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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:
I Never Laughed So Hard 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 (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 the patron with bicycle is signing the register, Abe turns to unlock his locker twice.See more »
Quotes:
Claude Perkins:[frequent refrain] Jelly Roll, baby! You're my Jelly Roll man!See more »
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Soundtrack:
Lady of SpainSee more »

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24 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
I Never Laughed So Hard, 5 March 2005
Author: Don Daniels from Long Island, New York

It was 1976, Tehran Iran. Terry, also American, and I were bored at work and on the spur of the moment decided to skip out and check out the Tehran Film Festival. Boy, did we have no idea what we were getting in for.

It just so happened that the next film on the bill was The Ritz. We knew nothing about it, but we hailed our driver, raced downtown to the theater, and made it in just in time.

Before long, we were rolling on the floor. Truly, we couldn't hold on to our seats, I can't speak for Terry but the tears were just pouring down my face from laughter. And what made this worse was that, in a mostly packed theater, it seemed that most of the time the two of us near the back were the only ones laughing. Oh, every once and while the Farsi sub-titles would catch-up and the rest of the theater would let out a good laugh, I guess they were having a good time, but it was amazing to us how much was being missed, even some of the visual humor.

I suppose we were both just overdo for some comic relief, but I've watched this film again through the years and it remains one of the funniest films I have ever seen. Jack Weston as the everyman-victim is perfect, as is Rita Morena as a never-quite-been, trying with varying degrees of success, to retain her dignity, her temper, and her dreams. And the rest of the cast -- who can you fault?

Yes, from the dark opening deathbed scene, to all the madcap mistakes that follow, this is farce that at times sinks almost as low as the Three Stooges, but keeps sailing from floor to floor with surprise laughs at every turn.

Some folks can't seem to get past the subject matter, I guess. But if you can find this movie, and you can open your mind beyond the lifestyle to just enjoy all the zaniness that happens, then hang on to your towel!

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