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Little Murders

  • Comedy
  • Crime/detective
  • 1971
  • Alan Arkin
  • 107 mins
  • X

Summary

Black comedy starring Elliott Gould and Marcia Rodd. In New York City, eccentric photographer Alfred Chamberlain encounters idealistic Patsy Newquist when they are both mugged outside her apartment. Despite his lack of interest in her ordeal, Patsy is attracted to Alfred and begins to transform him into a suitable husband.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

Satiric cartoonist Jules Feiffer adapted his play for the screen under the direction of actor Alan Arkin. Elliott Gould (who also co-produced) plays a young photographer who specialises in taking pictures of excrement (anticipating the artistic ventures of Gilbert and George by several years). As a hardened New Yorker he's blithely unconcerned about crime and violence - even when he's the victim. Into this life of apathy comes optimist Marcia Rodd who thinks he will make ideal husband material. This black comedy of Manhattan manners hasn't dated - if anything its chilling view of alienation and arbitrary violence is more relevant than when it was made. A wonderful cast, including Vincent Gardenia, Donald Sutherland (as a hippy judge) and Arkin himself make this little-known, but thought-provoking film, worth seeking out.

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Credits

Cast

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Alfred ChamberlainElliott Gould
Patsy NewquistMarcia Rodd
Mr NewquistVincent Gardenia
Mrs NewquistElizabeth Wilson
KennyJon Korkes
Mr ChamberlainJohn Randolph
Mrs ChamberlainDoris Roberts
MinisterDonald Sutherland
JudgeLou Jacobi
DetectiveAlan Arkin

Crew

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DirectorAlan Arkin

Details

Theatrical distributor
20th Century Fox Film Co. Ltd
Languages
English
Available on
Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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