mixer
Dennie Thorpe .... foley artist
Rocky Capella .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Jon Caradies .... best boy
Nancy Ellison .... special still photographer
Dan Gillham .... gaffer
Michael L. Glennon .... first assistant camera
Craig Haagensen .... camera operator
Dana Kershner .... additional still photographer
Chris Lombardi .... second assistant camera
Michael Santy .... additional photographer
Reed Smoot .... additional photographer
Jani Vournas .... dolly
Jani Vournas .... key grip
Paul Wachter .... dolly grip
Paul Wachter .... key grip
Casting Department
Ann Brebner .... casting: West Coast
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Teressa Longo .... wardrobe assistant
Mary Schuba Stutz .... wardrobe mistress
Editorial Department
Mark Levinson .... assistant editor
Bill Westwick .... negative cutter
Gwendolyn Yates Whittle .... assistant editor (as Gwendolyn Yates)
Location Management
Libby Moyer .... location scout non credited (as Elizabeth Moyer)
Laurie Noll .... location manager
Music Department
James Taylor .... musical director
Transportation Department
Len Levine .... driver
Craig A. Patterson .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Jennifer Almquist .... assistant to director
Donna K. Baker .... title designer
Carol DePasquale .... script supervisor (as Carol De Pasquale)
Kerry Peterson .... production coordinator
B. Rosen .... production office manager
Kerry Stanwyck .... production coordinator

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92 min
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Continuity: 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 »
Arnold Friend:I wanna introduce myself. I'm Arnold Friend and that's my real name. And that's what I want to be to you, a friend.See more »
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11 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
The Star Was Born:, 11 November 2006
Author: Galina from Virginia, USA

Since I read Joyce Carol Oates' short story "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" many years ago as a teenager myself (many Oates' works were translated to Russian - she was and I hope still is very popular there), I've been fascinated by it. I've read many Oates's stories and some of her novels but the 10 pages long story of 15 years old Connie, "shallow, vain, silly, hopeful, doomed— but capable nonetheless of an unexpected gesture of heroism at the story's end" has stuck in my memory and I could never forget it. When I found out that the story was adapted to the screen, I tried to find the movie, "Smooth Talk" (1985) directed by Joyce Chopra and I saw it finally last weekend. A disturbing coming of age drama, the winner of The Grand Jury Prize at 1986 features 18 years-old Laura Dern who appears innocent, gawky, and provocative all at once. Laura owns the film as a sultry woman-child who just began to realize the power of her sexual attractiveness during one long summer that would change her life forever. It does not surprise me a bit that Dern's next movie would be David Lynch's "Blue Velvet" where she played sweet and innocent Sandy and in a few years she would play her best role, Lula Fortune in his "Wild at Heart" (1990). The more I think of Laura, the more I see her as one of the most talented actresses of her generation. She is fearless in taking sometimes unflattering roles and she never lost that aura of innocence wrapped in irresistible sexuality that made her Connie in "Smooth Talk" so alive and unforgettable.

The links to the full text of the story and to the Oates' article about adapting it to the film are posted on the movie's message board. I was shocked to find out what the real story behind the fictional was.

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