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Smooth Talk

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.

This film can be viewed across North America.

Country, Year United States, 1985
DirectorJoyce Chopra
WriterJoyce Chopra, Tom Cole, and Joyce Carol Oates
CastTreat Williams, Laura Dern, Mary Kay Place, Levon Helm, Elizabeth Berridge, William Ragsdale
ProducerMartin Rosen
Runtime92 MINS, SECS