The Ritz (1976)


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In this film, Gaetano Procio is a mob flunkey who's been targeted for elimination by his brother-in-law. Gaetano takes refuge in a gay bathhouse. He pretends to be gay and everything seems fine, except that the bathhouse is owned by the very mob that has put a contract on Gaetano.

Rating: R
Genre: Art House & International, Classics, Gay & Lesbian, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Terrence McNally
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 8, 2008
Warner Home Video



as Gaetano Proclo

as Googie Gomez

as Carmine Vespucci

as Vivian Proclo

as Michael Brick

as Maurine

as Sheldon Farenthold

as Patron with Bicycle

as Patron In Chaps

as Small Patron

as Patron With Cigar

as Old Man Vespucci

as Musclebound Patron

as Disgruntled Patron

as Disc Jockey

as Old Priest

as Gilda Proclo
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Critic Reviews for The Ritz

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (5)

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

OK version of the play enlivened by occasional flashes of Lester creativity.

February 3, 2005
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for The Ritz

A very funny comedy movie, with a great story and good actors. I really liked it.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

Very much a time capsule of a bygone era, everybody is enjoyably over the top but any time Rita Moreno shows up she blows everyone else off the screen in a performance of such reckless, hilarious abandon its a joy to behold.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer


On the run from his murderous brother-in-law Carmine(Jerry Stiller), Gaetano(Jack Weston) seeks refuge in the last place he would look for him, a gay bath house where Googie(Rita Moreno, fabulous in a scenery chewing performance) is singing that night. Abe(Dave King) at the front desk takes pity on Gaetano and cashes his check, thus allowing him entrance and to pay his cab driver. Now, all Gaetano has to do is stay one step ahead of Claude(Paul B. Price) who has a thing for plus-sized men.

"The Ritz" is a silly, silly movie. If your idea of comedy like mine is Treat Williams speaking with a high squeaky voice, then you will certainly find this movie funny.(This is apparently not only Williams' first big movie role but also F. Murray Abraham's. And John Ratzenberger is around here somewhere.) While considering how far gay rights have come since this movie was made in 1976, this was also ironically a celebration of a more innocent era where before AIDS one could even joke about STD's, with the Ronald Reagan reference being eerily prescient. And I had always imagined bath houses as being dingy dives...

Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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