Martin Ritt

Martin Ritt (March 2, 1914 – December 8, 1990) was an American director, actor, and playwright who worked in both film and theater. He was born in New York City. Description above from the Wikipedia article Martin Ritt, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia

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Hombre (1967)

John Russell, disdained by his "respectable" fellow stagecoach passengers because he was raised by Indians, becomes their only hope for survival when they are set upon by outlaws.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martin Ritt
CAST:  Paul Newman  •  Fredric March  •  Richard Boone  •  Diane Cilento

John Russell, disdained by his "respectable" fellow stagecoach passengers because he was raised by Indians, becomes their only hope for survival when they are set upon by outlaws.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martin Ritt
CAST:  Paul Newman  •  Fredric March  •  Richard Boone  •  Diane Cilento

Hud (1963)

Hud Bannon is a ruthless young man who tarnishes everything and everyone he touches. Hud represents the perfect embodiment of alienated youth, out for kicks with no regard for the consequences. There is bitter conflict between the callous Hud and his stern and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martin Ritt
CAST:  Paul Newman  •  Melvyn Douglas  •  Patricia Neal  •  Brandon De Wilde

Hud Bannon is a ruthless young man who tarnishes everything and everyone he touches. Hud represents the perfect embodiment of alienated youth, out for kicks with no regard for the consequences. There is bitter conflict between the callous Hud and his stern and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martin Ritt
CAST:  Paul Newman  •  Melvyn Douglas  •  Patricia Neal  •  Brandon De Wilde

Murphy's Romance (1985)

Emma, a divorced single mother seeking to start her life over, moves to a small town in Arizona. She befriends Murphy, the older local pharmacist, but things turn complicated when her ex-husband shows up.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martin Ritt
CAST:  Sally Field  •  James Garner  •  Brian Kerwin  •  Corey Haim

Emma, a divorced single mother seeking to start her life over, moves to a small town in Arizona. She befriends Murphy, the older local pharmacist, but things turn complicated when her ex-husband shows up.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martin Ritt
CAST:  Sally Field  •  James Garner  •  Brian Kerwin  •  Corey Haim

Norma Rae (1979)

Norma Rae is a southern textile worker employed in a factory with intolerable working conditions. This concern about the situation gives her the gumption to be the key associate to a visiting labor union organizer. Together, they undertake the difficult, and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martin Ritt
CAST:  Sally Field  •  Beau Bridges  •  Ron Leibman  •  Pat Hingle

Norma Rae is a southern textile worker employed in a factory with intolerable working conditions. This concern about the situation gives her the gumption to be the key associate to a visiting labor union organizer. Together, they undertake the difficult, and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martin Ritt
CAST:  Sally Field  •  Beau Bridges  •  Ron Leibman  •  Pat Hingle

Nuts (1987)

A high-class call girl accused of murder fights for the right to stand trial rather than be declared mentally incompetent.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martin Ritt
CAST:  Barbra Streisand  •  Richard Dreyfuss  •  Maureen Stapleton  •  Karl Malden

A high-class call girl accused of murder fights for the right to stand trial rather than be declared mentally incompetent.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martin Ritt
CAST:  Barbra Streisand  •  Richard Dreyfuss  •  Maureen Stapleton  •  Karl Malden

Stanley & Iris (1990)

An illiterate cook at a company cafeteria tries for the attention of a newly widowed woman. As they get to know one another, she discovers his inability to read. When he is fired, she takes on trying to teach him to read in her kitchen each night.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martin Ritt
CAST:  Jane Fonda  •  Robert De Niro  •  Swoosie Kurtz  •  Martha Plimpton

An illiterate cook at a company cafeteria tries for the attention of a newly widowed woman. As they get to know one another, she discovers his inability to read. When he is fired, she takes on trying to teach him to read in her kitchen each night.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martin Ritt
CAST:  Jane Fonda  •  Robert De Niro  •  Swoosie Kurtz  •  Martha Plimpton

The Front (1976)

A cashier poses as a writer for blacklisted talents to submit their work through, but the injustice around him pushes him to take a stand.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martin Ritt
CAST:  Andrea Marcovicci  •  Michael Murphy  •  Woody Allen  •  Herschel Bernardi

A cashier poses as a writer for blacklisted talents to submit their work through, but the injustice around him pushes him to take a stand.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martin Ritt
CAST:  Andrea Marcovicci  •  Michael Murphy  •  Woody Allen  •  Herschel Bernardi

