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Little Murders
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Director:
Writers:
Jules Feiffer (play)
Jules Feiffer (screenplay)
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Release Date:
9 February 1971 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
A girl brings home her latest boyfriend to meet her parents. This is done against the background of... See more » | Full synopsis »
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1 nomination See more »
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(11 articles)
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Twisted See more (36 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Elliott Gould ... Alfred Chamberlain

Marcia Rodd ... Patsy Newquist

Vincent Gardenia ... Mr. Newquist

Elizabeth Wilson ... Mrs. Newquist
Jon Korkes ... Kenny Newquist

John Randolph ... Mr. Chamberlain

Doris Roberts ... Mrs. Chamberlain
Lou Jacobi ... Judge Stern

Donald Sutherland ... Rev. Dupas

Alan Arkin ... Lt. Practice
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Martin Kove ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Alan Arkin 
 
Writing credits
Jules Feiffer (play)

Jules Feiffer (screenplay)

Produced by
Jack Brodsky .... producer
Burtt Harris .... associate producer
Elliott Gould .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Fred Kaz 
 
Cinematography by
Gordon Willis 
 
Film Editing by
Howard Kuperman 
 
Casting by
Vic Ramos 
 
Production Design by
Gene Rudolf 
 
Set Decoration by
Philip Smith 
 
Costume Design by
Albert Wolsky 
 
Makeup Department
John Alese .... makeup artist
Philip Leto .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Burtt Harris .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Larry Y. Albucher .... second assistant director
Peter R. Scoppa .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Stanley Cappiello .... scenic artist
Joseph M. Caracciolo .... property master
Robert H. Klatt .... set dresser
Thomas C. Tonery .... second prop
Walter Way .... constructor
 
Sound Department
Les Lazarowitz .... sound recordist
Christopher Newman .... sound
Pasquale Suraci .... boom operator
Dick Vorisek .... sound mixer (as Richard Vorisek)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael Chapman .... camera operator
Bob Penn .... still photographer: special magazine assignment
Ed Quinn .... dolly grip (as Edward Quinn)
Peter Salim .... second assistant camera
Tibor Sands .... assistant camera
Edward Tonkin .... best boy
Dusty Wallace .... chief electrician
Robert Ward .... key grip (as Bob Ward)
Josh Weiner .... still photographer
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
George Newman .... wardrobe
Marilyn Putnam .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Geraldine Fabrikant .... assistant editor
M. Edward Salier .... assistant editor (as Edward Salier)
 
Other crew
Cis Corman .... assistant to producer
Anthony Dalvieri .... production assistant
Barbara De Fina .... assistant production secretary
Pearl Lavenberg .... production secretary
Daniel Logan .... technical advisor
Eileen Peterson .... unit publicist
Peter A. Runfolo .... location coordinator
Nicholas Sgarro .... script supervisor
 

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110 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Sweden:15 | USA:PG (certificate #22727) | USA:R (original rating)

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Trivia:
After seeing the film, Jean Renoir wrote to Alan Arkin, telling him "this film will never be forgotten".See more »
Quotes:
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!See more »
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Skating in Central ParkSee more »

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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Twisted, 17 June 2008
Author: aimless-46 from Kentucky

"Little Murders" is another of the obscure films I saw at base/post theaters during my military days. It was certainly better than average and many of the images (especially the wedding scene with Donald Sutherland) have stayed with me through the years.

While I found it less funny during a recent viewing than I remembered, the message was still disturbing and contemporary. It is certainly satire and black comedy, but you often lose yourself in the story. It is a very individual film, different people will laugh at different times and at different things. During a theater viewing it seemed to isolate audience members from each other.

Jules Feiffer's screenplay is about Alfred (Elliot Gould), a NYC photographer and self- described "apathist", sort of an unengaged existentialist. He is completely disillusioned and has deadened himself to the cries, smells, sights and pains of violent city living; in a Big Apple even more adversarial than that of "The Out-Of-Towners".

Alfred can't feel much anymore but he takes an interest in Patsy (Marcia Rodd), a controlling interior decorator optimist, who wants to change him. Patsy has been able to stay upbeat and involved despite daily encounters with muggers, snipers, obscene callers, and a family that leaves a lot to be desired.

The film seems to be saying that harsh urban life cuts its people off from gentler human emotion. As an interior decorator Patsy's life is largely defined by her ability to control her possessions and the attitudes of those around her.

Patsy's father, mother and younger brother are living a painful parody of "family life," and Alfred's weirdness eventually allows him to fit right in. The dinner scene where he first meets her family is one of the funniest in film history.

The film illustrates that neither apathy nor constructive engagement are successful mechanisms for coping with the modern world. It seems to be saying that the only rational response to living in an insane environment is to vigorously participant in the insanity.

Then again, what do I know? I'm only a child.

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