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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?


Star Elliott Gould starred in the original 1967 Broadway production of "Little Murders", which flopped after one week of seven performances in late April at the Broadhurst Theatre. Gould was the only cast member to appear in the film, reprising his role as Alfred Chamberlain. The Broadway cast included Barbara Cook as Alfred's girlfriend and future wife Patsy Newquist, Heywood Hale Broun as her father Carol Newquist, Ruth White as her mother Marjorie, and David Steinberg as her brother Kenny. Phil Leeds appeared as Lt. Practice and Richard Schaal was Rev. Dupas. Alfred's parents did not appear as characters in the original play. 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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The kind of film you won't see everyday
11 February 2000 | by (France) – See all my reviews

A black comedy in every sense of the word. It's too bad that Alan Arkin doesn't direct more movies because he really scored with this one. It's a movie that still seems so fresh today because of its storyline, even after close to 30 years. It was pertinent back then and even more so today. It's great to see appearances here by Arkin and Donald Sutherland, and it's one of Elliott Gould's best roles.

Keep on the lookout for this in your late night t.v. schedule. It's really worth seeing again (and especially if you haven't seen it yet).

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