The Ritz R

In an attempt to get away from his hit man brother-in-law, a Cleveland sanitation worker hides out in a gay bathhouse. There, a completely untalented singer performs.
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DVD-R Details

  • Rated: R
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 31 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Released: January 22, 2013
  • Originally Released: 1976
  • Label: Warner Archive Collection (MOD)

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Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 9


User Ratings: 664
Rating: 3/5 -- OK version of the play enlivened by occasional flashes of Lester creativity.
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Feb 3, 2005
Despite its flaws, Richard Lester's mise-en-scène is impeccable and his way of directing actors is traditional and effective. [Full Review in Spanish] Full Review
El Pais (Spain)
Jul 31, 2019
The actors scream, rampage, and flounce their way across the screen exactly as they did on stage, and what worked effectively within the limits of the proscenium, seems sometimes, to be simply exaggerated or hysterical when seen on the screen. Full Review
Gannett News Service
Apr 1, 2019
Rating: 4/5 -- Funny version of the Broadway show. Look for an early Treat Williams appearance.
Nolan's Pop Culture Review
Jan 1, 2005
Rating: 2.5/4 -- The Ritz never quite succeeds. Its ambition is clearly to be a screwball comedy in the tradition of the 1930s classics and such recent attempts as What's Up, Doc? and Silent Movie. But it lacks the manic pacing, and the material grows thin Full Review
Chicago Sun-Times
Oct 24, 2004
Rewatching it triggered my rediscovery of that period in film history when gay subjects were just gaining visibility and mainstream mediamakers were advancing recognition at the same time as the out-front cultural progress of disco. Full Review
Out Magazine
Mar 3, 2017
The Ritz ia hilariously funny comedy. Brilliantly written, directed and acted. Full Review
Los Angeles Free Press
Oct 29, 2019

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Rates are low, decor is rococco art deco and the clientele is...convivial. As a Cleveland sanitation company owner reasons, this New York all-male bathhouse is ideal for hiding from his murderous brother-in-law.

But what this new arrival and his fellow patrons get is an exercise in manic mayhem from director Richard Lester, bringing Terrence McNally's hit Broadway farce to spicy screen life. Adding more spice are five cast members of the stage original: Jack Weston, Jerry Stiller, F. Murray Abraham, Paul B. Price and especially Rita Moreno as clueless Googie Gomez, the role for which she captured a Tony Award.


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  • Sales Rank: 22,108
  • UPC: 883316690765
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