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  • Director

    Susan Seidelman

  • Starring

    Susan Berman, Brad Rinn, Richard Hell, Nada Despotovich, Roger Jett

  • Certificate


  • Run Time

    89 mins

  • Release Year


  • Country of Origin


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  • Director of Photography: Chirine El Khadem

  • Editor: Susan Seidelman

  • Produced by: Susan Seidelman

  • Music: Glenn Mercer, Bill Million

  • Screenplay by: Ron Nyswaner, Peter Askin

  • Production Designer: Franz Harland

  • Sound Production: Ze'ev Dunie, Paul Michael



With Susan Berman as runaway Wren and Richard Hell as Eric, director Susan Seidelman’s atmospheric drama takes us back to the East Village punk scene of the 1980s. With a script by Seidelman and Ron Nyswaner, who would go on to write Philadelphia (1993), and a soundtrack featuring influential cult band The Feelies, Smithereens was one of the first independent American movies to screen in competition at Cannes. Seidelman would go on to direct ’80s classic Desperately Seeking Susan (1985) starring Madonna. 

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