|Directed by||Anthony Harvey|
|Produced by||Yoram Globus
|Written by||A. Martin Zweiback|
|Music by||John Addison|
|Edited by||Robert Reitano|
|Distributed by||The Cannon Group, Inc.|
|102 minutes (premiere)
87 minutes (theatrical)
94 minutes (revised cut)
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 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. 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.
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.
- 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
- "Nick Nolte Far From Down, Out" by Glenn Lovell, Orlando Sentinel April 29, 1987 accessed 6 February 2015
- Honeycutt, Kirk (July 2, 2003), Critic's notebook: Hepburn's hidden finale, The Hollywood Reporter.