|DIE LAUGHING (director: Jeff Werner; screenwriter: story by Scott Parker/ Scott Parker/Jerry Segal/Robby Benson; cinematographer: David Myers; editor: Neil Travis ; music: Craig Safan; cast: Robby Benson (Pinsky), Burt Cort (Mueller), Elsa Lanchester (Sophie), Charles Durning (Arnold), Sammuel Krachmalnick (Zhukov), Peter Coyote (Davis), Linda Grovenor (Amy), Rita Taggart (Thelma), Larry Hankin (Bock); Runtime: 108; MPAA Rating: PG; producers: Mark Canton/Robby Benson; Warner; 1980)|
|"The viewer might die watching the
movie, but it won't be from laughing."
by Dennis Schwartz
Werner ("Mario's Story"/"Kicking It"/"Cheerleaders'
Wild Weekend") directs this awkward
sophomoric black comedy misfire. The weak
story is by Scott Parker. The scattered screenplay is
by Robby Benson, Jerry Segal and Parker.
Benson is the San Francisco cabbie wrongly accused of
assassinating a famed nuclear scientist, who made a
dirty bomb. It turns out the dead scientist's chimpanzee
is a stowaway in his cab and the chimp is the only
creature who knows his master's secret nuclear
formula. Meanwhile the cabbie must dodge the police
and two dangerous Russian spies.
Cort is dreadful as the oily foreign villain.
Robby Benson is just bad as the hero. This is
the wonderful Elsa Lanchester's last movie.
viewer might die watching the movie, but it won't be
from laughing. The witless film stumbles
as it tries to revisit Hitchcock's The 39 Steps
REVIEWED ON 4/23/2016 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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