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 ...
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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
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According to 'The Parallax Review', as "per an article in the Fall 1986 issue of 'Sightlines', the oft-repeated legend goes like this: Zweiback [A. Martin Zweiback] tossed a 25-page treatment over George Cukor's garden gate in 1972. As it happened, Katharine Hepburn was there, recuperating from surgery. The treatment was given to her, and she fell in love. With Hepburn attached, and Steve McQueen interested (thanks to Hepburn's enthusiasm), and the similarly irreverent (but vastly inferior) Harold and Maude (1971) released a year earlier, it seemed like a lock for a greenlight. But nothing in Hollywood is ever that easy. In 1979, Columbia agreed to finance the picture with Nick Nolte in the role Hepburn wanted for McQueen. Zweiback was to direct. Nolte backed out, and by the time he returned in 1983, Columbia had backed out. That's where Cannon Films came into the picture. They put up the money, but yet another thing had changed - Anthony Harvey, director of The Lion in Winter (1968) (for which Hepburn won her third Oscar), had been seriously injured in a car accident. Hepburn promised that Harvey would direct her next film - which, as circumstances would have it, turned out to be 'Grace Quigley'. Zweiback graciously stepped aside, on the condition that he and his wife would be credited as executive producers and allowed on set. But Harvey didn't want what he likely perceived as Monday-morning quarterbacking on what had become "his" film. He threatened to quit if he ever saw the Zweibacks in New York, where the film was to be shot. The Zweibacks didn't have any involvement until the film's premiere at the 1984 Cannes Film Festival, where it received unanimous negative reviews". See more »
This film has an offbeat premise, and many offbeat characters. The last theatrical release of Kate's career is neither a fitting nor typical valedictory -- and in that way, perhaps it is a fitting testimonial to Hepburn's career --- unconventional and poignant while always entertaining. Although the laughs are uneven and the subject matter may offend some, I found it entertaining and interesting.
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