Director: Susan Seidelman Cast: Susan Berman, Richard Hell, Roger Jett

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Written, produced, directed, and edited by Susan Seidelman in true student film fashion, Smithereens is the story of Wren (Susan Berman), an independent spirit from New Jersey trying to self-promote herself into the New York punk scene. She meets Paul (Brad Rijn), who ran away from Montana and lives out of his van in a parking lot. Paul seems to offer genuine friendship, however, Wren is only interested in forming meaningless relationships in hopes of bolstering her nonexistent career. She has no musical talents or industry skills, yet she aggressively pursues a pathetic spot for herself in places like the Peppermint Lounge. She drops Paul for Eric (Richard Hell, who also performs on the musical score), who has a record deal, and they work out a plan to escape to California, which requires Wren to pose as a prostitute in order to scam money from a prospective john. Things don't work out, and Wren finds herself hitting one wall after another, eventually getting kicked out of her apartment. With no place to go, Wren seeks out everyone she knows in the city, only to find herself left alone.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/21/2018
UPC: 0715515219112
Original Release: 1982
Rating: R
Source: Criterion
Region Code: A
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 1:32:00
Sales rank: 4,480

Special Features

New 2K digital restoration, approved by Director Susan Seidelman, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack; Audio Commentary from 2004 featuring Seidelman; New interviews wiht Seidelman and actor Susan Berman; And You Act Like One Too (1978) and Yours Truly, Andrea G. Stern (1979) and Yours Truly, Andrea G. Stern (1979), two early shorts by Seidelman, with new introductions by the Director; Plus: An essay by critic Rebecca Bengal

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Susan Berman Wren
Richard Hell Eric
Roger Jett Billy
Nada Despotovich Cecile
Kitty Summerall Blonde
Paul Dunlap Bouncer
Cookie Mueller Actor
Chris Noth Actor
Amos Poe Hustler in Bar
Brad Rijn Paul
Joel Brooks Xerox Boss

Technical Credits
Susan Seidelman Director,Editor,Producer,Screenwriter
Peter Askin Screenwriter
Franz Harland Art Director
Chirine El Khadem Cinematographer
Lilly Kilvert Production Designer
Alison Lances Costumes/Costume Designer
Glenn Mercer Score Composer
Bill Milliion Score Composer
Ron Nyswaner Screenwriter

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Smithereens 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When this film was first released on VHS years ago, the box featured critic quotes citing it as brilliant comedy. I don't know what movie they were talking about, but this film is without question the Midnight Cowboy of the 1980's, visceral portrait of New York City and all. Incredible direction and ensemble acting. Don't miss it.