The Ritz (film)

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The Ritz
Directed by Richard Lester
Produced by Denis O'Dell
Written by Terrence McNally (play and screenplay)
Starring Jack Weston
Rita Moreno
Jerry Stiller
Kaye Ballard
F. Murray Abraham
Paul B. Price
Treat Williams
Music by Ken Thorne
Cinematography Paul Wilson
Editing by John Bloom
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release dates August 12, 1976
Running time 91 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Ritz is a 1976 film directed by Richard Lester based on the play of the same name by Terrence McNally.

Actress Rita Moreno who had won a Tony Award for her performance as Googie Gomez in the 1975 Broadway production, and many others of the original cast like Jack Weston, Jerry Stiller, and F. Murray Abraham reprise their onstage roles in the film version.

Also in the cast were Kaye Ballard and Treat Williams. The film, Jack Weston, and Rita Moreno all received Golden Globe nominations in the comedy category. It opened to mixed to positive reviews.


The farce is set in a gay bathhouse in Manhattan, where unsuspecting heterosexual Cleveland businessman Gaetano Proclo has taken refuge from his homicidal mobster brother-in-law, Carmine Vespucci. There Gaetano stumbles across an assortment of oddball characters, including a rabid chubby chaser, go-go boys, a squeaky-voiced detective, and Googie Gomez, a third-rate Puerto Rican entertainer with visions of Broadway glory who mistakes him for a famous producer and whom he mistakes for a man in drag. Further complications arise when Gaetano's wife Vivian tracks him down and jumps to all the wrong conclusions about his sexual preferences.


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