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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. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi

Cast

Susan Berman
as Wren
Richard Hell
as Eric
Roger Jett
as Billy
Nada Despotovich
as Cecile
Kitty Summerall
as Blonde
Paul Dunlap
as Bouncer
Amos Poe
as Hustler in Bar
Joel Brooks
as Xerox Boss
Brad Rijn
as Paul

Crew

Susan Seidelman
Director
Susan Seidelman
Producer
Susan Seidelman
Screenwriter
Peter Askin
Screenwriter
Ron Nyswaner
Screenwriter
Chirine El Khadem
Cinematographer
Glenn Mercer
Composer (Music Score)
Susan Seidelman
Editor
Lilly Kilvert
Production Designer
Franz Harland
Art Director
Alison Lances
Costume Designer
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