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They All Laughed

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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 -- ...
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Overview

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.
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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/30/2013
  • UPC: 883316792209
  • Original Release: 1981
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  • Source: Hbo Archives
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:55:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 44,798

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Audrey Hepburn Angela Niotes
Ben Gazzara John Russo
Dorothy Stratten Dolores Martin
Colleen Camp Christy Miller
John Ritter
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
Tzi Ma
Jo-El Sonnier
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, 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Movie, Great Cast, A MUST SEE!!

    It's an excellent movie. I bought it ages ago. Recently purchased as
    Christmas gift. It's sweet, funny, sad, and very entertaining. It was
    Audrey Hepburn's last movie. She looks beautiful and classy as usual.
    Everyone was waiting for Dorothy Stratten's career to skyrocket before
    the tragic ending of her life. I've always been a fan of Ben Gazzara;
    Colleen Camp;John Ritter;and ofcourse the great Ms. Hepburn. It really
    is a must see movie. You'll laugh, cry, and want that happy ending.
    I would recommend all of Audrey Hepburn's movie. Colleen Camp was really
    good in Sliver.

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