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Die Laughing (1980)

A San Francisco cab driver finds himself in possession of a monkey that is carrying a formula for turning atomic waste into a plutonium bomb. He finds himself framed for a murder and chased all over town by people trying to get the formula.

Director:

Jeff Werner

Writers:

Scott Parker (screenplay), Scott Parker (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robby Benson ... Pinsky
Linda Grovenor ... Amy
Charles Durning ... Arnold
Elsa Lanchester ... Sophie
Bud Cort ... Mueller
Rita Taggart ... Thelma
Marty Zagon Marty Zagon ... Friend
Larry Hankin ... Bock
Sam Krachmalnick Sam Krachmalnick ... Zhukov
Michael David Lee Michael David Lee ... Einstein
Peter Coyote ... Davis
Charles Fleischer ... Charlie
Charles Harwood Charles Harwood ... Marvin
Melanie Henderson ... Betty
Carel Struycken ... Gregor the Giant
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Storyline

A San Francisco cab driver finds himself in possession of a monkey that is carrying a formula for turning atomic waste into a plutonium bomb. He finds himself framed for a murder and chased all over town by people trying to get the formula.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

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As a singer, he's a killer. As a lover, he's a killer. As a killer, he's a lovely singer.


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

April 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Apinajahti See more »

Filming Locations:

San Francisco, California, USA

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The "Russian" ship in the movie was really the "Golden Bear" berthed at the California Maritime Academy in Vallejo, CA. See more »

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Referenced in Best of the Worst: Our VHS Collection (2019) See more »

Soundtracks

Shake It and Dance
Written by Hilly Michaels and Morgan Walker
Performed by Hilly Michaels
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It really is funny...
12 June 2011 | by baybooksSee all my reviews

Of course not a masterpiece, but it really is an oddball dark comedy and pretty ballsy for a teen heartthrob to make at the height of his popularity. I mean a big gag during the credits roll involves a mass murder! Soonafter a great gag involves a corpse!I saw it repeatedly at the theater as a kid & found the goofy monkey humor, sinister plot, sunny music, and weird jokes(villain doesn't like to be touched, "doing doing doing") irresistible. Seriously! If Will Ferrell made this exact same flick now it would be a monster! I've viewed it every few years since and it never fails to amuse and confound me. I'm puzzled why it hasn't come out on DVD. Robby should have stuck to comedy.


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