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Smooth Talk (1985)

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.

Director:

Joyce Chopra

Writers:

Joyce Carol Oates (story "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been"), Tom Cole (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Treat Williams ... Arnold Friend
Laura Dern ... Connie
Mary Kay Place ... Katherine
Margaret Welsh ... Laura
Sara Inglis Sara Inglis ... Jill (as Sarah Inglis)
Levon Helm ... Harry
Elizabeth Berridge ... June
Geoff Hoyle Geoff Hoyle ... Ellie
William Ragsdale ... Jeff
David Berridge David Berridge ... Eddie
Cab Covay Cab Covay ... Pick-up Driver
Michael French Michael French ... Stan
Joy Carlin Joy Carlin ... Laura's Mother
Mark McKay Mark McKay ... Bobby King
Carl Mueller Carl Mueller ... Mall Boy
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Storyline

Free-spirited fifteen-year-old Connie Wyatt may be too young to drive, but she's already driving the boys crazy. Her suspicious mother wants to keep her safely at home, but Connie would rather while away the languid summer days hanging out with her friends and flirting with boys at the local burger stand. But when she flirts with a handsome and dangerous stranger named Arnold Friend, she must prepare herself for the frightening and traumatic consequences. Based on the short story "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" by Joyce Carol Oates. Written by Eric Zuckerman <zuckermn@humans-only.slip.net>

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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 November 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bedrohliches Geflüster See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Rosa, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,785, 17 November 1985, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$16,785, 17 November 1985
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film is actually based on the short story by Joyce Carol Oates titled, "Where are you going, Where have you been?". It's often hailed as a literary masterpiece due to the many motifs and insightful views on modern culture. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Katherine: I look at you. I look right in your eyes... and all I see are a bunch of trashy daydreams.
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Connections

Featured in Indie Sex: Teens (2007) See more »

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Is That the Way You Look
Performed by James Taylor
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A poignant, painful reminder of being a 15 year old girl
13 September 2006 | by bridgeheadsSee all my reviews

I give this film a ten because it was very entertaining and thought provoking. For years I have been trying to remember the name of it so I could order the video to watch again. I saw it 20 years ago. I don't remember all the details but I remember how much it touched me.

It was quite frightening, even at the age of 23. I never forgot the strength of Laura Dern's performance. It was incredible, defining. I have followed her career ever since. Treat Williams was also excellent. I don't want to risk a spoiler so I will just say he was a very convincing character.

I also believe it would be as meaningful today as it was in 1985. The relevance of this film is timeless.


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