They All Laughed

They All Laughed

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Director: Peter Bogdanovich

Cast: Audrey Hepburn, Ben Gazzara, Dorothy Stratten

     
 

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Peter Bogdanovich wrote and directed this quirky romantic comedy that was shelved by Twentieth Century-Fox for a year, until Bogdanovich purchased the film from Fox and tried to distribute it himself, with limited success. Suave John Russo (Ben Gazzara), inept Charles Rutledge (John Ritter), and hip Arthur Brodsky (Blaine Novak) all work for a detective agency, where… See more details below

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Peter Bogdanovich wrote and directed this quirky romantic comedy that was shelved by Twentieth Century-Fox for a year, until Bogdanovich purchased the film from Fox and tried to distribute it himself, with limited success. Suave John Russo (Ben Gazzara), inept Charles Rutledge (John Ritter), and hip Arthur Brodsky (Blaine Novak) all work for a detective agency, where they are assigned to follow a trio of beautiful women -- Angela Niotes (Audrey Hepburn), Deborah Wilson (Patti Hansen) and Dolores Martin (Dorothy Stratten) -- whom their husbands think are cheating on them. Soon the three detectives all become romantically involved with the women they are trailing. In a real life scenario that overshadowed the film itself, Bogdanovich was having an affair with Dorothy Stratten during the production and they were being followed by a detective hired by her husband Paul Snider, who as a result ended up murdering his wife and himself.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Dismissed by critics at the time of its release -- sometimes quite harshly -- They All Laughed is actually a moderately engaging romantic comedy. It doesn't succeed at being the witty, sophisticated, breezy sex comedy that it wants to be, but it provides a decent amount of lighthearted entertainment. The screenplay is the culprit here; Peter Bogdanovich doesn't really seem to know where the story is going, allowing it to meander all around the screen without ever arriving at its destination. Since he's the director as well as the writer, there's no one to force him to correct this major flaw -- and Bogdanovich's direction is only slightly more focused than his writing here, resulting in a film that moves in fits and starts. The (mostly) talented cast is not really used to their best advantage, with only Colleen Camp scoring a decisive hit, but they do provide the film with its biggest asset. It's always a treat to see Audrey Hepburn, Ben Gazzara has some good moments, and Dorothy Stratten and Patti Hansen are certainly easy on the eyes; only John Ritter fails to make a decent impression, overdoing his slapstick shtick to poor effect. Spending time with this group of people will be enough to keep most viewers smiling, if not laughing, throughout most of They All Laughed.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/30/2013
UPC:
0883316792209
Original Release:
1981
Rating:
PG
Source:
Hbo Archives
Time:
1:55:00
Sales rank:
15,177

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Audrey Hepburn Angela Niotes
Ben Gazzara John Russo
Dorothy Stratten Dolores Martin
Colleen Camp Christy Miller
John Ritter Actor
Patti Hansen Deborah "Sam" Wilson
George Morfogen Leon Leondopolous
Blaine Novak Arthur Brodsky
Sean Ferrer Jose
Linda MacEwen Amy Lester
Glenn Scarpelli Michael Niotes
Vassili Lambrinos Stavros Niotes
Antonia Bogdanovich Stefania Russo
Alexandra Bogdanovich Georgina Russo
Earl Poole Ball Actor
Tzi Ma Actor
Jo-El Sonnier Actor
Sheila Stodden Barbara Jo
Lisa Dunsheath Tulips
Joyce Hyser Sylvia
Elizabeth Peña Rita
Shawn Casey Laura

Technical Credits
Peter Bogdanovich Director,Producer,Screenwriter
William Carruth Editor
Douglas Dilge Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Peggy Farrell Costumes/Costume Designer
Mel Metcalfe Sound/Sound Designer
Mike Moder Executive Producer
George Morfogen Producer
Robby Müller Cinematographer
Blaine Novak Producer
Russell Schwartz Producer
Mickey Scott Makeup
Richard Tyler Sound/Sound Designer
Scott Vickrey Editor
Ray West Sound/Sound Designer

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