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The Ritz
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Director:
Writers:
Terrence McNally (play)
Terrence McNally (screenplay)
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Release Date:
26 December 1976 (Denmark) See more »
Genre:
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:
Great Fun See more (24 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:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
John Ratzenberger's movie debut.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Carmine first calls Claude from backstage, Claude's wig is pulled forward. When he says, "Fashionable," the wig is far back on his head in the close-up. When it returns to the long shot, the wig is forward again.See more »
Quotes:
Abe Lefkowitz:People like you think the whole world is queer.
Chris:Well, it's lucky for people like you it is.
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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Life is Just a Bowl of CherriesSee more »

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10 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Great Fun, 14 March 2006
Author: grantch from United States

Why is this great comedy not available in the US? When I checked the listings, it's only on a PAL VHS tape ... I can view other region DVDs on my computer, but have no way of viewing PAL VHS. This movie which I saw several times when it was new, is one of the funniest films you'll ever see. It's based on a Broadway play but you'd never guess its source as, unlike many movies made from plays, it's not stagebound. The characters and the situation make for nonstop action and absolutely terrific one-liners. Treat Williams is indeed well named for he is a treat as the detective. You'll howl at the predicaments Jack Weston gets in. And you'll love Rita Moreno who proves to be a comedic gem. "The Ritz" is high on the list of best cinematic comedies and whoever owns the rights should release it in a wide-screen DVD version. It's sort of like a Noel Coward play updated to a "modern" bathhouse ... jokes on the screen overflow to keep the viewers happy and having a terrific time.

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