The Ritz [DVD] [1976]

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  • Release Date: 01/22/2013
  • Rating: R
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100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (3 out of 3)

Synopsis


The Ritz
With The Ritz, Terrence McNally's hit Broadway play of the same name is cinematized by director Richard Lester. Jack Weston plays Gaetano Proclo, a minor mob flunky who's been targeted for elimination by his brother-in-law, Carmine Vespucci (Jerry Stiller). Gaetano takes refuge in what he thinks is a Turkish bath. Actually, it's The Pits. That's the name, "The Pits" -- a gay bathhouse (this is the pre-AIDS era), where the exquisitely awful Googie Gomez (Rita Moreno) entertains the homosexual patrons with her ear-splitting renditions of such show tunes as "Everything's Coming Up Roses." Hoping to save his neck by pretending to be gay, Gaetano effusively praises Googie. Assuming that he is a big-time Broadway producer, she plays up to him. Everything would be hunky-dory, except that the bathhouse is owned by the very mob that has put a contract on Gaetano. What follows is an old-fashioned door-slamming farce, except that there are no doors to slam. The supporting cast includes Kaye Ballard, Treat Williams, George Coulouris, F. Murray Abraham, Dave King, and (as one of the patrons) a pre-Cheers John Ratzenberger. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Jack Weston
    Jack Weston - Gaetano Proclo
  • Rita Moreno
    Rita Moreno - Googie Gomez
  • Jerry Stiller
    Jerry Stiller - Carmine Vespucci
  • Kaye Ballard
    Kaye Ballard - Vivian Proclo
  • F. Murray Abraham
    F. Murray Abraham - Chris



Customer rating

4.7
100%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Fun movie

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    NJST
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    Very funny movie, though definitely not suitable for young kids. Fascinating to see a very young and camp F. Murray Abraham before doing Amadeus (as Salieri) and Star Trek Insurrection. Good for a laugh.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great movie

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    joechimo
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    Very funny.would be hated in today's world. Sill love the characters and physical comedy.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    One of the funniest movies!

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    John
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    Funniest and campy. Rita Moreno at her best! You will love her.

    I would recommend this to a friend




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