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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

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R | See all certifications »
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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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Trivia

Director Susan Seidelman told her actress Susan Berman to see the Federico Fellini film The Nights of Cabiria (1957) before beginning to research her role. 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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References It Isn't Done (1937) See more »

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I Never Felt
Performed by The Nitecaps
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Nu-Wav "Documentary"
15 March 2000 | by MarquisDDSee all my reviews

There's something about black and white checkered miniskirts in 1982 that sums up an entire era.

"Smithereens" documents a brief history of an archetype that many are familiar with: the Hip Urban Street Punk on a Path to Nowhere.

What makes this film superb is that it treats the subject with a frank honesty rarely seen in such a genre. No happy endings, convoluted plot points or moral judgments are imposed upon Wren as she bumbles about New York trying to make her way.

She is neither likable nor despicable. Belonging to no demographic, she creates her own. She has vague desires, but no goals. And as such an aimless character, the film's closing shot is quite perfect.

"Smithereens" is an engaging, refreshingly stark 'documentary' that does not gloss over its themes with the glitz and glitter otherwise prevalent in the early 80's. It successfully encapsulates a time and a lifestyle rarely portrayed correctly, except maybe in "Sid & Nancy".


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