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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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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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Alan Arkin had directed the play in its Off-Broadway production in 1969 so was one of the more natural choices to direct the film version. (The 1967 Broadway production was directed by George L. Sherman.) Other people involved in Arkin's 1969 production who subsequently worked on the film were Vincent Gardenia, Jon Korkes, and Elizabeth Wilson. See more »

Quotes

Rev. Dupas: First, let me state to you, Alfred, and to you, Patricia, that of the 200 marriages I have performed, all but seven have failed. So the odds are not good.
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Skating in Central Park
Written by John Lewis
Performed by the Modern Jazz Quartet
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Seminal New York Black Comedy
8 August 1999 | by See all my reviews

Jules Feiffer's paean to NYC paranoia written in the same tone as his comic strips. Completely over-the-top and hilarious. Alan Arkin's bit is priceless. This movie puts the "funk" back in dysfunctional. This is proto-"Seinfeld" stuff, folks. Climb into the darkest fantasy of every red-blooded Gothamite.


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