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Suspended between carefree youth and the harsh realities of the adult world, a teenage girl experiences an unsettling awakening in this haunting vision of innocence lost. 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
    United States
  • Director
    Joyce Chopra
  • Screenwriter
    Tom Cole
  • Producer
    Martin Rosen
  • Executive Producer
    Lindsay Law, Timothy Marx
  • Cast
    Treat Williams, Laura Dern, Mary Kay Place
  • Cinematographer
    James Glennon
  • Editor
    Patrick Dodd
  • Production Design
    David Wasco
  • Music
    James Taylor