The Ritz (1976)
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- Theatrical trailer
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But this only the first ten or fifteen minutes of the film: there is much, much more to come, and all of it is over the top hilarious. Jack Weston, Jerry Stiller, and Kaye Ballard are perfectly cast in their roles, but would you believe F. Murray Abraham (Oscar winner for AMADEUS) as the screaming queen to end all screaming queens? How about Rita Moreno as a no-talent lounge singer who is busting a gut to become a bath-house star just like Bette Midler? Or Treat Williams as a P.I. with blonde hair and a squeaky voice? My own favorite of the bunch is Paul B. Price as Claude, a "chubby chaser" who takes one look at Jack Weston and falls in love at first sight--and then proceeds to make his life absolute hell by chasing him all over the bath house. Before it's all over you'll find people hiding under beds, thrown into swimming pools, impersonating the Andrews Sisters, and being pursued by unwanted lovers of the wrong persuasion, all to absolutely hilarious, incredibly giddy effect.
Like most farces, THE RITZ deals in stereotypes--but it is never mean spirited in its portraits, and the cast carries off the eccentric characters (both straight and gay) with considerable aplomb.Read more ›
Look for a few scenes with John Ratzenberger - "Cliff" from the TV show "Cheers".
Vintage Featurette - You're an Actor, Jack Weston
Subtitles: English & Français (Main Feature. Bonus Material/Trailer May Not Be Subtitled.)
The list of extras come from a press release from Warner Home Video. I am somewhat disappointed that there is no commentary track for this film, though I am grateful that at last it will be available.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This movie is hilarious! It is tongue in cheek satire and I just love it. F.Murray Abraham and Rita Moreno to mention just two of the outstanding cast will keep you in hysterics.Published 24 days ago by Katzmews
I've watched this movie over and over and NEVER get tired of it! It is hysterically funny. F. Murray Abraham steals every scene he's in as Chris, an outrageous patron of The Ritz... Read morePublished 29 days ago by Paige Turner
Really bad in every way. The only time you see Treat Williams, beautifully shirtless,in his whole career, and he is, through the whole film Plus other scantily clothed beautiful... Read morePublished 2 months ago by C.Manter
This is just a bit of fluff and corny plot and dialogue, EXCEPT when Rita Moreno is on screen. She deserves the Tony Award she received for this role on Broadway but she was not... Read morePublished 2 months ago by LWS
Campy 70s production values you will love! Really captures "It" although the bathhouse concept is amazing with all that it offers… everything is there except for a grocery... Read morePublished 3 months ago by ClarityOfMind
In 1976 when I saw this film in the theater, see anything you like, resting, and the idea of an all male bath house was a foreign language. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Dan Lebryk