The Molly Maguires (1970)

Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, 1876. A secret society of Irish coal miners, bond by a sacred oath, put pressure on the greedy and ruthless company they work for by sabotaging mining facilities in the hope of improving their working conditions and the lives of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martin Ritt
CAST:  Sean Connery  •  Samantha Eggar  •  Richard Harris  •  Frank Finlay

Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, 1876. A secret society of Irish coal miners, bond by a sacred oath, put pressure on the greedy and ruthless company they work for by sabotaging mining facilities in the hope of improving their working conditions and the lives of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martin Ritt
CAST:  Sean Connery  •  Samantha Eggar  •  Richard Harris  •  Frank Finlay

Cross Creek (1983)

In the 1930s, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings moves to Florida's backwaters to write in peace. She feels bothered by affectionate men, editors and confused neighbors, but soon she connects and writes The Yearling, a classic of American literature.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martin Ritt
CAST:  Mary Steenburgen  •  Rip Torn  •  Peter Coyote  •  Dana Hill

In the 1930s, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings moves to Florida's backwaters to write in peace. She feels bothered by affectionate men, editors and confused neighbors, but soon she connects and writes The Yearling, a classic of American literature.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martin Ritt
CAST:  Mary Steenburgen  •  Rip Torn  •  Peter Coyote  •  Dana Hill

Pete 'n' Tillie (1972)

A fun-loving bachelor woos and weds a secretary, but the bonds of this marriage aren't strong enough to stop his philandering from continuing.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martin Ritt
CAST:  Walter Matthau  •  Carol Burnett  •  Geraldine Page  •  Barry Nelson

A fun-loving bachelor woos and weds a secretary, but the bonds of this marriage aren't strong enough to stop his philandering from continuing.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martin Ritt
CAST:  Walter Matthau  •  Carol Burnett  •  Geraldine Page  •  Barry Nelson

The Outrage (1964)

At a disused railway station, three men -- a con artist, a preacher and a prospector -- discuss the recent trial and sentencing of the outlaw Juan Carrasco for the murder of a man and the rape of his wife. In their recounting, the three explore the conflicting ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martin Ritt
CAST:  Paul Newman  •  Laurence Harvey  •  Claire Bloom  •  Edward G. Robinson

At a disused railway station, three men -- a con artist, a preacher and a prospector -- discuss the recent trial and sentencing of the outlaw Juan Carrasco for the murder of a man and the rape of his wife. In their recounting, the three explore the conflicting ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martin Ritt
CAST:  Paul Newman  •  Laurence Harvey  •  Claire Bloom  •  Edward G. Robinson

No Down Payment (1957)

The marital difficulties of four couples living in a southern California housing development become intertwined. Among the unhappy couples are ne'er-do-well Jerry Flagg and his long-suffering wife Isabelle, flirtatious Leola Boone and her sadistic husband Troy, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martin Ritt
CAST:  Joanne Woodward  •  Sheree North  •  Tony Randall  •  Jeffrey Hunter

The marital difficulties of four couples living in a southern California housing development become intertwined. Among the unhappy couples are ne'er-do-well Jerry Flagg and his long-suffering wife Isabelle, flirtatious Leola Boone and her sadistic husband Troy, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martin Ritt
CAST:  Joanne Woodward  •  Sheree North  •  Tony Randall  •  Jeffrey Hunter

Casey's Shadow (1978)

Casey's family raises and trains race horses, and their latest undersized foal named Casey's Shadow does not seem to have a lot going for it, but may turn out to be a champion.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martin Ritt
CAST:  Walter Matthau  •  Alexis Smith  •  Robert Webber  •  Murray Hamilton

Casey's family raises and trains race horses, and their latest undersized foal named Casey's Shadow does not seem to have a lot going for it, but may turn out to be a champion.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martin Ritt
CAST:  Walter Matthau  •  Alexis Smith  •  Robert Webber  •  Murray Hamilton

The Sound and the Fury (1959)

Drama focusing on a family of Southern aristocrats who are trying to deal with the dissolution of their clan and the loss of its reputation, faith, fortunes and respect.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martin Ritt
CAST:  Yul Brynner  •  Joanne Woodward  •  Margaret Leighton  •  Stuart Whitman

Drama focusing on a family of Southern aristocrats who are trying to deal with the dissolution of their clan and the loss of its reputation, faith, fortunes and respect.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martin Ritt
CAST:  Yul Brynner  •  Joanne Woodward  •  Margaret Leighton  •  Stuart Whitman

