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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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A New York Romance See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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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

Second theatrical film collaboration of actor Ben Gazzara and actress Audrey Hepburn after the pair had recently co-starred in Sidney Sheldon's Bloodline (1979). The two were personally romantically attached around this period between these two pictures. See more »

Quotes

Christy Miller: Well, Charles forgive me if I laugh. Ha Ha!
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We thank the people of Manhattan, on whose island this picture was filmed. See more »


Soundtracks

A Fool Such as I
Written by William Marvin Trader (uncredited)
Performed by Rodney Crowell
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records
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Uninvolving
4 March 2009 | by jayraskin1See 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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