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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
Lou Jacobi ...
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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Trivia

Elliott Gould bought the film rights to the play with a view to creating a vehicle for himself. See more »

Quotes

Patsy Newquist: And you're going to feel starting right now, is that right? I don't want a nod, I want an answer. Say, "yes, Patsy."
Alfred Chamberlain: Yes, Patsy.
Patsy Newquist: Yes, Patsy what?
Alfred Chamberlain: Yes, Patsy, I'm going to feel.
Patsy Newquist: Starting when?
Alfred Chamberlain: Starting as soon as I can manage it.
Patsy Newquist: Starting when?
Alfred Chamberlain: Starting now.
Patsy Newquist: And what's your first feeling?
Alfred Chamberlain: Er, it's sort of distant.
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Referenced in Rip Van Marlowe (2002) See more »

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Skating in Central Park
Written by John Lewis
Performed by the Modern Jazz Quartet
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Sweet like agony
4 August 2001 | by (Brooklyn, NY) – See all my reviews

Succinct yet long-winded, hilariously unsettling, this black black black comedy is delicious the first time around, coming at you like ray of light through a keyhole five rooms away. And it gets better with multiple viewings. Elliot Gould is a tousled, endearing anti-hero and Donald Sutherland gives perhaps the best screen performance EVER of an existentialist minister with a bad haircut and a fondness for the phrase `all right.' Sometimes, when my mind wanders over the film, I'll remember a scene, a line, and everything is suddenly all right. Thank GOD for this film. Now that I've found it I'll never have to watch another movie again.


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