The Ultimate Solution of Grace Quigley

In this black comedy dealing with voluntary euthanasia by the Geritol set, casting Katharine Hepburn as the spry, entrepreneurial mother figure who arranges for her peers' demise and Nick Nolte as the gruff, hard-bitten and sarcastic hitman she hires, the two actors impart a light-hearted and whimsical tone to otherwise unpleasant subject matter.

With:
Katharine Hepburn Nick Nolte Elizabeth Wilson Chip Zien Kit Le Fever William Duell

In this black comedy dealing with voluntary euthanasia by the Geritol set, casting Katharine Hepburn as the spry, entrepreneurial mother figure who arranges for her peers’ demise and Nick Nolte as the gruff, hard-bitten and sarcastic hitman she hires, the two actors impart a light-hearted and whimsical tone to otherwise unpleasant subject matter.

Pic opens with Hepburn as a lonely and economically strapped pensioner who lost her immediate family in a pre-war auto accident, but who has a zestful embrace for life nonetheless. Sitting across from her apartment one day, she inadvertently witnesses Nolte put a bullet into her money-grubbing land- lord, and subsequently enlists him in her scheme to provide a ‘service’ for her aging compatriots who wish to meet the hereafter ahead of schedule.

There are some marvelous supporting performances by Elizabeth Wilson as the spinster who can’t get arrested trying to get Nolte to put her out of her misery, William Duell as the nerdy neighbor of Hepburn, and Kit Le Fever as Nolte’s girlfriend hooker.

The Ultimate Solution of Grace Quigley

Production: Cannon/Northbrook. Director Anthony Harvey; Producer Menahem Golan, Yoram Globus; Screenplay A. Martin Zweiback; Camera Larry Pizer; Editor Bob Raetano; Music John Addison

Crew: (Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1984. Running time: 102 MIN.

With: Katharine Hepburn Nick Nolte Elizabeth Wilson Chip Zien Kit Le Fever William Duell

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