Monday, April 15, 2013

The Ritz

1976 American Feature

Cast: Jack Weston, Rita Moreno, Jerry Stiller, Kaye Ballard, F. Murray Abraham, Paul B. Price, Treat Williams and Bessie Love
Director: Richard Lester
Writer: Terrence McNally, based on his play

Unsuspecting straight businessman Gaetano Proclo has taken refuge from his homicidal mobster brother-in-law in the last place he would ever look for him... a Manhattan gay bathhouse.


  • Internet Movie Database: 7.2/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 40% / Audience: 80%
  • OMG rating: 4/10

  • DVD: Available
  • Book: Available


  • BAFTA Award nomination for Best Actress (Moreno).
  • Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Motion Picture - Musical/Comedy, Actor - Musical/Comedy (Weston) and Actress - Musical/Comedy (Moreno).
  • Writers Guild of America Award nomination for Best Adapted Comedy.

  • The play The Ritz premiered on Broadway in 1975. Its first Broadway revival, in 1983, closed after one night; it featured gay porn star Casey Donovan and Warhol superstar Holly Woodlawn in the cast.  More successful was the 2007 Broadway revival, which was directed by Joe Mantello and starred Kevin Chamberlin, Rosie Perez, Patrick Kerr, Seth Rudetsky and gay porn star Ryan Idol.
  • Original Broadway cast members Jack Weston, Rita Moreno (who won a Tony Award for her performance as Googie Gomez), Jerry Stiller, F. Murray Abraham and Paul B. Price reprised their roles in the film.
  • Film debut of John Ratzenberger.

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