Search - The Ritz on DVD


The Ritz
The Ritz
Actors: Jack Weston, Rita Moreno, Jerry Stiller, Kaye Ballard, F. Murray Abraham
Genres: Comedy
R     2008     1hr 31min

An all-male Manhatten bathouse becomes a hilarious hideout for a man from Cleveland ducking the mob. The fat, frisky film of the Broadway farce featuring original stars Jack Weston and Rita Moreno. Year: 1976

     
4

Larger Image

Movie Details

Actors: Jack Weston, Rita Moreno, Jerry Stiller, Kaye Ballard, F. Murray Abraham
Genres: Comedy
Sub-Genres: Comedy
Studio: Warner Home Video
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 01/08/2008
Release Year: 2008
Run Time: 1hr 31min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 14
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, French
See Also:

Similar Movies

The Boys in the Band
Director: William Friedkin
4
   R   2008   1hr 58min
La Cage Aux Folles
Director: Edouard Molinaro
   R   2001   1hr 50min
Trick
Director: Jim Fall
   R   2000   1hr 29min
La Cage Aux Folles II
Director: Edouard Molinaro
6
   R   2001   1hr 42min
Longtime Companion
Director: Norman René
6
   R   2001   1hr 40min
Torch Song Trilogy
Director: Paul Bogart
   R   2004   2hr 0min
Auntie Mame
2
   NR   2010   2hr 23min
The Men Next Door
Director: Rob Williams
?
   UR   2012   1hr 24min

Similarly Requested DVDs

Smallville - The Complete First Season
   NR   2003   15hr 22min
   
Hard Candy
Director: David Slade
   R   2006   1hr 44min
   
Capturing the Friedmans
Director: Andrew Jarecki
   NR   2004   1hr 47min
   
Antwone Fisher
Full Screen Edition
   PG-13   2003   2hr 0min
   
The Tailor of Panama
Director: John Boorman
   R   2001   1hr 49min
   
Lean on Me
Keepcase
Director: John G. Avildsen
   PG-13   2010   1hr 48min
   
A Beautiful Mind
Widescreen Awards Edition
Director: Ron Howard
   PG-13   2hr 15min
   
A Beautiful Mind
Full Screen Awards Edition
Director: Ron Howard
   PG-13   2005   2hr 15min
   
The Wild Bunch - The Original Director's Cut
Director: Sam Peckinpah
   R   1997   2hr 14min
   
 

Member Movie Reviews

James O. (JimOverby3) from TULSA, OK
Reviewed on 11/17/2010...
Very funny, but extensive Gay material (IMPLIED NOT EXPLICIT)

Movie Reviews

Break Out The Bath Towels--THE RITZ Is One Of The Best!
Gary F. Taylor | Biloxi, MS USA | 03/03/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Chunky, quivering, middle-class ordinary Gaetano Proclo (Jack Weston) is 'married to the mob' in the form of wife Vivian (Kaye Ballard)--and his crazy brother-in-law Carmine (Jerry Stiller) hates him. Certain that Carmine is about to kill him, Gaetana hops a cab, tells the driver to take him to the last place any one would ever look for him... and suddenly finds himself hiding out from the mob in the middle of a gay bath house.

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. Filmed long before the AIDS crisis, THE RITZ offers a comic look at a New York gay bath house and a way of life that would soon come to a grinding halt--a fact that gives the film a certain unintended poignancy for gay viewers. Even so, you don't need any specialized background to enjoy this laugh-out-loud movie, which is as much (and really more) for a straight audience as it is for a gay one. Highly, highly recommended... call over some friends, turn up the steam heat, break out some bath towels, and get ready for a true laugh riot."
Lotsa Laughs!
DonMac | Lynn, MA United States | 06/21/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)

"A comic reflection of a time period sure not to return. Moreno is hysterical as are Ballard and Weston. Definitely worth watching and good for many laughs. There is also a certain melancholy to it now given what came of these bathhouses and their denizens. For those who lived through this it certainly triggers some memories."
Noises Off in a Gay Bathhouse
T. Halkin | Munich, Germany | 08/25/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)

"A well crafted, door-slamming comedy ala 'Noises Off' with a wonderful cast. Rita Moreno playing a no-talent bathhouse singer gives the performance of her lifetime (we all know how talented she really is, so seeing her 'off' is a lot of fun). Treat Williams is delicious as the soprano detective. Jack Weston, Paul B. Price, F. Murray Abraham, Kay Ballard and Jerry Stiller add their spices to this wonderful ensemble. It makes you wish that the days of the Continental Baths would come back'at least the wonderfully tacky shows at poolside!"