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Little Murders is a 1971 black comedy film starring Elliott Gould and Marcia Rodd about a girl (Rodd) who brings home her boyfriend (Gould) to meet her parents amidst a series of random shootings, garbage strikes and electrical outages ravaging the neighborhood and the family's severe dysfunction.

The film originated as a play written by cartoonist Jules Feiffer which he attempted to stage in New York City in 1967 but it lasted only seven performances. He made another attempt, this time at the Royal Shakespeare Company, directed by Christopher Morahan at the Aldwych Theatremarker in London, which was much more successful. Feiffer brought the play back to the United States in 1969 where it was performed at the Circle in the Squaremarker in New York City with a cast that included Linda Lavin, Vincent Gardenia, Elliott Gould, Donald Sutherland, and David Steinberg.

Elliott Gould bought the film rights and co-produced the movie with Jack Brodsky, who received the producer credit. When Jules Feiffer adapted the play for film he added new scenes, including the one with John Randolph and Doris Roberts as the Gould character's parents.

The film opened to a lukewarm review by Roger Greenspan, and a more positive one by Vincent Canby in the New York Times. Roger Ebert's review in the Chicago Sun Times was more enthusiastic, saying, "One of the reasons it works, and is indeed a definitive reflection of America's darker moods, is that it breaks audiences down into isolated individuals, vulnerable and uncertain.".


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