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Grace Quigley (1984)

PG | | Comedy | 17 May 1985 (USA)
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 ... See full summary »

Director:

Anthony Harvey
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Katharine Hepburn ... Grace Quigley
Nick Nolte ... Seymour Flint
Kit Le Fever ... Muriel
Chip Zien ... Dr. Herman
William Duell William Duell ... Mr. Harvey Jenkins
Elizabeth Wilson ... Emily Watkins
Walter Abel ... Homer Morrison
Frances Pole Frances Pole ... Sarah Hodgkins
Truman Gaige Truman Gaige ... Sam Pincus
Paula Trueman ... Dorothy Trugert
Christopher Murney ... Max Putnam
Nicholas Kepros Nicholas Kepros ... Funeral Director
Harris Laskawy Harris Laskawy ... Mr. Argo
Carl Low Carl Low ... Old Man
Isabella Hoopes Isabella Hoopes ... Old Lady
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Storyline

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 Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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They are business partners in a most unusual undertaking...Together, they're going to make a killing. See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

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Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 May 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Ultimate Solution of Grace Quigley See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Trivia

The movie was contentious to many critics and audiences upon its original theatrical release because of its black comedy humorous light-hearted treatment of the serious and controversial subject matter of voluntary euthanasia of aged and elderly people. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Jenkins: After this party, I could never face my friends again if I were alive.
Seymour Flint: Why would a man like you, with all these friends, want to get himself killed?
Mr. Jenkins: Truth is, all my life I've really always been very shy around people. I guess I try to make up for that by making as many friends as I could. You know, doing nice little things for 'em. Well, I'm not too strong anymore and I've just about run out of money. Pretty soon I won't be able to do much of anything for anyone. I had though maybe my family ...
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Alternate Versions

The alternate cut known as the "Ultimate Solution" contains several musical differences when compared with the more widely available version. The most noticeable difference is that in the two sequence scored with The Pretenders songs, John Addison's original cues were reinstated. These scenes are when Grace gets accidentally kidnapped in Seymour's car and the final hearse chase. The end credits however still list the songs even though they are not in the picture anymore. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Death Wish 4: The Crackdown (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Sunset Serenade
(uncredited)
Music by Ray Davies
JW Media Music Ltd
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Bizarre black comedy has its moments
1 April 2000 | by aromatic-2See all my reviews

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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