They All Laughed (1981)




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Movie Info

An odd comedy by director Peter Bogdanovich, this film follows the assignments-turned-romantic pursuits of a few detectives in the Big Apple as they each case beautiful--and married--women. Included in the cast is former Playboy playmate Dorothy Stratten who was murdered by her husband just after this film was completed.
Comedy , Romance
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20th Century Fox Film Corporation


Audrey Hepburn
as Angela Niotes
Ben Gazzara
as John Russo
John Ritter
as Charles Rutledge
Colleen Camp
as Christy Miller
Patti Hansen
as Deborah `Sam' Wilson
Dorothy Stratten
as Dolores Martin
George Morfogen
as Leon Leondopolous
Blaine Novak
as Arthur Brodsky
Linda MacEwen
as Amy Lester
Glenn Scarpelli
as Michael Niotes
Vassili Lambrinos
as Stavros Niotes
Antonia Bogdanovich
as Stefania Russo
Alexandra Bogdanovich
as Georgina Russo
Sheila Stodden
as Barbara Jo
Joyce Hyser
as Sylvia
Shaun Casey
as Laura
Earl Poole Ball
as (uncredited)
Shawn Casey
as Laura
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Critic Reviews for They All Laughed

All Critics (6)

Not much sparkle.

Full Review… | July 12, 2007
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The film is a delicately staged roundelay of intertwined pursuit.

Full Review… | October 14, 2006
Slant Magazine

Hepburn still lights up the screen in this uneven Bogdanovich comedy.

April 28, 2006
Las Vegas Review-Journal

The movie is wildly uneven, equal parts low-key romance and off-key farce, a screwball comedy played, unaccountably, at three-quarters speed.

October 12, 2001
San Francisco Examiner

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October 8, 2005
Fantastica Daily

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July 6, 2005

Audience Reviews for They All Laughed

a messy tangled web that proved to hit too close to home (& not at the box office). A real pity, it was plain campy, convoluted & pointless, considering twas Hepburn's & Stratten's last film. Speaking of campy, camp's lines were downright irritating and made me wanna walk out a coupla times -- except it was our bedroom :P The view of the NY helipads & old cabs were nice though.

Aaron Chuah
Aaron Chuah

Turns easygoing simplicity into a mundane affectation. In a way this is Bogdanovich's version of a Woody Allen romance-and-infidelity NY comedy, told in reverence for the Hollywood Golden Age. The dialogue tries to pass off a lot of sub-par shmoozing as poetry, which is a major step below the achievements of Saint Jack. If this movie is accurate, it was never more easy than in NYC c. 1981 to make instant friends, to "meet someone" on a given afternoon and to run into them the next day on the sidewalk. Characters are supposed to be preternaturally cool or elegant and every man is a smoothy or a klutzy charmer. The movie is not so much in love with women as it is in love with different types of dapperness in men and with lustfully pining for Dorothy Stratton. But there's a lot of treasure here for people who love movies, in the shots and the performances and a witty end credit sequence. All the women are good, even Colleen Camp after you get over her being directed to deliver lines like a typewriter. John Ritter, doing Bogdonavich, may be at his best. Blaine Novack is quite a character; Patti Hansen is the cab driver of every boy's dreams; and Dorothy Stratten can look like a genuine star and chew gum at the same time.

Adam Mahler
Adam Mahler

Super Reviewer


Audrey is wonderfully elegant and Dorothy Stratten glows with potential, such a waste, and while the film isn't bad it just sort of strolls along with nothing happening. Colleen Camp in what seems to be a pale imitation of the divine Madeline Kahn in What's Up, Doc? is horrible and beyond annoying, the total removal of her character would have helped enormously.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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