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Smithereens

3.8 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews

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Product Description

A would-be weird girl club-hops around New York trying to hustle her way into punk rock. Directed by Susan Seidelman.

Review

"Funny & Eccentric!" -- The New York Times

Special Features

  • Desperately Seeking Susan & Richard: interviews with stars Susan Berman and Richard Hell
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Poster and still gallery

Product Details

  • Actors: Susan Berman, Richard Hell, Brad Rijn, Nada Despotovich, Roger Jett
  • Directors: Susan Seidelman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Blue Underground
  • DVD Release Date: November 16, 2004
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00030AZFW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,024 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Smithereens" on IMDb

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Besides capturing the gritty reality of New York City and eighties punk nihilism (unlike Times Square, which makes NYC seem like the innocuous Disneyland it now sadly is), Smithereens captures both the intimacy and estrangement of the punk experience to the jangling beat of such notables as the Feelies, Richard Hell and the Voidoids, and Television. Susan Berman delivers a stellar performance as a vulnerable, [angry], terminal misfit/victim/enfant terrible ambiguously coveting celebrity status and the affections of Richard Hell, who also shines as a punk icon and sexy-but-worthless cad. Fun, edgy and disturbing, with a harrowing conclusion and a heartfelt sympathy for its desperate characters. Includes Kitty, my fave cameo, as a sultry, manic-depressive downtown Bardot. If you weren't there, this film will make you feel like you were.
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Long before "Party Monster" or "Slaves Of New York" explored the underbelly of the NYC downtown arts scene, there was "Smithereens". A young woman hustles her way through the early 80's NYC punk scene in an attempt to grab her "15 minutes" any way she can. Basically a more nihilist, East Coast version of the standard "Bumpkin Getting Off The Bus In Hollywood With Stars In Her Eyes" tale. This gritty little independent feature was the debut for then unknown director Susan Seidelman, who is perhaps best known these days for her involvement with "Sex In The City". Good performances from the mostly unknown cast. Music fans are sure to recognize Richard Hell (of the Voidoids, who penned the memorable punk anthem "Blank Generation") playing an arrogant,self-absorbed musician (wow what a stretch!) "Sex In The City" fans will get a hoot spotting the future 'Mr. Big', Chris Noth, in a (very) small part as a transvestite. "Smithereens" was undoubtedly a blueprint for Seidelman's next film, the much more slickly produced "Desperately Seeking Susan", which I would go so far as to call "Smithereens" with a higher budget! I am hoping that the release of this little "skinny tie era" gem means we will see "Ladies And Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains" and "Starstruck" available on DVD sometime before they put us in the home?!
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This film is a classic! It has a raw street like feel to it, and a sense of urgency and desperation that runs rampant throughout the film. Susan Berman plays a pathetic groupie-type set out to become famous. She will step on anyone's toes and stab anyone's back and burn all her bridges along the way in order to achieve this goal. She meets a boy along the way willing to help her and love her and shelter her even though he hasn't got a pot to pee in himself. But she is hell bent on getting her way and in turn becomes a mean, self absorbed street weasel. She pushes away the people who love her most and ends up walking down that dreadful path of self destruction. Amazing to watch the transformation nonetheless, all set to early-eighties street rhythms and a pinch of the punk scene thrown in for good measure.
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I can watch this film over & over. It is about the heart at the end of the rainbow - the million miles between what we want and what we get. Wren(Susan Berman)shows us the difference between charming and nice - so much to offer - so little to give. When a nice-guy-boy-next-door who really loves her invites Wren to Maine, she says, "I don't even LIKE trees." Powerful music in the film glues these smithereens of people's existence together. Wren reminds me of another great own worst enemy: Jane Fonda's Gloria in "They Shoot Horses - Don't They."
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I'm so glad they decided to release Smithereens on DVD. It's great to see it in widescreen (who knew!), and share all those dark moments with the punk from hell, ALL over again! The DVD is fantastic, every Smithereens fans fantasy come true. The actual DVD even has artwork. Thank you to the makers of the film and the DVD release!
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Although this film captures the feel of NYC in its much grittier days, I nearly rate it 2stars because of its dismal plot. I love Richard Hell here. The one thing this film lacks is fun, which I have no doubt the punk scene was then, and is now. Granted, there are always lots of lazy moochers in a music scene, but this borders pathetic. She feels young and invincible, even in her desperate, selfish state. It could've been a cult classic if it were not for the depressing ending, and more amusement thrown in.
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So I really dig Richard Hell and it was cool watching the movie now (never saw it before) to contrast the setting of dirty, gritty early 80s New York with the clean, gentrified New York of today. Dug all that. Young Richard Hell was as beautiful as ever. The plot was kinda dumb and the characters, totally unlikable. So see it if you are on a punk/new wave nostalgia trip like me. Otherwise, shine it on!
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