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Die Laughing (1980)

A San Francisco cab driver finds himself in possession of a monkey that is carrying a formula for turning atomic waste into a plutonium bomb. He finds himself framed for a murder and chased all over town by people trying to get the formula.

Director:

Jeff Werner

Writers:

Scott Parker (screenplay), Scott Parker (story) | 1 more credit »
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1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robby Benson ... Pinsky
Linda Grovenor ... Amy
Charles Durning ... Arnold
Elsa Lanchester ... Sophie
Bud Cort ... Mueller
Rita Taggart ... Thelma
Marty Zagon Marty Zagon ... Friend
Larry Hankin ... Bock
Sam Krachmalnick Sam Krachmalnick ... Zhukov
Michael David Lee Michael David Lee ... Einstein
Peter Coyote ... Davis
Charles Fleischer ... Charlie
Charles Harwood Charles Harwood ... Marvin
Melanie Henderson ... Betty
Carel Struycken ... Gregor the Giant
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Storyline

A San Francisco cab driver finds himself in possession of a monkey that is carrying a formula for turning atomic waste into a plutonium bomb. He finds himself framed for a murder and chased all over town by people trying to get the formula.

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As a singer, he's a killer. As a lover, he's a killer. As a killer, he's a lovely singer.


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

April 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Apinajahti See more »

Filming Locations:

San Francisco, California, USA

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Filmed concert scenes at the Club Fugazi in San Francisco. A general call for extras for the concert audience was placed in local media and several hundred people showed up. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Fade to Black (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

Far Side of a Dream
Written by Robby Benson and Jerry Segal (I)'
Performed by Robby Benson
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A Must for Benson Fans
31 October 2016 | by numbernurseSee all my reviews

I have viewed this movie twice. That does not make me an expert but honestly, Elvis made family type movies in his day, so why not Robby Benson ?? This is as good a movie as any of the Elvis movies, if not better !! There is just something magical about Robby Benson. I have read negative reviews about his acting in this movie and like what ?? So happy am I that a movie has caught Benson's cute gestures and big smile, perfect, just perfect. Don't discount Mr. Benson in any way or well, you yourself go try and make an epic movie !! Die Laughing is a good clean funny film with pretty good acting. Not a bad script. Many good support people. I am a big Bud Cort fan, so I rented this movie to see Bud Cort. Die Laughing is the first movie that Bud Cort was in after the 1979 car accident that changed his life and drained his bank account, God Bless Him. In this movie Mr. Cort is wearing his own real cast and scars. Cort performs well enough here as the mad scientist type. Being over 50 years old, I had almost forgotten about Robby Benson, but Robby was a teen heart throb back in the day and rightly so. The movie has Robby singing his heart out. Good songs, good lyrics and that Benson smile that no one else has ever had and maybe no one else ever will.


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