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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 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 (as John Everson) (as John Mark Everson)
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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Taglines:

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

John Ratzenberger's movie debut. See more »

Goofs

When Brick is signing the register, his left hand goes from being on the register in the close-up to under his right hand in the wide shot. His collar and Abe's pose change instantaneously as well. 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

Featured in The Big Box: The Ritz (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Lady of Spain
(uncredited)
Written by Tolchard Evans
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Laughter
5 December 2002 | by Paul_GenetSee all my reviews

There are times when a play is very successfully made into a movie, but not usually a comedy. The Lion In Winter was a very successful transformation form the stage to the big screen by James Goldman, author of both, and brother of William Goldman, a highly well thought of screenwriter. But all of that aside, if you would like to forget your troubles and simply laugh yourself into exhaustion, I highly recommend this movie.


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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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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