On his deathbed Carmine Vespucci's father tells him to "get Proclo". With "the hit" on, Gaetano tells a cab driver to take him where Carmine can't find him. He arrives at the Ritz, a gay ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gaetano Proclo
Googie Gomez
Carmine Vespucci
Vivian Proclo
Paul B. Price ...
Michael Brick
John Everson ...
Tiger (as John Everson) (as John Mark Everson)
Christopher J. Brown ...
Dave King ...
Balloon Man
Ben Aris ...
Patron With Bicycle
Peter Butterworth ...
Patron In Chaps
Ronnie Brody ...
Small Patron


On his deathbed Carmine Vespucci's father tells him to "get Proclo". With "the hit" on, Gaetano tells a cab driver to take him where Carmine can't find him. He arrives at the Ritz, a gay bathhouse where he is pursued amorously by "chubby chaser" Paul B. Price and by entertainer Googie Gomez who believes him to be a broadway producer. His guides through the Ritz are gatekeeper Abe, habitue Chris, and bellhop/go-go-boys Tiger and Duff. Squeaky-voiced detective Michael Brick and his employer Carmine do locate Gateano at the Ritz, as does his wife Vivian. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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The funny season begins when you check in for a night at The Ritz. See more »




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26 December 1976 (Denmark)  »

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A Sauna das Loucas  »

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John Ratzenberger's movie debut. See more »


After Chris tells Carmine that Proclo is in Claude's room, he runs away without looking where he is going and accidentally slams the side of his head into the narrow door jamb. See more »


Abe Lefkowitz: [announcing Chris's arrival] 340 coming up. That is three-four-oh. She's here, boys!
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Music by Manuel Esperón
English lyrics by Ray Gilbert
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4 January 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

THE RITZ is a zany and broadly played little farce directed by Richard Lester. It is an adaptation of a Broadway play by Terrence McNally, later acclaimed for MASTER CLASS and the hit musical THE FULL MONTY. It is set in a New York club-bath for gays. Dying gang leader George Coulouris tells his son Jerry Stiller and daughter Kaye Ballard that he wants Ballard's husband, Jack Weston, a Cleveland sanitation company owner, to be killed. That's the only plot there is. Weston tells a cabbie to take him to a place where no one will suspect he is hiding. Enter "The Ritz," a seedily elegant gay paradise with its clients that include self-mocking F.Murray Abraham, and chubby-chaser Paul B. Price. The cast is uniformly amusing, especially Rita Moreno as Google Gomez, an untalented Latin singer whom Weston mistakes for a drag queen. She frequently steals the show from everyone. Moreno got a Tony Award for her Broadway portrayal of that role. Also good is the improbably squeaky-voiced detective played by Treat Williams. Some of the resulting mayhem is very funny indeed; some stretches are more ho-hum. Nevertheless, it is a generally successful piece of entertainment regardless of one's sexual orientation.

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