GenreComedy ScreenplayA. Martin Zweiback Duration CountryUnited States
Release dateMay 17, 1985 (1985-05-17) CastKatharine Hepburn, Nick Nolte Similar moviesI Wonder Whos Killing Her Now? (1976)
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Grace Quigley (also titled The Ultimate Solution of Grace Quigley) is a 1985 American black comedy film starring Katharine Hepburn and Nick Nolte, produced by Yoram Globus and Menahem Golan and directed by Anthony Harvey. The film is noted for being Hepburn's last leading role in a movie for the big screen, as well as the last appearance, stage or otherwise, of Walter Abel.
The plot centers on an elderly widow (Hepburn) who lives alone in a dreary New York City apartment. She has twice tried and failed to commit suicide, so she decides to hire a hit man (Nolte) to kill her – and then, do in others like her who are old, alone and tired of living. To her way of thinking, this professional killer will be committing acts of mercy, not murder.
Katharine Hepburn as Grace Quigley
Nick Nolte as Seymour Flint
Kit Le Fever as Muriel
Chip Zien as Dr. Herman
William Duell as Mr. Jenkins
Elizabeth Wilson as Emily Watkins
Walter Abel as Homer Morrison
In addition to the version of the film originally released in 1985, two other versions are known to exist: the original cut, which premiered at the 1984 Cannes Film Festival running 102 minutes; and the alternate and re-edited version titled The Ultimate Solution of Grace Quigley, assembled by screenwriter A. Martin Zweiback, running 94 minutes. The latter version is considered superior by some critics.