7.7/10
1,813
28 user 21 critic

The Ritz (1976)

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 »

Director:

Writers:

(play), (screenplay)
Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC
Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Romance | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A tiny country persuades the Americans and Soviets that they're starting a space program, when they really just want some money for new plumbing.

Director: Richard Lester
Stars: Margaret Rutherford, Ron Moody, Bernard Cribbins
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

George lives with her lover, Childie and plays a cheerful district nurse in a BBC soap opera. However, her character is to be killed off, and George realises that the only other job she can... See full summary »

Director: Robert Aldrich
Stars: Beryl Reid, Susannah York, Coral Browne
The Shout (1978)
Horror | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A traveler by the name of Crossley forces himself upon a musician and his wife in a lonely part of Devon, and uses the aboriginal magic he has learned to displace his host.

Director: Jerzy Skolimowski
Stars: Alan Bates, Susannah York, John Hurt
Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A wily slave must unite a virgin courtesan and his young smitten master to earn his freedom.

Director: Richard Lester
Stars: Zero Mostel, Phil Silvers, Buster Keaton
Mystery | Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

In a Manhattan psychiatric hospital a man, convinced he is Sherlock Holmes, is treated by a female doctor who happens to be named Watson.

Director: Anthony Harvey
Stars: George C. Scott, Joanne Woodward, Jack Gilford
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Tom Lee is a sensitive boy of 17 whose lack of interest in the "manly" pursuits of sports, mountain climbing and girls labels him "sister-boy" at the college he is attending. Head master ... See full summary »

Director: Vincente Minnelli
Stars: Deborah Kerr, John Kerr, Leif Erickson
The Loved One (1965)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Satire on the funeral business, in which a young British poet goes to work at a Hollywood cemetery.

Director: Tony Richardson
Stars: Robert Morse, Jonathan Winters, Anjanette Comer
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A mischievous, adventuresome fourteen-year-old girl and her best friend begin following an eccentric concert pianist around New York City after she develops a crush on him.

Director: George Roy Hill
Stars: Peter Sellers, Tippy Walker, Merrie Spaeth
A Little Lust (2015)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

First film directed by Veronica Pivetti. The theme of the film is bullying and homophobia of a teenager at school.

Director: Veronica Pivetti
Stars: Andrea Amato, Pia Engleberth, Corrado Invernizzi
Royal Flash (1975)
Adventure | Comedy | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Ne'er-do-well Harry Flashman is coerced by Otto von Bismark into impersonating a prince.

Director: Richard Lester
Stars: Malcolm McDowell, Alan Bates, Florinda Bolkan
The Stooge (1951)
Comedy | Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Egotistical vaudevillian Bill Miller basks in the limelight with his successful musical-comedy act, but his success is due to his unheralded second banana.

Director: Norman Taurog
Stars: Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Polly Bergen
Adventure | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

To treat his friend's cocaine induced delusions, Watson lures Sherlock Holmes to Sigmund Freud.

Director: Herbert Ross
Stars: Alan Arkin, Vanessa Redgrave, Robert Duvall
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
Paul B. Price ...
...
John Everson ...
Tiger (as John Everson) (as John Mark Everson)
Christopher J. Brown ...
Dave King ...
Abe
...
...
Balloon Man
Ben Aris ...
Patron With Bicycle
Peter Butterworth ...
Ronnie Brody ...
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The Ritz... your key to hilarity. See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

| | |

Release Date:

26 December 1976 (Denmark)  »

Also Known As:

A Sauna das Loucas  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

,  »
Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

In one scene Chris is seen running away, he runs straight into the door frame hitting his head.. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Gaetano Proclo: My, what unusual pants. They look like cowboy chaps.
Patron In Chaps: [fixing Gaetano with an intense stare and spoken in a rich, deep voice] They are cowboy chaps.
Gaetano Proclo: [nervously] That's what I was thinking. They look like cowboy chaps.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Can't Stop the Music (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Lady of Spain
(uncredited)
Written by Tolchard Evans
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Funny, excellent, poignant
17 September 2005 | by See all my reviews

First seen in 1976 as a trailer to main movie, it proved to be one of the most memorable films I have ever seen.

Much of its commentary is starkly relevant today. Rita Morino was so outrageous, her lines have stayed in my head all these years!!

It (somewhat sarcastically)challenged the stereotypes of gays, drag queens, Italian families, and societal values/conceptions in general.

Each actor plays their part to a tee......so very convincingly. This is a comedy classic.

A funny, pleasing film which, without offending, leaves one feeling good about themselves - gay and straight alike.


5 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?
Review this title | See all 28 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

'Star Wars' Creatures We Love

"The IMDb Show" breaks down the origins of some iconic Star Wars creatures. Plus, legendary sword choreographer Tim Weske explains the basics of lightsaber combat.

Watch now