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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.

Director:

Susan Seidelman

Writers:

Susan Seidelman (story), Ron Nyswaner (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Susan Berman Susan Berman ... Wren
Brad Rijn ... Paul (as Brad Rinn)
Richard Hell Richard Hell ... Eric
Nada Despotovich Nada Despotovich ... Cecile
Roger Jett Roger Jett ... Billy - Eric's Roommate
Kitty Summerall Kitty Summerall ... Eric's Wife
Joni Ruth White Joni Ruth White ... Landlady (as Robynne White)
D.J. O'Neill D.J. O'Neill ... Ed
Joel Rooks Joel Rooks ... Xerox Boss
Pamela Speed Pamela Speed ... Terry
Tom Cherwin Tom Cherwin ... Mike
Edie Schecter Edie Schecter ... Christine
Katherine Riley Katherine Riley ... 1st Hooker
Amos Poe ... Hustler in Bar
Ada McSpade Ada McSpade ... Rasta (as Ade McSpade)
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Storyline

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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She was a legend in her own mind. See more »

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Drama | Music

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 August 1983 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

New York City Girl See more »

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Budget:

$60,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Domestic Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Lead actress Susan Berman had no prior experience acting in a film. She was picked out of a theater crowd of an off-off-off-off Broadway play by director Susan Seidelman to be in this film. In the words of Berman, "The only ones in the crowd were friends of the actors, or someone who knew someone who was involved. After the performance, these two people walked up to me and offered me a role in a feature length movie". 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 Bedtime for Bonzo (1951) See more »

Soundtracks

I Never Felt
Performed by The Nitecaps
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Realistic, absorbing.
5 July 2000 | by ltryforoSee all my reviews

We know people like this: rootless, aimless, self-absorbed, and using. This is a realistic portrait of such a young woman who, when everything smashes to "smithereens," may or may not have an epiphany, in an ending reminiscent of the last frame in 400 Blows. Great directorial debut.


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