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The Ritz (1976)

On his deathbed, Carmine Vespucci's mobster father tells him to "get Proclo" - Carmine's brother-in-law Gaetano. With "the hit" on, Gaetano tells a cab driver to take him where Carmine ... See full summary »

Director:

Richard Lester

Writers:

Terrence McNally (screenplay by), Terrence McNally (based upon the play by)
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Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Weston ... Gaetano Proclo
Rita Moreno ... Googie Gomez
Jerry Stiller ... Carmine Vespucci
Kaye Ballard ... Vivian Proclo
F. Murray Abraham ... Chris
Paul B. Price Paul B. Price ... Claude
Treat Williams ... Michael Brick
John Everson John Everson ... Tiger
Christopher J. Brown Christopher J. Brown ... Duff
Dave King ... Abe
Bessie Love ... Maurine
Tony De Santis ... Balloon Man
Ben Aris Ben Aris ... Patron With Bicycle
Peter Butterworth ... Patron In Chaps
Ronnie Brody ... Small Patron
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On his deathbed, Carmine Vespucci's mobster father tells him to "get Proclo" - Carmine's brother-in-law Gaetano. 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" Claude and by entertainer Googie Gomez, who believes him to be a Broadway producer. His guides and protectors 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 Gaetano at the Ritz, as does his wife Vivian, but family secrets come out. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Hiding out from the Mafia can be an awful drag! See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

"The Ritz" opened on Broadway on January 20, 1975 at the Longacre Theatre , and closed after 398 performances and ten previews.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, and Dave King replaced George Dzundza as Abe Lefkowitz. See more »

Goofs

When the patron with bicycle is signing the register, Abe turns to unlock his locker twice. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Carmine Vespucci: Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen. Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women.
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Alternate Versions

CBS edited 5 minutes from this film for its 1982 network television premiere. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Big Box: Christmas Evil (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries
(uncredited)
Music by Ray Henderson
Lyrics by Buddy G. DeSylva and Lew Brown
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laff riot
5 March 2004 | by rupieSee all my reviews

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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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Italian | Spanish | Portuguese

Release Date:

26 December 1976 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

The Ritz See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Courtyard Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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