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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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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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$1,340,000 (estimated)
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Jean-Luc Godard was courted to direct but he refused to attend any meetings. His reason why was "When my wife and children ask me to tell them that I love them, I tell them to go fuck themselves". (A typically elliptical quote from Godard who doesn't have any children.) See more »

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Judge Stern: My father worked fourteen hours a day in a sweatshop on lower Broadway, number three hundred and thirteen. Our first apartment was a five flight walk up, four and a half room, cold water flat with the bathtub in the kitchen and the toilet down the hall. A hundred and forty two Hester Street. Three families used the toilet. An Italian family, a coloured family, a Jewish family. Three families with different faiths. A one thing each of those families had in common. They had in common the ...
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Skating in Central Park
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Performed by the Modern Jazz Quartet
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Sutherland, Gould and and Arkin. Need I say more?
29 June 2007 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

I asked the clerk at my local video store to suggest a comedy from the 70's on VHS as my DVD player was broken. He recommended Little Murders and got a glazed over look in his eye and an idiots smile on his face, obviously reminiscing over a scene in the film. That was enough for me to want to rent it, and I'm glad I did. The acting in this film is outstanding, the highlight for me was Alan Arkin playing a Dr. Strangelove esquire police officer and of course the scene with Donald Sutherland as the minister. The film holds up remarkably well for having been filmed over 35 years ago, it must have been ahead of it's time when it came out. Aside from a few slang terms that were definitely from a by gone era, the film could easily take place today. All in all worth the effort if for nothing else than an outstanding cast of Arkin, Sutherland and Gould. Did it get any better than that acting wise in the 1970?


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