The Ritz

Synopsis: On his deathbed Carmine Vespucci's father tells him to "get Proclo". With "the hit" on, Gaetano tells a cab driver to take him where Carmine can't find him. He arrives at the Ritz, a gay bathhouse where he is pursued amorously by "chubby chaser" Paul B. Price and by entertainer Googie Gomez who believes him to be a broadway producer. His guides through the Ritz are gatekeeper Abe, habitue Chris, and bellhop/go-go-boys Tiger and Duff. Squeaky-voiced detective Michael Brick and his employer Carmine do locate Gateano at the Ritz, as does his wife Vivian.
Genre: Comedy
Director(s): Richard Lester
Production: Warner Home Video
  Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
91 min


Holy Mary, Mother of God...

...pray for us sinners now

and at the hour of our death.


Hail Mary, full of grace,

the Lord is with thee.

Blessed art thou among women and...

Hail Mary, full of grace,

the Lord is with thee.

Blessed art thou.

Blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.

Holy Mary, Mother of God,

pray for us sinners in our death.

Hail Mary, full of grace,

the Lord is with thee.

Blessed art thou among women.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with

thee. Blessed art thou among women...



I wanna go back to Cleveland.

Your grandfather

is very sick, sweetheart.


Viv, don't. Please, viv.

- Daddy.

- Yes, angel?

Who are all these people?


Your relatives, sweetheart.


I don't like them.




Vieni qua.




Speak to us, Papa.

Give us your blessing.



Oh, yes, Papa.

Get Proclo.


Get Proclo, Papa?

Yes, Papa. He's just outside.

I'll bring him in for your blessing.

Oh, Papa, he'll be so pleased.

He thought you hated him

all these years.

Oh, Papa.


- Carmine.

- Yes, Papa. I'm here, Papa.

Get Proclo.

Get Proclo, Papa?


Kill him. Kill the son of a bitch.

Papa, he's my husband.

Get Proclo.


- Papa!

- Aah!



Get Proclo?


That's 219 coming up, 219.

Good evening.

- Yeah.

Nasty night.

- Is it?

I'm one big puddle.

Well, watch where you're dripping,

I just mopped.

Sorry. I'd like a room, please.

Sure you would.

So you can go drip in there.

Ten bucks.

You sign the registration.

- I'll check your valuables.

I know.

You're dripping.

- What?

- I said, "You're dripping."

Well, of course I'm dripping.

It's pouring out there.

Well, try not to.

They don't like you dripping here.

Thank you.

See you.

- Hope not.

- That's 416, coming up.

- That is 416.

- Well, that's a good floor for that one.

Nobody ever goes up there.

Well, look who's back.

Hello, stranger.

Hello, Abe.

Oh, no.

- I thought you'd sworn off this place.

- Well, I thought I had too.


You got homesick for us, right?

Didn't have much choice.

Been barred from the Atheneum.

Come on. Nobody gets

barred from the Atheneum.

How did you manage that?

- Well, there was this man there...

- A fat man, right?


He was the Magic Mountain.

He drove me into one of my frenzies.

I went berserk and kicked his door open.

So they threw me out,

told me never to come back.

I was willing to pay for it.

I just wanted to talk. You know how I am.

- Hey, you wanna check that?

- Oh, no, no. That's my costume.

I'm entered in a talent contest tonight.

It's good to be back, Abe.

I feel strangely optimistic

about this evening.

- Yeah, well, don't kick any doors in.

- I hope I don't have to.

Driver, I left my money.

Will you wait? I'll be right back.

320 coming up. That is 320.

- I'd...

- Good evening, I wonder...

There's a line, buddy.

There's a line.

- Surely.

I'd prefer something on 3.

Did they ever put you on 4?

It's Siberia up there.

Thank you.

That's 421 coming up. That is 421.

Hey, can you...? Could...? Could...?

Could you...?

Can you cash a check for me?

It's on ohio State National.

What do I look like, a teller?

You don't understand.

I got a cab waiting. I'll be back.

I am planning to come here.

That's why I got a cab to go

somewhere and stay. I've come, see?


You got a credit card?

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Terrence McNally

Terrence McNally (born November 3, 1938) is an American playwright, librettist, and screenwriter. McNally has been described as "a probing and enduring dramatist" and "one of the greatest contemporary playwrights the theater world has yet produced". He has received the Tony Award for Best Play for Love! Valour! Compassion! and Master Class, as well as the Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical for Kiss of the Spider Woman and Ragtime. His other accolades include an Emmy Award, two Guggenheim Fellowships, a Rockefeller Grant, four Drama Desk Awards, two Lucille Lortel Awards, two Obie Awards, three Hull-Warriner Awards, and a citation from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is a recipient of the Dramatists Guild Lifetime Achievement Award as well as the Lucille Lortel Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2016, the Lotos Club honored McNally at their annual "State Dinner," which has previously honored such luminaries as W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan, George M. Cohan, Moss Hart, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, Saul Bellow, and Arthur Miller. In addition to his award-winning plays and musicals, he also written two operas, multiple screenplays, teleplays, and a memoir.He has been a member of the Council of the Dramatists Guild since 1970 and served as vice-president from 1981 to 2001, and was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame in 1996. In 1998, McNally was awarded an honorary degree from The Juilliard School in recognition for reviving The Lily Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program with the playwright, John Guare. In 2013, he returned to his alma mater, Columbia University, where he was the keynote speaker of the graduating class of 2013 on Class Day. He is a 2018 inductee of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. The honor of election is considered the highest form of recognition of artistic merit in the United States.He has a career spanning six decades, and his plays, musicals, and operas are routinely performed all over the world. The diversity and range of his work is remarkable, with McNally resisting identification with any particular cultural scene. Simultaneously active in the regional and off-Broadway theatre movements as well as Broadway, he is one of the few playwrights of his generation to have successfully passed from the avant-garde to mainstream acclaim. His work centers on the difficulties of and urgent need for human connection. For McNally, the most important function of theatre is to create community by bridging rifts opened between people by difference in religion, race, gender, and particularly sexual orientation.In an address to members of the League of American Theatres and Producers he remarked, "I think theatre teaches us who we are, what our society is, where we are going. I don't think theatre can solve the problems of a society, nor should it be expected to ... Plays don't do that. People do. [But plays can] provide a forum for the ideas and feelings that can lead a society to decide to heal and change itself." more…

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