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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?


Alan Arkin's feature film debut as a director. See more »


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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Pitch-perfect black comedy
27 July 2001 | by (Haddonfield, NJ) – See all my reviews

It doesn't get any darker than this, folks. Jules Feiffer shows off his penchant for absurdity and his mastery of the monologue (Lou Jacobi, Donald Sutherland and director Alan Arkin each get one powerhouse scene where it's basically all them with the other characters reacting). The cast is excellent and their handling of Feiffer's language is amazing. Elliot Gould's performance is particularly effective, and Vincent Gardenia as his father-in-law is hysterical.

I saw this film and then read the play it was based on, and both give off the same claustrophobic air of desperation while still being side-splittingly funny. It is definitely worth hunting down. In the words of Father Dupas, it is "all right."

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