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The Ritz (8-Jul-1977)

Director: Richard Lester

Writer: Terrence McNally

From a play: The Ritz by Terrence McNally

Keywords: Comedy

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
F. Murray Abraham
24-Oct-1939   Mozart's antagonist in Amadeus
Kaye Ballard
20-Nov-1926 21-Jan-2019 The Mothers-in-Law
George Coulouris
1-Oct-1903 25-Apr-1989 Watch on the Rhine
Bessie Love
10-Sep-1898 26-Apr-1986 The Broadway Melody
Rita Moreno
11-Dec-1931   West Side Story, Electric Company
John Ratzenberger
6-Apr-1947   Postman Cliff Clavin on Cheers
Jerry Stiller
8-Jun-1927   Frank Costanza on Seinfeld
Jack Weston
21-Aug-1924 3-May-1996 Wait Until Dark
Treat Williams
1-Dec-1951   Prince of the City


Review by Chaz (posted on 29-Aug-2005)

Director Dick Lester's comic (if cult) classic. In the same vein as the Marx Bros. and The Beatle's A Hard Days Night which he also directed the movie is a joyride of comedy and mid-sixties sexual morality.

Jack Weston, a garbage man from Cleveland, who know garbage men were gay (a running joke in the movie) tells his cab driver to take him to the last place on earth his crazed Italian brother-in-law would look for him.

The brother-in-law, played in a preview of his future talented roles, by Jerry Stiller is a mobster who wants to get Proclo, his garbageman brother in law, who papa never liked, and whose last wish was to get Proclo.

From their the movie takes off on a romp through a gay bath-house with Tony winner, Rita Moreno, playing the Puerto Rican singer, who gets mistaken for a drag queen.

Interspersed with gay jokes and enough silly action to keep you laughing til the last of the credits, The Ritz is a fun time for anyone with an open mind and a love of slapstick comedy.

Rounding out the cast are Kay Ballard as the long-suffering wife. Jack Weston, as Proclo, and oscar winner F. Murray Abraham all in memorable roles.

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