Taglines: Some of them promised they’d never fall in love.
Detective John Russo (Ben Gazzara) attempts to cheat on his girlfriend, country singer Christy Miller (Colleen Camp), with a blonde taxi driver he calls Sam (Patti Hansen), with the connivance of his colleague Arthur Brodsky (Blaine Novak). Russo has met the taxi driver en route from a meeting at which he is been assigned to follow Angela Niotes (Audrey Hepburn), wife of a European tycoon.
Detective Charles Rutledge (John Ritter) falls in love with Dolores Martin (Dorothy Stratten), whose husband has also hired him to spy on her. Charles is cautioned against this infatuation by his buddy Arthur. Feeling slighted by Russo’s infidelity, Christy throws herself at Charles, but she ultimately falls in love with Dolores’s extramarital paramour Jose (played by Sean Ferrer, who is Audrey Hepburn’s son in real life).
Russo’s pursuit of Angela leads him to fall in love with her. He is grief-stricken when her husband and she return to Europe, but the two women have arranged that Sam will take her place and nurse his broken heart. Dolores does fall for Charles and they plan to marry when her divorce is final, the only happy ending.
They All Laughed is a 1981 film directed by Peter Bogdanovich and starring Audrey Hepburn, Ben Gazzara, John Ritter, Colleen Camp, Patti Hansen, and Dorothy Stratten. The movie was based on a screenplay by Bogdanovich and Blaine Novak. It takes its name from the George and Ira Gershwin song “They All Laughed”.
A romantic comedy, They All Laughed is set in New York City, largely filmed outdoors on the streets, and tells the story of three private detectives investigating two beautiful women for infidelity. The detectives eventually wind up romantically pursuing the women, who turn the tables on them. They All Laughed is an updating of La Ronde, both in tone and theme. The film is also a candid look at love and sex in New York City in the early 1980s.
They All Laughed (1981)
Directed by: Peter Bogdanovich
Starring: Audrey Hepburn, Ben Gazzara, Patti Hansen, John Ritter, Dorothy Stratten, Blaine Novak, Linda MacEwen, George Morfogen, Colleen Camp, Antonia Bogdanovich
Screenplay by: Peter Bogdanovich, Blaine Novak
Cinematography by: Robby Müller
Film Editing by: William C. Carruth, Scott Vickrey
Costume Design by: Peggy Farrell
Set Decoration by: Joe Bird
Art Direction by: Kert Lundell
Distributed by: Moon Pictures, PSO
Release Date: August 14, 1981