Five Branded Women (1960)

Five Yugoslav women who consorted with the German occupiers are publicly humiliated and banished by the Yugoslav partisans but they take up arms to fend for themselves.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martin Ritt
CAST:  Silvana Mangano  •  Jeanne Moreau  •  Vera Miles  •  Barbara Bel Geddes

Five Yugoslav women who consorted with the German occupiers are publicly humiliated and banished by the Yugoslav partisans but they take up arms to fend for themselves.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martin Ritt
CAST:  Silvana Mangano  •  Jeanne Moreau  •  Vera Miles  •  Barbara Bel Geddes

Awake and Sing! (1972)

The Bergers, a blue-collar Jewish family living in an overstuffed tenement and undone by the Depression, struggle through hard times and dream of a better future in this 1972 production of Clifford Odets' pungent play. Personalities and politics clash as Odets' ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Norman Lloyd  •  Robert Hopkins
CAST:  Walter Matthau  •  Ron Rifkin  •  Felicia Farr  •  Martin Ritt

The Bergers, a blue-collar Jewish family living in an overstuffed tenement and undone by the Depression, struggle through hard times and dream of a better future in this 1972 production of Clifford Odets' pungent play. Personalities and politics clash as Odets' ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Norman Lloyd  •  Robert Hopkins
CAST:  Walter Matthau  •  Ron Rifkin  •  Felicia Farr  •  Martin Ritt

The Man Who Shot Chinatown: The Life and Work of John A. Alonzo (2007)

Cinematographer John A. Alonzo was one of the driving creative forces in the resurgence of expressionistic American movies of the late 1960s and '70s. Director Axel Schill's documentary explores Alonzo's work on key films of that era and beyond. Clips from ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Axel Schill
CAST:  John A. Alonzo  •  Michael Crichton  •  Richard Dreyfuss  •  Roger Ebert

Cinematographer John A. Alonzo was one of the driving creative forces in the resurgence of expressionistic American movies of the late 1960s and '70s. Director Axel Schill's documentary explores Alonzo's work on key films of that era and beyond. Clips from ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Axel Schill
CAST:  John A. Alonzo  •  Michael Crichton  •  Richard Dreyfuss  •  Roger Ebert

The Slugger's Wife (1985)

Darryl Palmer (Michael O'Keefe) is a major league baseball player who meets and pursues an attractive singer (Rebecca De Mornay). After some setbacks, the two are married and sent on an emotional journey that sees his career take off, while hers doesn't. When she ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Hal Ashby
CAST:  Michael O'Keefe  •  Rebecca De Mornay  •  Randy Quaid  •  Cleavant Derricks

Darryl Palmer (Michael O'Keefe) is a major league baseball player who meets and pursues an attractive singer (Rebecca De Mornay). After some setbacks, the two are married and sent on an emotional journey that sees his career take off, while hers doesn't. When she ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Hal Ashby
CAST:  Michael O'Keefe  •  Rebecca De Mornay  •  Randy Quaid  •  Cleavant Derricks

End of the Game (1975)

Hans Baerlach is a Swiss police detective who has dedicated much of his career to pursuing powerful and allegedly murderous businessman Richard Gastmann. Though Baerlach's partner meets his demise while investigating Gastmann, his replacement, Walter Tschanz, is ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Maximilian Schell
CAST:  Jon Voight  •  Jacqueline Bisset  •  Martin Ritt  •  Robert Shaw

Hans Baerlach is a Swiss police detective who has dedicated much of his career to pursuing powerful and allegedly murderous businessman Richard Gastmann. Though Baerlach's partner meets his demise while investigating Gastmann, his replacement, Walter Tschanz, is ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Maximilian Schell
CAST:  Jon Voight  •  Jacqueline Bisset  •  Martin Ritt  •  Robert Shaw

The Great White Hope (1970)

A black champion boxer and his white female companion struggle to survive while the white boxing establishment looks for ways to knock him down.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martin Ritt
CAST:  James Earl Jones  •  Jane Alexander  •  Lou Gilbert  •  Joel Fluellen

A black champion boxer and his white female companion struggle to survive while the white boxing establishment looks for ways to knock him down.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martin Ritt
CAST:  James Earl Jones  •  Jane Alexander  •  Lou Gilbert  •  Joel Fluellen
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