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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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Mrs. 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)  »

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Kis gyilkosságok  »

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$1,340,000 (estimated)
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The film is opened out considerably from the play which took place entirely within Patsy's apartment. See more »

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Patsy Newquist: Now, I'm not saying that I'm any better or stronger than you are. It's just, we... you and I have different temperaments. And my temperament is better and stronger than yours!
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Referenced in Remington Steele: Breath of Steele (1984) See more »

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Skating in Central Park
Written by John Lewis
Performed by the Modern Jazz Quartet
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Hilarious...but not a comedy...
6 November 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Exact rating: 8.25

The pulse of this movie is subversive and menacing, and even though there are many, many great laughs, I think the classification of it as a comedy is wrong. It never feels like a comedy. In terms of tone, it is something like the pilot for Twin Peaks and a Mamet play and an Odets play, but with some strange off off off off Broadway claustrophobia and seventies nihilistic horror. It displays a collapsed and paranoid urban environment in which people are combative with words and isolated by them.

I feel it should be essential viewing for any writer, as it contains four of the best-- if not the actual four best-- monologues I've ever heard in a movie. Arkin and Sutherland have amazing monologues that are only marginally upstaged by those given by Gould and Jacobi.

I laughed many, many times (as did many people in the sold out screening I attended), but when it ended, the haunting and thoughtful core of the movie lingered more than did the comedy.

A rich and allegorical piece that deserves serious study and accolades.

(I saw a 35mm print of the movie at Film Forum, N.Y.)


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