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Martin Ritt (I) (1914–1990)

Martin Ritt, one of the best and most sensitive American filmmakers of all time, was a director, actor, and playwright who worked in both film and theater. He was born in New York City. His films reflect like almost none other, a profound and intimate humane vision of his characters. He originally attended and played football for Elon College in ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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 1987 Nuts
 1983 Cross Creek
 1981 Back Roads
 1979 Norma Rae
 1976 The Front
 1974 Conrack
 1972 Sounder
 1967 Hombre
 1964 The Outrage
 1963 Hud
 1961 Paris Blues
 1957 The Alcoa Hour (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1953 The Plymouth Playhouse (TV Series) (1 episode)
- The Split Second (1953)
 1951 Starlight Theatre (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1950-1951 Somerset Maugham TV Theatre (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- Of Human Bondage (1951)
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Stage Play: Winged Victory. Musical drama. Written by Moss Hart. Incidental music by Sgt. David Rose. Music arranged by Sgt. David Rose. Assistant Musical Director: M/Sgt. Norman Leyden. Featuring songs by Carmen Dragon, Franz Gruber, Joseph Mohr and Robert Crawford. Assistant Lighting Design by S/Sgt. Ralph Alswang. Production Manager: ... See more »

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1 Print Biography | 1 Pictorial | See more »

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[on Sally Field] Sally is one of the best, perhaps the best, actress I've ever worked with. Her rushes on Norma Rae (1979) were so good that I found myself crying over some of the more dramatic scenes. She's simply astounding. See more »

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He began his show-business career as an apprentice actor in the last years of the celebrated Group Theater (1931-1940), the first company in America to put Konstantin Stanislavski's techniques into practice. He appeared as "Sam" and was the assistant stage manager in the 1939 debut of Clifford Odets' "Golden Boy" with John Garfield (then billed as "Julie Garfield") and two other fledgling actors ... See more »

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