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Grace Quigley (1984)

PG | | Comedy | 17 May 1985 (USA)
Grace Quigley is nearing the end of her life, living alone in her New York apartment. One day she witnesses a murder being committed by top hit-man, Seymour Flint. She decides to blackmail ... See full summary »

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Grace Quigley
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Kit Le Fever ...
Muriel
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Dr. Herman
William Duell ...
Mr. Harvey Jenkins
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Emily Watkins
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Homer Morrison
Frances Pole ...
Sarah Hodgkins
Truman Gaige ...
Sam Pincus
Paula Trueman ...
Dorothy Trugert
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Max Putnam
Nicholas Kepros ...
Funeral Director
Harris Laskawy ...
Mr. Argo
Carl Low ...
Old Man
Isabella Hoopes ...
Old Lady
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Grace Quigley is nearing the end of her life, living alone in her New York apartment. One day she witnesses a murder being committed by top hit-man, Seymour Flint. She decides to blackmail him into killing her, however, she has one or two friends he has to get rid of first. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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They are business partners in a most unusual undertaking...Together, they're going to make a killing. See more »

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17 May 1985 (USA)  »

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The Ultimate Solution of Grace Quigley  »

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The nick-name that hitman Seymour Flint (Nick Nolte) had for Grace Quigley (Katharine Hepburn) was "Ma". See more »

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Seymour Flint: I guess I can do a lot of people some good, can't I?
Grace Quigley: I told you, Seymour. Think of yourself as a doctor. A doctor saves the lives of those who want to live, you take the lives of those who want to die. Seymour, listen to me, those five people who need your services are all lovely people. They need your help and your talent to free them of their misery. Seymour, listen to me - I was a good mother, I never told any of my children to do anything wrong and I wouldn't tell you. So be a good boy, ...
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Jumpin' At The Junction
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Music by Ray Davies
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Surprisingly pointed, surprisingly funny black comedy...
1 May 2009 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Katharine Hepburn in a Cannon production? Yes, and though the color process on the photography is typically brackish and the technical aspects of "Grace Quigley" seem slapdash, this turns out to be a quirky, exceptionally funny piece about a hit-man's friendship with an elderly woman in New York. Reportedly, Hepburn and Nick Nolte clashed during filming, but you'd never suspect that from the finished returns (they have an easy rapport). The crux of the plot (that aged folks would rather die mercifully at the hands of a hired killer then live in loneliness or pain) was controversial in 1984--and still smacks of bad taste--yet director Anthony Harvey keeps the whole thing bubbling like the most genial of comedies. As for Kate, she's feisty as usual, but also delightfully daffy and loose; she's a team player. *** from ****


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