7.1/10
2,186
41 user 24 critic

Little Murders (1971)

Pitch black comedy about a young nihilistic New Yorker coping with pervasive urban violence, obscene phone calls, rusty water pipes, electrical blackouts, paranoia and ethnic-racial conflict during a typical summer of the 1970s.

Director:

Alan Arkin

Writers:

Jules Feiffer, Jules Feiffer (based on the play by: "Little Murders")
Reviews
1 nomination. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Certificate: AL Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Benny and his wife Ruthie a getting set to drive down to Florida, but Benny needs someone to look after his store while he's gone. Though he doesn't think much of him, Benny hands the ... See full summary »

Director: Alan Arkin
Stars: Alan Arkin, Rob Reiner, Vincent Gardenia
Certificate: 14 Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

From the Pullizer Prize winning play by Paul Zindel, this is the story of Beatrice Hunsdorfer and her daughters, Ruth and Matilda. A middle-aged widowed eccentric, Beatrice is looking for ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Newman
Stars: Joanne Woodward, Nell Potts, Roberta Wallach
Kleine Morde (2012)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
Director: Adnan Köse
Stars: Paul Falk, Uwe Ochsenknecht, Ann-Kathrin Kramer
S*P*Y*S (1974)
Certificate: 12 Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

Two spies end up being chased by the C.I.A., The K.G.B., and a group of anarchists after a botched mission invoked an unwritten "corpse for a corpse" pact.

Director: Irvin Kershner
Stars: Donald Sutherland, Elliott Gould, Zouzou
Certificate: 18 Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

A young surgeon becomes bored with his wife and family, he has a very successful career, but even with having so much in life, he feels empty and goes through a series of brief and meaningless relations with attractive women.

Director: Mel Stuart
Stars: Elliott Gould, Brenda Vaccaro, Angel Tompkins
Absolution (1978)
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

At a Catholic public school, Benjamin Stanfield is tired of being the teacher's pet and decides to play a practical joke on his form master Father Goddard. In confession, Stanfield tells ... See full summary »

Director: Anthony Page
Stars: Richard Burton, Dominic Guard, David Bradley
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

When a casual gambler befriends a professional one, he begins to mirror his life, sending both deeper into the sleazy gambling world where the stakes keep getting bigger.

Director: Robert Altman
Stars: George Segal, Elliott Gould, Ann Prentiss
Who? (1974)
Mystery | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

After an American scientist is severely injured and scarred in a car crash along the border with East Germany, he is captured by East German military. The scientists use metal implants to save him. Once he's back in the States, no one can tell if it's really him, so an intelligence specialist must determine who is under the "mask".

Director: Jack Gold
Stars: Elliott Gould, Trevor Howard, Joseph Bova
Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Texan Tom Buchanan is heading back home with enough money to start his own ranch, but when he stops in the crooked town of Agry, he's robbed and framed for murder.

Director: Budd Boetticher
Stars: Randolph Scott, Craig Stevens, Barry Kelley
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

During WWII, the publisher of the isolationist New York Gazette is murdered just as he was about to change the paper's policy and support the US war effort. His friend, a small town patriotic editor, is brought in to find the culprits.

Director: Lew Landers
Stars: Guy Kibbee, Lee Tracy, Gloria Dickson
Move (1970)
Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A young playwright who writes porno novels to overcome a writer's block, lives the fantasies of one of his books, while trying to move with his wife from one apartment into a larger one.

Director: Stuart Rosenberg
Stars: Elliott Gould, Paula Prentiss, Geneviève Waïte
Popi (1969)
Certificate: 16 Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Abraham is a Puerto Rican single parent with two boys. He is becoming very worried about them living in their run down neighborhood when one day he notices that Cubans who escape are ... See full summary »

Director: Arthur Hiller
Stars: Alan Arkin, Rita Moreno, Reuben Figueroa
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Elliott Gould ... Alfred Chamberlain
Marcia Rodd ... Patsy Newquist
Vincent Gardenia ... Carol Newquist
Elizabeth Wilson ... Marge Newquist
Jon Korkes ... Kenny Newquist
John Randolph ... Mr. Chamberlain
Doris Roberts ... Mrs. Chamberlain
Lou Jacobi ... Judge Stern
Donald Sutherland ... Rev. Dupas
Alan Arkin ... Lieutenant Practice
Edit

Storyline

An idealistic girl, Patsy Newquist, saves a young photographer, Alfred Chamberlain, from a gang of hooligans. She falls for him, but he turns out to be a nihilist consumed with apathy. They hook up anyway, and she brings him home to meet her parents. All this happens against the background of random shootings that had just begun in NYC at the time the play the movie is based on was written. Her family had already lost a son, so they accept him. However, when the girl tries to change him and get him to find meaning in life, things go horribly wrong in a cruel twist of fate. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Funny in a new and frightening way !

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 February 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kleine Mörder See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$1,340,000 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Jean-Luc Godard was courted to direct but he refused to attend any meetings. His reason why was "When my wife and children ask me to tell them that I love them, I tell them to go fuck themselves". (A typically elliptical quote from Godard who doesn't have any children.) See more »

Quotes

Mr. Newquist: Why don't you call me 'Dad'?
Alfred Chamberlain: I didn't call my own father 'Dad.'
Mr. Newquist: What did you call him?
Alfred Chamberlain: I didn't call him anything. The occasion never came up.
See more »


Soundtracks

Skating In Central Park
Composed by John Lewis
Performed by The Modern Jazz Quartet
Through the courtesy of United Artists Records, Inc.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Sutherland, Gould and and Arkin. Need I say more?
29 June 2007 | by TheTwistedLiverSee all my reviews

I asked the clerk at my local video store to suggest a comedy from the 70's on VHS as my DVD player was broken. He recommended Little Murders and got a glazed over look in his eye and an idiots smile on his face, obviously reminiscing over a scene in the film. That was enough for me to want to rent it, and I'm glad I did. The acting in this film is outstanding, the highlight for me was Alan Arkin playing a Dr. Strangelove esquire police officer and of course the scene with Donald Sutherland as the minister. The film holds up remarkably well for having been filmed over 35 years ago, it must have been ahead of it's time when it came out. Aside from a few slang terms that were definitely from a by gone era, the film could easily take place today. All in all worth the effort if for nothing else than an outstanding cast of Arkin, Sutherland and Gould. Did it get any better than that acting wise in the 1970?


6 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 41 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed