The Ritz (1976)

R  |   |  Comedy  |  26 December 1976 (Denmark)
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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 ...
Tony De Santis ...
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 <>

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26 December 1976 (Denmark)  »

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A Sauna das Loucas  »

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F. Murray Abraham, Rita Moreno, Jerry Stiller, Jack Weston, Paul B. Price, Tony De Santis, Christopher J. Brown, John Everson play the roles they created in the original Broadway production. Treat Williams replaced Stephen Collins as Brick. See more »


When Carmine's goon pretends to talk to Abe, Abe takes his earpiece receiver out of his chest pocket and holds it before him. When the camera cuts to the wide shot, it's back in his chest pocket and he takes it out again. See more »


Chris: There will be an orgy beginning in room 340 in exactly minutes! Orgy in 340! Four minutes!
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Just possibly the funniest film ever made
1 June 1999 | by (Cincinnati, Ohio) – See all my reviews

No one shows this since the advent of AIDS. That's a pity, because if it isn't the funniest movie ever made, it's awfully close. Great adaptation of the Broadway hit play, with wonderful performances by Jack Weston, Rita Moreno, Jerry Stiller, F. Murray Abraham, Paul Price, and Treat Williams. I can't praise this one highly enough.

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