Die Laughing (film)

Die Laughing is a 1980 American comedy-drama film released by Orion Pictures and starring Robby Benson.[1]

Die Laughing
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byJeff Werner
Produced byJon Peters
Robby Benson
Mark Canton
Screenplay byJerry Segal
Robby Benson
Scott Parker
Story byScott Parker
StarringRobby Benson
Linda Grovener
Charles Durning
Elsa Lanchester
Bud Cort
Rita Taggart
Music byRobby Benson (original songs)
Jerry Segal (lyrics)
Craig Safan (scoring)
CinematographyDavid Myers
Edited byNeil Travis
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures
Release date
  • May 23, 1980 (1980-05-23)
Running time
108 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$4,000,000


A young cab driver and aspiring singer becomes embroiled in a plot to kidnap a monkey that has memorized a scientific formula with the potential to destroy the world.


  • Robby Benson as Pinsky
  • Linda Grovenor as Amy
  • Charles Durning as Arnold
  • Elsa Lanchester as Sophie
  • Bud Cort as Mueller
  • Rita Taggart as Thelma
  • Marty Zagon as Friend
  • Larry Hankin as Bock
  • Sam Krachmalnick as Zhukov
  • Michael David Lee as Einstein
  • Peter Coyote as Davis
  • Charles Fleischer as Charlie
  • Charles Harwood as Marvin
  • Melanie Henderson as Betty
  • Carel Struycken as Gregor the Giant
  • Chuck Dorsett as Dr. Stowe
  • Morgan Upton as Record judge
  • Christopher Pray as Detective
  • John Bracci as Lt. Allen
  • James Cranna as Newscaster
  • Joe Bellan as Dispatcher
  • John Tim Burrus as Fred
  • Maurice Argent as Jewish man
  • Rhoda Gemignani as Russian ticket taker
  • Nick Outin as Ringmaster
  • Roger Johnson as Gil
  • John E. Tidwell as Ray
  • Cynthia Brian as Courtney
  • Regina Waldon as Screaming lady
  • Scott DeVenney as Contest judge
  • O-Lan Jones as Judge


  1. ^ Maslin, Janet (May 23, 1980). "Film: 'Die Laughing' With Robby Benson". The New York Times.

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