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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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Alfred Chamberlain
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Patsy Newquist
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Mr. Newquist
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Kenny Newquist
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Mr. Chamberlain
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Mrs. Chamberlain
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Judge Stern
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Rev. Dupas
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Lt. Practice
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Storyline

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>

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Funny in a new and frightening way !

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9 February 1971 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Kis gyilkosságok  »

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Budget:

$1,340,000 (estimated)
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Alan Arkin had directed the play in its original Broadway run so was one of the more natural choices to direct the film version. See more »

Quotes

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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Skating in Central Park
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Performed by the Modern Jazz Quartet
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Is it to late for this movie to have a cult following?
24 November 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I just watched this film because my dad recommended it as a movie he

remember as being funny…mabey. I was skeptical at the beginning, I thought to myself a dated film with an absurd summery on the back. The only reason I sat and watched it was the list of actors, Sutherland and Gould. I was immediately enthralled. I have been a fan of Terry Gilliam films for a long time and to see a film that can achieve his insanity and social messages with out the elaborate sets and costumes Gilliam uses is astounding. The acting is superb, there is no other word that can encapsulate these performances. Every character is riveting until the end. The monologues given are thought provoking to say the least. My original thought that this film was dated could not be farther from the truth, I was in fact surprised by the connections that can be drawn to our modern times. I am surprised that this film did not receive more praise. It is also disappointing that the other Alan Arkin films were given less than glowing reviews. The only question I have is: is it to late to have a cult following for this movie? Anyone else in?


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