Joyce Chopra

Smooth Talk

Smooth Talk

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’s celebrated short story “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?,” the narrative debut from Joyce Chopra features a revelatory breakout performance by 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, and it transforms the conventions of a coming-of-age story into something altogether more troubling and profound.

Film Info

  • Joyce Chopra
  • United States, United Kingdom
  • 1985
  • 91 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.85:1
  • English
  • Spine #1068

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

  • New, restored 4K digital transfer, supervised by director Joyce Chopra, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Conversation among Chopra, author Joyce Carol Oates, and actor Laura Dern from the 2020 New York Film Festival, moderated by Turner Classic Movies host Alicia Malone
  • New interview with Chopra
  • New conversations between Chopra and actors Treat Williams and Mary Kay Place, moderated by Malone
  • New interview with production designer David Wasco
  • KPFK Pacifica Radio interview with Chopra from 1985
  • Joyce at 34 (1972), Girls at 12 (1975), and Clorae and Albie (1975), three short films by Chopra
  • Audio reading of the 1966 Life magazine article “The Pied Piper of Tucson,” which inspired the short story by Oates
  • Trailers
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: An essay by poet and memoirist Honor Moore, a 1986 New York Times article by Oates about the adaptation, and Oates’s 1966 short story “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?”

New cover based on an original theatrical poster by Vincent Topazio

Purchase Options

Released Feb 23, 2021

Special Features

  • New, restored 4K digital transfer, supervised by director Joyce Chopra, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Conversation among Chopra, author Joyce Carol Oates, and actor Laura Dern from the 2020 New York Film Festival, moderated by Turner Classic Movies host Alicia Malone
  • New interview with Chopra
  • New conversations between Chopra and actors Treat Williams and Mary Kay Place, moderated by Malone
  • New interview with production designer David Wasco
  • KPFK Pacifica Radio interview with Chopra from 1985
  • Joyce at 34 (1972), Girls at 12 (1975), and Clorae and Albie (1975), three short films by Chopra
  • Audio reading of the 1966 Life magazine article “The Pied Piper of Tucson,” which inspired the short story by Oates
  • Trailers
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: An essay by poet and memoirist Honor Moore, a 1986 New York Times article by Oates about the adaptation, and Oates’s 1966 short story “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?”

New cover based on an original theatrical poster by Vincent Topazio

Smooth Talk
Cast
Laura Dern
Connie
Treat Williams
Arnold Friend
Mary Kay Place
Katherine
Elizabeth Berridge
June
Levon Helm
Harry
Margaret Welsh
Laura
Sarah Inglis
Jill
Credits
Director
Joyce Chopra
Producer
Martin Rosen
Screenplay by
Tom Cole
Based on “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” by
Joyce Carol Oates
Music director
James Taylor
Original music composed and produced by
Bill Payne
Russ Kunkel
George Massenburg
Associate producer
Timothy Marx
Director of photography
James Glennon
Production designer
David Wasco
Costumes
Carol Oditz
Casting
Mary Colquhoun
West Coast casting
Ann Brebner
Editor
Patrick Dodd

From The Current

Smooth Talk: Girl Power
Smooth Talk: Girl Power

A film that now plays like a harbinger of the #MeToo movement, Joyce Chopra’s first fiction feature shows how the myths that direct how girls come of age threaten their safe passage to womanhood.

By Honor Moore