Smooth Talk

Smooth Talk

Director: Joyce Chopra Cast: Treat Williams, Laura Dern, Mary Kay Place


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Produced for PBS's American Playhouse series, Smooth Talk was given a brief theatrical release before its "official" February 9, 1987 TV debut. Laura Dern plays a teenager anxious to experience the pleasures of sexual contact. Left alone in the family summer cottage when her mother (Mary Kay Place), father (Levon Helm) and sister (Elizabeth Berridge) go shopping, Dern decides to wander into town for male companionship. She makes the acquaintance of Treat Williams, a handsome if mildly psychotic type who identifies himself as "A. Friend" and behaves like James Dean. When she returns home, Dern is bewildered and dishevelled. We can only speculate as to whether or not she was raped by Williams; we do know that she isn't the same person we met at the beginning of the film. Smooth Talk was based on a 1970 short story by Joyce Carol Oates entitled "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?"

Product Details

Release Date: 11/24/2015
UPC: 0887090113601
Original Release: 1985
Rating: PG-13
Source: Olive Films
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:32:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Treat Williams Arnold Friend
Laura Dern Connie
Mary Kay Place Katherine
Levon Helm Harry
Sarah Inglis Jill
Elizabeth Berridge June
David Michael O'Neill Mall Boy
Geoff Hoyle Ellie
William Ragsdale Jeff
David Berridge Eddie
Cab Covay Pickup Driver
Michael French Stan
Joy Carlin Laura's Mother
Mark McKay Bobby King
Carl Mueller Mall Boy
Craig Caddell Mall Boy
Darian Alioto Mall Creep
Gary Harris Mall Creep
Sally Schuab Saleslady
Michael Vaughn Leroy
William Desmond Laura's Dad
Rob Blair Beach Boy
Edgar Kahn Beach Boy
Spenser Mains Eddie's Friend
Margaret Welsh Laura

Technical Credits
Joyce Chopra Director
Tom Cole Screenwriter
Patrick Dodd Editor
James Glennon Cinematographer
Robert Joyce Set Decoration/Design
Russ Kunkel Score Composer
Lidsay Law Producer
Timothy Marx Producer
George Massenburg Score Composer
Natalie Mucyn Makeup
Carol Oditz Costumes/Costume Designer
Bill Payne Score Composer
Rocky Capella Stunts
Martin Rosen Producer
James Taylor Musical Direction/Supervision
David Wasco Production Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Smooth Talk
1. Chapter 1 [13:05]
2. Chapter 2 [9:56]
3. Chapter 3 [9:49]
4. Chapter 4 [12:55]
5. Chapter 5 [11:01]
6. Chapter 6 [10:55]
7. Chapter 7 [12:27]
8. Chapter 8 [11:36]
9. Chapter 9 [:11]

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