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Smithereens (1982)

A narcissistic runaway engages in a number of parasitic relationships amongst members of New York's waning punk scene.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Susan Berman ... Wren
... 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
... Hustler in Bar
Ada McSpade ... Rasta (as Ade McSpade)
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A restless and abrasive young woman eschews the affections of a sensitive young portrait artist, preferring to chase punk singers in a misguided desire for fame and fortune in New York's Greenwich Village. Written by Rick Ferncase <ferncase@chapman.edu>

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19 August 1983 (West Germany)  »

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New York City Girl  »

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$60,000 (estimated)
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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

"Many of the Manhattan artists, musicians and actors who are part of the scene it chronicles were involved in the making of the movie" according to the Jan-Feb 1983 edition of US 'Coming Attractions' magazine. See more »

Goofs

In end of film when the girl gets ejected from the club by bouncers the boom mic is visible. See more »

Quotes

Wren: Cuz I'm not settin' foot in New Jersey again. Ever.
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Connections

Features The Lawrence Welk Show (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

Loveless Love
Performed by The Feelies
From the album "Crazy Rhythms" (1980)
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excellent film by the director of "desperately seeking susan"
22 May 2000 | by See all my reviews

i quite disagree with "dehlia"'s comment, this movie is anything but dull. It is an excellent film that does seemingly document the early new york style of punk/new wave rock and it's main character Wren who is as mentioned on a road to nowhere. The film comes off as a really excellent student feature, and it was the first film by the director of Desperately Seeking Susan and She -Devil. You can definitely see remnants of the Wren character in the character Madonna plays in "susan" and the film doesn't have a big sappy ending which is what makes it so interesting, it starts off like a comedy and then reveals itself as a more serious drama. It reminded me a great deal of the films of the French New Wave. Definitely worth seeing.


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