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They All Laughed (1981)

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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Peter Bogdanovich
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Audrey Hepburn ... Angela Niotes
Ben Gazzara ... John Russo
Patti Hansen ... Sam (Deborah Wilson)
John Ritter ... Charles Rutledge
Dorothy Stratten ... Dolores Martin
Blaine Novak ... Arthur Brodsky
Linda MacEwen Linda MacEwen ... Amy Lester
George Morfogen George Morfogen ... Leon Leondopolous
Colleen Camp ... Christy Miller
Sean Hepburn Ferrer ... Jose (as Sean Ferrer)
Glenn Scarpelli ... Michael Niotes
Vassili Lambrinos Vassili Lambrinos ... Stavros Niotes
Antonia Bogdanovich ... Stefania Russo
Sashy Bogdanovich Sashy Bogdanovich ... Georgina Russo (as Alexandra Bogdanovich)
Sheila Stodden Sheila Stodden ... Barbara Jo
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Storyline

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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Starring Dorothy Stratten in her last film role. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 March 1982 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Peter Bogdanovich's They All Laughed See more »

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Budget:

$8,600,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The film's soundtrack features one song sung by Benny Goodman, two songs sung by Waylon Jennings, two songs sung by Louis Armstrong, three songs sung by Johnny Cash, and four songs sung by Frank Sinatra. Director Peter Bogdanovich said that Sinatra did the production a huge favor by only charging $5,000 for the full use of "You and Me", "More than You Know", "New York, New York", and "They All Laughed". See more »

Quotes

Christy Miller: What do you think of these Charles?
Charles Rutledge: Christy, where did you get those? Those are very unattractive shoes.
Christy Miller: Well I hate them, Honey. I thought you liked them.
Charles Rutledge: No, I was referring to these boots. Here try those on.
Christy Miller: Anything you say Charles. I've got to get out of this dress. It does absolutely nothing for me.
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We thank the people of Manhattan, on whose island this picture was filmed. See more »


Soundtracks

New York, New York
Written by Fred Ebb (uncredited) and John Kander (uncredited)
Performed by Frank Sinatra
Courtesy of Reprise Records
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First take and second take, same impression--a sloppy, slim movie
17 April 2010 | by secondtakeSee all my reviews

They All Laughed (1981)

Peter Bogdanovich had directed two real classics of 1970s American Cinema before this one, The Last Picture Show and Paper Moon. Both are heartfelt, somewhat romanticized, and sensitive movies. That's all I knew of him before seeing They All Laughed, and I was surprised at the choppy, slight, throwaway quality to it all. The acting varies hugely from John Ritter being vaguely comic to Audrey Hepburn (yes!) being vaguely Audrey Hepburn. Ritter is used too much and Hepburn not enough. Ben Gazzara can be terrific but here he is supposed to be the stellar ladies man, cool and profound and worldly, and he doesn't pull it off, which becomes an embarrassment. Add some minor characters really struggling, and you begin to think it isn't the acting, but the directing, that keeps it from taking off.

There are several layered plots at work here, and the stuttered construction might have held water with more pieces intact. But more to the point might be the basic premise of the plot or plots. There is genuine adolescent girl watching (and drooling), there is an adult love affair that doesn't quite make sense, there is a crime or two at work behind the scenes (and taxis and helicopters and such). It's cobbled together and filmed rather routinely and in general leaves you feeling disoriented and sorry you got involved. Yeah, that disappointing.


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