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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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Susan Seidelman

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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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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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Drama | Music

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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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Domestic Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Debut film and TV credit of actors Susan Berman and Brad Rijn as well as many others in the cast. See more »

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Wren's glasses on her head change when Paul asks her for a date. See more »

Quotes

Wren: Cuz I'm not settin' foot in New Jersey again. Ever.
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References Wild Innocence (1936) See more »

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Out Of Baby's Reach
Performed by Dave Weckerman
1980 Single
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Depressing but impressive
29 August 2007 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

Wren (Susan Berman) is a restless young woman trying to break into the music scene in NY of the early 1980s. A young, handsome and trusting man named Paul (Brad Rijn) falls for her--but she just uses him and tries to hook up with self-centered Eric (Richard Hell) who says he has contacts to get a career going.

This was a very impressive directorial debut by Susan Seidelman. It was made on a very low-budget and had mostly nonprofessional actors. It was surprisingly a favorite with critics and a success with art house college audiences of 1982. However it's pretty much disappeared since then. It's easy to see why. The clothes, music and attitudes are all clearly from the early 1980s. Most college kids today wouldn't know what to make of this. Still it's a good movie and, as a college kid from that era, I can honestly say this caught the look and feel of that time expertly. Purportedly this is also a pretty accurate portrayal about how the Village was way back then--hard to believe it was 25 years ago.

The film itself is gritty and negative and looks cheap--but that's because it was and it actually helps the movie. Seidelman's direction was actually pretty assured considering it was her first feature movie. Also, for the most part, the acting is good--Rijn in particular stands out. The only negatives I can think of is that is a depressing movie and Berman is miscast. She's a good actress but seems far too intelligent for the character she's playing.

Worth catching--especially for men and women who were in college in the early 1980s. It will really take you back! I give it an 8.


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