Smooth Talk (1985)

  • Restoration
  • 1h 32m
  • USA

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. New 4K restoration undertaken by the Criterion Collection. An NYFF58 selection. A Janus Films release.


Joyce Chopra



Bonus Content

NYFF58 Talk: Smooth Talk

A conversation with Laura Dern, Joyce Chopra, and Joyce Carol Oates. Moderated by TCM host Alicia Malone.

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