The Ritz

Language and/or Subtitles: English
Format: DVD 2008
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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Penn Hills Library Audio Visual DVD RIT
Location  Penn Hills Library
Collection  Audio Visual
Call Number  DVD RIT
With The Ritz, Terrence McNally's hit Broadway play of the same name is cinematized by director Richard Lester. Jack Weston plays Gaetano Proclo, a minor mob flunky who's been targeted for elimination by his brother-in-law, Carmine Vespucci (Jerry Stiller). Gaetano takes refuge in what he thinks is a Turkish bath. Actually, it's The Pits. That's the name, "The Pits" -- a gay bathhouse (this is the pre-AIDS era), where the exquisitely awful Googie Gomez (Rita Moreno) entertains the homosexual patrons with her ear-splitting renditions of such show tunes as "Everything's Coming Up Roses." Hoping to save his neck by pretending to be gay, Gaetano effusively praises Googie. Assuming that he is a big-time Broadway producer, she plays up to him. Everything would be hunky-dory, except that the bathhouse is owned by the very mob that has put a contract on Gaetano. What follows is an old-fashioned door-slamming farce, except that there are no doors to slam. The supporting cast includes Kaye Ballard, Treat Williams, George Coulouris, F. Murray Abraham, Dave King, and (as one of the patrons) a pre-Cheers John Ratzenberger. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
A tubby Ohio garbageman flees from his hit-man brother-in-law to a gay Turkish bath in Manhattan.
Additional Information
Subjects Bathhouses -- Drama.
Gay men -- Drama.
Cross-dressing -- Drama.
Murderers -- Drama.
Feature films.
Comedy films.
Film adaptations.
Publisher Burbank, CA :Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. :2008
Distributed by Warner Home Video,
Edition Widescreen.
Other Titles Ritz.
Contributors Lester, Richard, 1932-
O'Dell, Denis.
McNally, Terrence.
Weston, Jack, 1924-1996.
Moreno, Rita.
Stiller, Jerry.
Ballard, Kaye.
Abraham, F. Murray.
Williams, Treat.
Coulouris, George, 1903-1989.
King, Dave, 1929-2002.
Price, Paul B.
McNally, Terrence. Ritz.
Warner Home Video (Firm)
Warner Bros. Entertainment.
Participants/Performers Jack Weston, Rita Moreno, Jerry Stiller, Kaye Ballard, Treat Williams, F. Murray Abraham, George Coulouris, Dave King, Paul B. Price.
Other Contributors Director of photography, Paul Wilson ; editor, John Bloom ; music, Ken Thorne.
Audience MPAA rating R ; for nudity, adult situations, strong sexual content, and adult language.
Language English
English; English and French subtitles; subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing.
Notes Originally produced as a motion picture in 1976.
Based on the play by Terence McNally.
Special features include a theatrical trailer.
System Details DVD, region 1, widescreen (enhanced) presentation ; Dolby digital mono.
Description 1 videodisc (91 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 1419864416
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