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Loosely based on Joyce Carol Oates’ celebrated short story “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” and produced for PBS’ American Playhouse, the narrative debut from director Joyce Chopra features a revelatory breakout performance from Laura Dern as Connie, the fifteen-year-old black sheep of her family whose summertime idyll of beach trips, mall hangouts, and innocent flirtations is shattered by an encounter with a mysterious stranger (a memorably menacing Treat Williams). Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, Smooth Talk captures the thrill and terror of adolescent sexual exploration as it transforms the ingredients of a standard coming of age portrait into something altogether more troubling and profound.

  • Year
    1985
  • Runtime
    92 minutes
  • Language
    English
  • Country
    USA
  • Director
    Joyce Chopra
  • Screenwriter
    Tom Cole, Joyce Carol Oates
  • Producer
    Martin Rosen
  • Cast
    Treat Williams, Laura Dern, Mary Kay Place, Levon Helm, Elizabeth Berridge, William Ragsdale
  • Cinematographer
    James Glennon