Grace Quigley (The Ultimate Solution of Grace Quigley)

1985

Grace Quigley (The Ultimate Solution of Grace Quigley)

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When first released as Grace Quigley, this odd little black comedy proved too fey and quirky even for the most devoted fans of Katharine Hepburn. The star plays the title character, an old, worn-out woman with nothing to live for. Accordingly, she hires professional assassin Seymour Flint (Nick Nolte) to kill her, albeit gently. As she ponders the prospect of a peaceful death as opposed to a miserable life, Grace convinces Seymour to murder not only herself, but all other poor souls who have grown tired of life. As it turns out, there are several people who'd be willing to pay for this "courtesy," and soon Grace and Seymour, together with his ditsy girlfriend Muriel (Kit Le Fever), are conducting a land-office business! Entered into competition at the 1984 Cannes Film Festival, Grace Quigley made no impression whatsoever. Screenwriter A. Martin Zweibeck withdrew the film, recut it to his satisfaction, and reissued it as The Ultimate Solution of Grace Quigley. Though this version was a marked improvement over the original, the film was still not quite the Harold and Maude-like "cult favorite" that everyone hoped it would be.

Cast

Katharine Hepburn
as Grace Quigley
Nick Nolte
as Seymour Flint
Chip Zien
as Dr. Herman
Elizabeth Wilson
as Emily Watkins
William Duell
as Mr. Jenkins
Truman Gaige
as Sam Pincus
Frances Pole
as Sarah Hodgkins
Paula Trueman
as Dorothy Truger
William Cain
as George Quigley
Ed Marshall
as Reverend
Nicholas Kepros
as Funeral Director
Carl Low
as Old Man
Dortha Duckworth
as Lady Applicant
Harlan Cary Poe
as Hearse Driver
Joyce Worsley
as Party Guest No. 2
Jerome Collamore
as Party Guest No. 4
Luis Antonio Ramos
as Flower Vendor
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  • Feb 24, 2015
    Oddball drama with dark comic overtones. For the Kate Hepburn completist only.
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