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Director:
Writers:
Terrence McNally (play)
Terrence McNally (screenplay)
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Release Date:
26 December 1976 (Denmark) See more »
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Tagline:
The Ritz... your key to hilarity. See more »
Plot:
On his deathbed Carmine Vespucci's father tells him to "get Proclo". With "the hit" on, Gaetano tells... See more » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Break Out The Bath Towels: The Ritz Is One Of The Best See more (25 total) »

Cast

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Jack Weston ... Gaetano Proclo

Rita Moreno ... Googie Gomez

Jerry Stiller ... Carmine Vespucci

Kaye Ballard ... Vivian Proclo

F. Murray Abraham ... Chris
Paul B. Price ... Claude

Treat Williams ... Michael Brick
John Everson ... Tiger (also as John Mark Everson) (as John Everson)
Christopher J. Brown ... Duff
Dave King ... Abe

Bessie Love ... Maurine
Tony De Santis ... Balloon Man
Ben Aris ... Patron With Bicycle
Peter Butterworth ... Patron In Chaps
Ronnie Brody ... Small Patron

John Ratzenberger ... Patron
Hal Galili ... Patron With Cigar (as Hal Gallili)
George Coulouris ... Old Man Vespucci
Leon Greene ... Muscle Bound Patron
Freddie Earlle ... Disgruntled Patron (as Freddie Earle)

Hugh Fraser ... Disc Jockey
Bart Allison ... Old Priest
Samantha Weysom ... Gilda Proclo

Richard Holmes ... Pianist
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bob Sherman ... Patron (scenes deleted)

Laurie Goode ... Hotel Guest (uncredited)

Nicholas Mele ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)

Directed by
Richard Lester 
 
Writing credits
Terrence McNally (play)

Terrence McNally (screenplay)

Produced by
Denis O'Dell .... producer
 
Original Music by
Ken Thorne 
 
Cinematography by
Paul Wilson (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
John Bloom 
 
Casting by
Mary Selway 
 
Production Design by
Philip Harrison  (as Phillip Harrison)
 
Costume Design by
Evangeline Harrison  (as Vangie Harrison)
 
Makeup Department
Colin Jamison .... hair stylist
Paul Rabiger .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Barrie Melrose .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dusty Symonds .... assistant director
Terry Madden .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Gareth Tandy .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Bill MacLaren .... construction manager
Tony Reading .... assistant art director
 
Sound Department
Roy Charman .... sound recordist
Gerry Humphreys .... sound recordist
Don Sharpe .... sound editor
Mike Tucker .... boom operator (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Colin Chilvers .... special effects
 
Stunts
Paul Weston .... stunt arranger
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Maurice Gillett .... gaffer
Bob Penn .... still photographer
Ron Robson .... camera operator
Chic Waterson .... camera operator
Stephen Smith .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Peter Boyle .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Ken Thorne .... music arranger
Ken Thorne .... music conductor
Colm Wilkinson .... singer: songs (as C.T. Wilkinson)
 
Other crew
Gordon Arnell .... publicity director
Arthur Davey .... supervising accountant
Adela Holzer .... produced on Broadway by
Ann Skinner .... continuity
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
91 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
F. Murray Abraham, Rita Moreno, Jerry Stiller, Jack Weston and Paul B. Price play the roles they created in the original Broadway production. Treat Williams replaced Stephen Collins as Brick.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): The sign advertising amateur night is misspelled "amatuer."See more »
Quotes:
Claude Perkins:[to Brick] Hey! What do you need, a brick wall to fall on your head? Resting! It's a euphemism for not interested... Skinny!See more »
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Soundtrack:
Everything's Coming Up RosesSee more »

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18 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Break Out The Bath Towels: The Ritz Is One Of The Best, 18 May 2005
Author: gftbiloxi (gftbiloxi@yahoo.com) from Biloxi, Mississippi

Chunky, quivering, middle-class ordinary Gaetano Proclo (Jack Weston) is 'married to the mob' in the form of wife Vivian (Kaye Ballard)--and his crazy brother-in-law Carmine (Jerry Stiller) hates him. Certain that Carmine is about to kill him, Gaetana hops a cab, tells the driver to take him to the last place any one would ever look for him... and suddenly finds himself hiding out in the middle of a gay bath house.

But this only the first ten or fifteen minutes of the film: there is much, much more to come, and all of it is over the top hilarious. Jack Weston, Jerry Stiller, and Kaye Ballard are perfectly cast in their roles, but would you believe F. Murray Abraham (Oscar winner for AMADEUS) as the screaming queen to end all screaming queens? How about Rita Moreno as a no-talent lounge singer who is busting a gut to become a bath-house star just like Bette Midler? Or Treat Williams as a P.I. with blonde hair and a squeaky voice? My own favorite of the bunch is Paolo Poeti as Claude, a "chubby chaser" who takes one look at Jack Weston and falls in love at first sight--and then proceeds to make his life absolute hell by chasing him all over the bath house. Before it's all over you'll find people hiding under beds, thrown into swimming pools, impersonating the Andrews Sisters, and being pursued by unwanted lovers of the wrong persuasion, all to absolutely hilarious, incredibly giddy effect.

Like most farces, THE RITZ deals in stereotypes--but it is never mean spirited in its portraits, and the cast carries off the eccentric characters (both straight and gay) with considerable aplomb. Filmed long before the AIDS crisis, THE RITZ offers a comic look at a New York gay bath house and a way of life that would soon come to a grinding halt--a fact that gives the film a certain unintended poignancy for gay viewers. Even so, you don't need any specialized background to enjoy this laugh-out-loud movie, which is as much (and really more) for a straight audience as it is for a gay one. Highly, highly recommended... call over some friends, turn up the steam heat, break out some bath towels, and get ready for a true laugh riot.

Gary F. Taylor, aka GFT, Amazon Reviewer

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