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Little Murders (1971)

PG | | Comedy | 9 February 1971 (USA)
Comedy about how New Yorkers are coping with pervasive urban violence, obscene phone calls, rusty water pipes, electrical blackouts, paranoia and ethnic-racial conflict during a typical summer of the 1970s.



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Complete credited cast:
Alfred Chamberlain
Patsy Newquist
Mr. Newquist
Mrs. Newquist
Jon Korkes ...
Kenny Newquist
Mr. Chamberlain
Mrs. Chamberlain
Judge Stern
Rev. Dupas
Lt. Practice


A girl brings home her latest boyfriend to meet her parents. This is done against the background of random shootings that had just begun in NYC at the time the play was written. How the family's failings are magnified by the social confusion of the times is the crux of the plot. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Funny in a new and frightening way !




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Release Date:

9 February 1971 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Kis gyilkosságok  »

Box Office


$1,340,000 (estimated)

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Co-stars John Randolph and Doris Roberts also would later appear together in 1989's National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation as character's Clark and Ellen Griswolds' (Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo) in-laws. See more »


Patsy Newquist: Alfred, you're the first man I've ever gone to bed with where I didn't feel he was a lot more likely to get pregnant than I was!
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Referenced in Remington Steele: Breath of Steele (1984) See more »


Skating in Central Park
Written by John Lewis
Performed by the Modern Jazz Quartet
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it'll murder you with laughs
4 June 2006 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

When they were all in their heyday, Elliott Gould, Alan Arkin (who also directed) and Donald Sutherland collaborated on the over-the-top black comedy "Little Murders", in which Gould plays emotionally vacant New York photographer Alfred Chamberlain, hooking up with vivacious young Patsy Newquist (Marcia Rodd) in the midst of several hundred unsolved homicides in the Big Apple. In the process of everything, the series of events exposes the flaws in all the characters, especially Patsy's parents (Vincent Gardenia and Elizabeth Wilson).

I think that my two favorite scenes are the appearances of Sutherland and Arkin. Sutherland plays a priest who seems to be a cross between Sutherland's characters from "MASH" and "Kelly's Heroes"; Arkin plays a detective who spouts out the craziest monologue explaining why there's a conspiracy behind the murders. Overall, this is very much a New York kind of movie. I should identify that there are several very long scenes during the movie, but it's certainly not a flick that you'll forget anytime soon. Impressive.

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