Little Murders 1971

Little Murders

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Patsy (Marcia Rodd) and Alfred (Elliott Gould) meet when she rescues him from a beating on the crime-ridden streets of New York City. Patsy is immediately taken aback by Alfred's apathetic approach to life, which is in stark contrast to her ardent optimism. She pursues and ultimately marries him in the hopes of changing him. However, after a devastating and random act of violence, Alfred and his in-laws descend further into the insanity and violence surrounding them.

Cast & Crew

Elliott Gould
Alfred Chamberlain
Marcia Rodd
Patsy Newquist
Elizabeth Wilson
Mrs. Newquist
Jon Korkes
Kenny Newquist
John Randolph
Mr. Chamberlain
Doris Roberts
Mrs. Chamberlain
Lou Jacobi
Judge Stern
Alan Arkin
Lt. Practice
Jules Feiffer
Screenwriter
Fred Kaz
Original Music
Gordon Willis
Cinematographer
Gene Rudolf
Production Design
Philip Smith
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Critic Reviews for Little Murders

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Audience Reviews for Little Murders

  • May 24, 2016
    Comedy doesn't come much blacker than this adaptation of a Jules Feiffer play. Elliott Gould is a listless photographer who's so apathetic that he daydreams while being mugged. He meets an energetic optimist (Marcia Rodd, strangely forgotten today) who somehow falls in love with him and is determined to inject him with some pep. But in a city of daily escalating violence, it's hard for anyone to stay smiling for long. The characterizations are arch and hyperrealistic, and the action sustains an aggressively satirical edge. Vincent Gardenia is stellar in his typical role as a protective father with a temper, while Donald Sutherland (as a hippie preacher) and Lou Jacobi (as a God-fearing judge) add dazzling cameos and virtually steal the movie. First-time director Alan Arkin also has a scene as a frazzled detective, but sails far, far over the top.
    Eric B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 31, 2012
    Such was the depth of quality in seventies cinema that many movies of the era have been unfairly forgotten. While stars like De Niro, Pacino and Hoffmann are still lauded it's easy to forget how great Elliot Gould, Alan Arkin and Donald Sutherland were. All three feature in Arkin's directorial debut, a surreal black comedy which originally had Godard attached. Gould is great as a photographer who has lost the ability to feel and wanders through life with detachment. Marcia Rodd is the young woman obsessed with waking him from his emotional coma. Watch for Sutherland's hilarious cameo as the preacher of the "First Existential" church.
    The Movie W Super Reviewer
  • Sep 05, 2010
    This is a brilliant black comedy based on a great off Broadway play. The story is fantastic and comments on city life and the postmodern world in an outrageous way. I love this movie, and I recommend it.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Jun 20, 2009
    Entertaining. Sarcastic. Unpredictable. Hilarious.
    Rhady N Super Reviewer

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