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Smithereens

3.9 out of 5 stars 14 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:
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  • Studio: Blue Underground
  • DVD Release Date: November 16, 2004
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00030AZFW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,639 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Smithereens" on IMDb

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By Lisa M. Guest on February 11, 2001
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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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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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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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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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This review is for The Blue Underground version of the 1982 film, "Smithereens"! I must admit that I had some high hopes for this film, considering it was directed by Susan Seidelman, who would go on to direct the 1985 film, "Desperately Seeking Susan". In addition, the film was the very 1st American Indy film to compete at The Cannes Film Festival. Susan Berman plays Wren, a self-promoting Jersey girl who is desperate to break into the downtown Manhattan music scene. The problem is that she really doesn't have much musical talent. The film also features Punk icon Richard Hell, who looks cool but really can't act. Brad Rinn plays Wren's boyfriend, who is an artist. The film is a time capsule of the early 80's East Village Punk scene. It was one of the very 1st Punk dramas. The problem is that Berman, Hell, and Rinn, really can't act as well, either. The best thing about the film is the film score by The Feelies, featuring Glenn Mercer and Bill Million. It's really just their great "Crazy Rhythms" LP, without their vocals. I really wanted to like this film more but the acting and script are just too downbeat and poor. The extras to the dvd are very good, however. They include an Audio Commentary with Director Seidelman, interviews with Susan Berman and Richard Hell a Theatrical trailer, and a Poster and Still Gallery. I enjoyed the extras more than the film itself. It is in Color, Widescreen, with a running time of 93 minutes. For fans of this type of early Indy NYC Punk films, I would bounce the rating up to 4 stars. The film transfer is pristine, and the Dolby Digital sound is Very Good! SMRZ!
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