Martin Ritt

Martin Ritt

Highest Rated: 93% Hombre (1967)

Lowest Rated: 0% The Slugger's Wife (1985)

Birthday: Mar 2, 1914

Birthplace: Not Available

American film director Martin Ritt started out as a Broadway actor. Ritt's stage role as "Gleason" in Winged Victory brought him to Hollywood for the film version, for which the studio publicity billed him, along with the rest of the male cast, by the rank he held in the Army (Private First Class Martin Ritt). A victim of the Hollywood blacklist, Ritt's career came to a standstill in the early 1950s. He reemerged, not as an actor, but as a director for the 1956 film Edge of the City. A favorite of actor Paul Newman, Ritt directed Newman in The Long Hot Summer (1958), Paris Blues (1961), Hemingway's Adventures of a Young Man (1962), Hud (1963), The Outrage (1964) and Hombre (1967). Other Ritt-directed films of note were Pete 'n' Tillie (1972), Cross Creek (1984), Murphy's Romance (1985), and, his last film, Stanley and Iris (1990). If there doesn't seem to be a central throughline in these films it was because Ritt steadfastly refused to be typecast as a director. One project that brought him immense satisfaction was The Front (1976), a comedy-drama of the blacklist years in which Ritt worked with fellow blacklistees Martin Balsam, Zero Mostel, Joshua Shelley, Herschel Bernardi, Lloyd Gough, and screenwriter Walter Bernstein. In 1985, Ritt made a surprising but delightful return to acting in the role of an excitable baseball manager in the otherwise disposable The Slugger's Wife (1985).

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Denial Producer 1991
33% Stanley & Iris Director 1990
35% Nuts Director 1987
73% Murphy's Romance Director Executive Producer Actor Producer 1985
0% The Slugger's Wife Burly 1985
67% Cross Creek Director 1983
40% Back Roads Director 1981
88% Norma Rae Director 1979
78% Casey's Shadow Director 1978
73% The Front Producer Director 1976
50% End of the Game (Der Richter und sein Henker) (The Judge and His Hangman) Hans Baerlach 1975
67% Conrack Director Actor Producer 1974
80% Pete 'n' Tillie Director 1972
89% Sounder Director 1972
No Score Yet Awake and Sing! Actor 1972
43% The Great White Hope Director 1970
90% The Molly Maguires Producer Director 1970
75% The Brotherhood Director 1968
93% Hombre Producer Director 1967
87% The Spy Who Came In from the Cold Producer Director 1965
No Score Yet The Outrage Director 1964
82% Hud Director Producer 1963
No Score Yet Heningway's Adventures of a Young Man Director 1962
No Score Yet Hemingway's Adventures Of A Young Man Director 1962
67% Paris Blues Director 1961
No Score Yet The Sound and the Fury Director 1959
20% The Black Orchid Director 1958
89% The Long, Hot Summer Director 1958
No Score Yet No Down Payment Director 1957
No Score Yet Edge of the City Director 1957


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