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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:
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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'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 »
Quotes:
Googie Gomez:I know what's going on in here, with all of you men going "Hee hee hee, boo boo boo, hah hah hah.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Unknown Peter Sellers (2000) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Life is Just a Bowl of CherriesSee more »

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13 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
laff riot, 5 March 2004

I had caught this zany gay bathouse farce years ago and remembered it during a recent discussion of the gay subculture with a gay friend of mine. I wondered if the movie would be considered offensive by/to gays. Having seen it again, I would think not, and at least one gay reviewer here agrees with me. With mistaken identities, misunderstood intentions, and straight cluelessness, it is a hilarious comic romp. All the participants put in excellent comic work here. Rita Moreno, as mentioned often here, is particularly wonderful as the hopeless but aspiring singer - the accent is a hoot. Hard to find nowadays, but definitely worth seeing.

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