Grace Quigley
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Directed byAnthony Harvey
Written byA. Martin Zweiback
Produced byYoram Globus
Menahem Golan
StarringKatharine Hepburn
Nick Nolte
CinematographyLarry Pizer
Edited byRobert Reitano
Music byJohn Addison
Distributed byThe Cannon Group, Inc.
Release date
  • May 17, 1985 (1985-05-17)
Running time
102 minutes (premiere)
87 minutes (theatrical)
94 minutes (revised cut)
CountryUnited States
Budget$5 million[1]

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 film for the big screen, as well as the last appearance, stage or otherwise, of Walter Abel.


The plot centers on Grace, an elderly widow who lives alone in a dreary New York City apartment. She has twice tried and failed to commit suicide, so she decides to hire Seymour, a hit man, 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.



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.[2]


  1. ^ "Nick Nolte Far From Down, Out" by Glenn Lovell, Orlando Sentinel April 29, 1987 accessed 6 February 2015
  2. ^ Honeycutt, Kirk (July 2, 2003), Critic's notebook: Hepburn's hidden finale, The Hollywood Reporter.