They All Laughed

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A mad cap private-eye caper about a team of detectives who are following, and are being followed by, a group of beautiful women.

ACTORS :  Audrey Hepburn, Ben Gazzara, Patti Hansen

YEAR OF RELEASE :  1981

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They All Laughed 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.

Great little moments

They All Laughed is one of those little movies I am always recommending to friends seeking something out of the ordinary. It is firmly rooted in the screwball romance traditions of the past, but seems more contemporary. Even the decidedly early 80s atmosphere doesn’t date it too much. Bogdanovich wisely keeps the whole enterprise so light on its feet, that reality never brings it crashing down to earth. But, that said, this sort of sweet little movie absolutely relies on the actors to keep it going, and “TAL” is blessed with a dream cast who They All Laughed understand the requirements of this sort of tale. It is a movie that wouldn’t linger so long in the memory if it weren’t for the little moments provided by the excellent cast: Colleen Camp’s simultaneously shouting orders at John Ritter and her dog; Blaine Novak unleashing all that hair from under his hat; and especially the moment Dorothy Stratten falls for John Ritter and says, “How…weird.” It’s such a piece of fluff one doesn’t want to lay too much on it for fear of crushing it, but it is certainly does leave one with a light heart and a smile on one’s face.

 

A valentine to Audrey Hepburn

 
They All Laughed Screwball comedy about romantic mismatches in New York City. Peter Bogdanovich is obviously in love with all the women in his picture–he reveres them–yet Audrey Hepburn is (naturally) put a notch above the others because, after all, she’s the princess Bogdanovich probably fell in love with at the movies 30 years prior. He shoots her in loving close-ups, gets right in the sheets between her and a wonderfully hard-boiled/soft-boiled Ben Gazzara, and allows her room to sparkle throughout. The love-connections made in the course of the film are fast and amusing, though I did tire of John Ritter’s TV-styled klutziness. Colleen Camp, Dorothy Stratten, and the grounded, earthy-sensual Patti Hansen are all exciting to watch. But it’s really Hepburn’s valentine and she absolutely glows. They All Laughed

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