Smooth Talk (1985)

  • Revivals
  • 1h 32m
  • USA
Last Chance to Rent Sep 24, 8:00 PM ET

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In her first lead role, 18-year-old Laura Dern gave one of her most stirring, layered performances in an adaptation of Joyce Carol Oates’s 1966 short story “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” She stars as Connie Wyatt, a teenager who spends her summer days moping around the house and exploring her sexuality in the Northern California suburbs. But the thrills and innocence of youth are forever shaded by the predatory behavior of an older man named Arnold Friend (Treat Williams) whom she encounters at a drive-in. Smooth Talk won the Sundance Film Festival’s Grand Jury Prize in 1986 and remains a carefully observed, shockingly powerful story of manipulation and deviance. A Janus Films release. New 4K restoration undertaken by the Criterion Collection.

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Joyce Chopra



Bonus Content

58th New York Film Festival Trailer

Preview 25 days of the best in world cinema.

Smooth Talk Intro

An introduction by Eugene Hernandez, Florence Almozini and director Joyce Chopra.

TCM presents Women Make Film

Smooth Talk sponsor TCM aims to shine a light on the remarkable contributions that women have made to film, honoring their unique talents and approach to filmmaking that have existed all along.

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