Martin Ritt

Martin Ritt

Highest Rated: 93% Hombre (1967)

Lowest Rated: Not Available

Birthday: Mar 2, 1914

Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

In a 1987 article in The New Republic, critic Stanley Kaufman wrote that Martin Ritt "is one of the most underrated American directors, superbly competent and quietly imaginative." While his films generally revolved around moral themes and he did not develop a particular visual style, Ritt became noted as a superlative craftsman with a particular affinity for actors, stemming no doubt from his own long and distinguished performing career. Indeed, he guided a baker's dozen of performers to Oscar nominations with three (Patricia Neal and Melvyn Douglas in "Hud" 1963 and Sally Field in "Norma Rae" 1979) taking home the statue. Born and raised in NYC, Ritt had originally considered a career in law until he was persuaded by Elia Kazan to work with the Group Theater. His Broadway debut was in the Group's production of Clifford Odets' "Golden Boy," on which he also served as assistant stage manager and understudy to lead John Garfield. Over the next five years, Ritt worked steadily with them until he was called for military service in the US Army Air Force Special Forces during WWII. Utilizing his theatrical background, he appeared with the landmark stage production "Winged Victory" and made his feature acting debut in the 1944 film version of that play. After his discharge, Ritt made the move to directing with 1946's "Mr. Peebles and Mr. Hooker" at NYC's Music Box Theatre.

Highest rated movies

End of the Game
The Slugger's Wife

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
33% 48% Stanley & Iris Director $5.5M 1990
36% 71% Nuts Director,
Producer
$29.5M 1987
0% 20% The Slugger's Wife Burly DeVito (Character) - 1985
74% 75% Murphy's Romance Director $27.3M 1985
56% 74% Cross Creek Director - 1983
40% 36% Back Roads Director - 1981
90% 79% Norma Rae Director - 1979
78% 71% Casey's Shadow Director - 1978
72% 74% The Front Director,
Producer
- 1976
50% 29% End of the Game Hans Baerlach (Character) - 1976
67% 80% Conrack Director,
Producer
- 1974
80% 72% Pete 'n' Tillie Director - 1972
90% 77% Sounder Director - 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Awake and Sing! Unknown (Character) - 1972
90% 62% The Molly Maguires Director,
Producer
- 1970
43% 67% The Great White Hope Director - 1970
67% 25% The Brotherhood Director - 1968
93% 80% Hombre Director,
Producer
- 1967
89% 81% The Spy Who Came in From the Cold Director,
Producer
- 1966
No Score Yet 41% The Outrage Director - 1964
83% 89% Hud Director,
Producer
- 1963
No Score Yet 54% Adventures of a Young Man Director - 1962
67% 68% Paris Blues Director - 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Five Branded Women Director - 1960
17% 59% The Black Orchid Director - 1959
No Score Yet 43% The Sound and the Fury Director - 1959
85% 83% The Long, Hot Summer Director - 1958
No Score Yet 73% No Down Payment Director - 1957
No Score Yet 74% Edge of the City Director - 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet Winged Victory Gleason (Character) - 1944