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Michael Ritchie is a Actor, Director, Author and Producer American born on 28 november 1938 at Waukesha (USA)

Michael Ritchie

Michael Ritchie
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Birth name Michael Brunswick Ritchie
Nationality USA
Birth 28 november 1938 at Waukesha (USA)
Death 16 april 2001 (at 62 years) at New York City (USA)

Michael Brunswick Ritchie (November 28, 1938 - April 16, 2001) was an American film director of distinguished and often experimental films like The Candidate and Downhill Racer, who also excelled at comedy. His scored notable successes directing Robert Redford's formative work, and Chevy Chase's Fletch comedies.

Best films

Cool Runnings (1993)
(Story)
The Golden Child (1986)
(Director)
Fletch (1985)
(Director)
The Candidate (1972)
(Director)

Usually with

Jerry Belson
Jerry Belson
(4 films)
George Wyner
George Wyner
(6 films)
Chevy Chase
Chevy Chase
(4 films)
Conrad Hall
Conrad Hall
(1 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Michael Ritchie (26 films)

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Actor

The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom, 1h39
Directed by Michael Ritchie
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy
Themes Dance films, Sports films
Actors Holly Hunter, Beau Bridges, Swoosie Kurtz, Matt Frewer, Gregg Henry, Eddie Jones
Roles Minister (voice)
Rating65% 3.296553.296553.296553.296553.29655
When Wanda Holloway was a teen, her father forbade her from trying out for her school's cheerleading team. Many years later, when Wanda had a daughter of her own, she was determined that her daughter would fulfill the dream she was denied and become a cheerleader — which would allow Wanda to make up that part of her childhood by reliving it through her daughter. The film takes place in Channelview, Texas.
Innocent Blood, 1h52
Directed by John Landis
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Comedy, Horror comedy, Romantic comedy, Action, Horror, Crime, Romance
Themes Mafia films, Films about magic and magicians, Vampires in film, Comedy horror films, Gangster films
Actors Anne Parillaud, David Proval, Chazz Palminteri, Anthony LaPaglia, Robert Loggia, Tony Sirico
Rating61% 3.099263.099263.099263.099263.09926
Marie (Anne Parillaud) is a very appealing modern-day vampire in Pittsburgh, with a moral code that limits her bloodsucking to the criminal elements of society. After feasting on mafioso Tony (Chazz Palminteri), she shoots him in the head with a shotgun to cover up the bite marks on his neck and to prevent him from coming back as a vampire. Undercover cop Joseph Gennaro (Anthony LaPaglia) visits the crime scene, but is taken off his assignment of infiltrating the crime family of Salvatore 'The Shark' Macelli (Robert Loggia) and put into protective custody by District Attorney Sinclair (Angela Bassett) for being witnessed at the crime scene by the media.

