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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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Comedy

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9 February 1971 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Kis gyilkosságok  »

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$1,340,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

After seeing the film, Jean Renoir wrote to Alan Arkin, telling him "this film will never be forgotten". See more »

Quotes

Alfred Chamberlain: It was after this that I began to wonder. If they're that unformidable, why bother to fight back? It's very dangerous. It's dangerous to challenge a system unless you're completely at peace with the thought that you're not going to miss it when it collapses.
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Referenced in Rip Van Marlowe (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

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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