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They All Laughed (1981)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  14 August 1981 (USA)
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A mad cap private-eye caper about a team of detectives who are following, and are being followed by, a group of beautiful women.

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Angela Niotes
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John Russo
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Sam (Deborah Wilson)
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Charles Rutledge
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Dolores Martin
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Arthur Brodsky
Linda MacEwen ...
Amy Lester
George Morfogen ...
Leon Leondopolous
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Christy Miller
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Jose
Glenn Scarpelli ...
Michael Niotes
Vassili Lambrinos ...
Stavros Niotes
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Stefania Russo
Sashy Bogdanovich ...
Georgina Russo (as Alexandra Bogdanovich)
Sheila Stodden ...
Barbara Jo
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New York's Odyssey Detective Agency is hired by two different clients to follow two women suspected of infidelity. Ladies' man John Russo trails Angela Niotes, the elegant wife of a wealthy Italian industrialist, while Charles Rutledge and Arthur Brodsky follow Dolores Martin, the beautiful young wife of a jealous husband. Their respective cases are complicated when John falls for Angela, and Charles falls for Dolores. Written by filmfactsman

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Some of them promised they'd never fall in love.

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Peter Bogdanovich considered casting himself as Charles Rutledge. See more »

Quotes

Sam: You're Christy Miller, the country singer? No shit!
Christy Miller: Well' there's some dispute about that, honey, but thanks.
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Written by Billy Joe Shaver and Hillman Hall
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4 March 2009 | by (Orlando, United States) – See all my reviews

It was great to see some of my favorite stars of 30 years ago including John Ritter, Ben Gazarra and Audrey Hepburn. They looked quite wonderful. But that was it. They were not given any characters or good lines to work with. I neither understood or cared what the characters were doing.

Some of the smaller female roles were fine, Patty Henson and Colleen Camp were quite competent and confident in their small sidekick parts. They showed some talent and it is sad they didn't go on to star in more and better films. Sadly, I didn't think Dorothy Stratten got a chance to act in this her only important film role.

The film appears to have some fans, and I was very open-minded when I started watching it. I am a big Peter Bogdanovich fan and I enjoyed his last movie, "Cat's Meow" and all his early ones from "Targets" to "Nickleodeon". So, it really surprised me that I was barely able to keep awake watching this one.

It is ironic that this movie is about a detective agency where the detectives and clients get romantically involved with each other. Five years later, Bogdanovich's ex-girlfriend, Cybil Shepherd had a hit television series called "Moonlighting" stealing the story idea from Bogdanovich. Of course, there was a great difference in that the series relied on tons of witty dialogue, while this tries to make do with slapstick and a few screwball lines.

Bottom line: It ain't no "Paper Moon" and only a very pale version of "What's Up, Doc".


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