Director

The Fantasticks, 1h26
Directed by Michael Ritchie
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Comedy, Musical, Romance
Themes Musical films, Films based on plays, Films based on musicals
Actors Joel Grey, Brad Sullivan, Jean Louisa Kelly, Joey McIntyre, Barnard Hughes, Jonathon Morris
Rating56% 2.8022052.8022052.8022052.8022052.802205
Amos Babcock Bellamy (Joel Grey) and Ben Hucklebee (Brad Sullivan) scheme to get their respective children, Luisa (Jean Louisa Kelly) and Matt (Joey McIntyre), to fall in love. Knowing they will resist their fathers' interference, the two men use reverse psychology and fabricate a feud, building a wall between their houses and forbidding their children to speak to each other. When their plan works, they enlist the aid of El Gallo (Jonathon Morris), the proprietor of a traveling carnival, to put an end to their supposed disagreement in a manner which will not reveal their deception.
A Simple Wish, 1h25
Directed by Michael Ritchie
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Comedy, Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Themes Films about magic and magicians, Les fées, Witches in film, Children's films
Actors Martin Short, Mara Wilson, Robert Pastorelli, Deborah Odell, Amanda Plummer, Francis Capra
Rating53% 2.6537452.6537452.6537452.6537452.653745
Oliver Greening is rejected from a coveted performance in a musical version of A Tale of Two Cities for simply not being a bankable performer. After Oliver's daughter Annabel attempts to get her brother Charlie to believe that the tooth fairy exists, Murray, a clumsy fairy godmother, appears after Charlie has gone to sleep. Annabel wants to wish for her father to get the role, but Murray suddenly remembers he is late for an important engagement and promises to return to grant her wish later.
Cops & Robbersons, 1h33
Directed by Michael Ritchie
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Comedy, Action, Crime
Actors Chevy Chase, Jack Palance, Dianne Wiest, Robert Davi, Jason James Richter, Fay Masterson
Rating52% 2.600432.600432.600432.600432.60043
When police discover that a mob hitman has moved in next door to the Robbersons, they want to find out what he is up to. So they set up a stakeout in the Robbersons' home. Hard-nosed, tough-as-nails Jake Stone (Jack Palance) and his young partner Tony Moore (David Barry Gray) are assigned to the stakeout, but now it's a question of whether Jake can last long enough to capture the bad guys. The Robbersons want to help and by doing so, they drive Jake crazy.
The Scout
The Scout (1994)
, 1h41
Directed by Michael Ritchie
Genres Drama, Comedy
Themes Sports films, Baseball films
Actors Albert Brooks, Brendan Fraser, Dianne Wiest, Anne Twomey, Lane Smith, Michael Rapaport
Rating53% 2.699542.699542.699542.699542.69954
Al Percolo (Albert Brooks) is a Major League Baseball scout with the New York Yankees who attends a game at a small college to see pitching phenom Tommy Lacy (Michael Rapaport). Al happens to be a fan of the film King Kong and he remarks to his fellow scouts sitting in the crowd that he is looking for the next King Kong.
The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom, 1h39
Directed by Michael Ritchie
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy
Themes Dance films, Sports films
Actors Holly Hunter, Beau Bridges, Swoosie Kurtz, Matt Frewer, Gregg Henry, Eddie Jones
Rating65% 3.296553.296553.296553.296553.29655
When Wanda Holloway was a teen, her father forbade her from trying out for her school's cheerleading team. Many years later, when Wanda had a daughter of her own, she was determined that her daughter would fulfill the dream she was denied and become a cheerleader — which would allow Wanda to make up that part of her childhood by reliving it through her daughter. The film takes place in Channelview, Texas.
Diggstown
Diggstown (1992)
, 1h38
Directed by Michael Ritchie
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Action
Themes Sports films, Martial arts films, Boxing films, Le boxe anglaise
Actors James Woods, Louis Gossett Jr., Bruce Dern, Oliver Platt, Heather Graham, Thomas Wilson Brown
Rating68% 3.4456053.4456053.4456053.4456053.445605
Gabriel Caine (James Woods), a con man, is released from prison in Winfield, Georgia and immediately gets to work on his next scam. Caine and his partner, Fitz (Oliver Platt), travel to a small town not far from the prison: Diggstown, a city obsessed with boxing.
Fletch Lives, 1h35
Directed by Michael Ritchie
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Comedy, Action, Crime
Themes Films about writers, Films about journalists
Actors Chevy Chase, Hal Holbrook, Julianne Phillips, R. Lee Ermey, Richard Libertini, Cleavon Little
Rating60% 3.049583.049583.049583.049583.04958
Irwin "Fletch" Fletcher (Chevy Chase), a reporter for the L.A. Times, is contacted by the executor of his late-aunt's will, attorney Amanda Ray Ross (Patricia Kalember). Ross informs Fletch he has inherited his late-aunt's mansion and 80 acre plantation property, Belle Isle, in Thibodaux, Louisiana. Upon arriving in Louisiana, Fletch is disappointed to find the mansion completely dilapidated, but nonetheless agrees to keep on its caretaker, Calculus Entrophy (Cleavon Little). Fletch has dinner with Ross at her home that evening and she tells him of a $225,000 bid for Belle Isle made by an anonymous buyer. After sleeping with Ross, Fletch awakens the next morning to find her dead.
The Couch Trip, 1h37
Directed by Michael Ritchie
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Actors Dan Aykroyd, Charles Grodin, Walter Matthau, Donna Dixon, Richard Romanus, David Clennon
Rating57% 2.89772.89772.89772.89772.8977
Alleged mental patient John Burns (Dan Aykroyd), a former computer hacker, is sent to Dr Lawrence Bairds' office (David Clennon) after causing a riot in the hospital cafeteria. Dr Baird receives a message from his secretary that a call was waiting for him. As Dr Baird leaves his office, coincidentally Burns intercepts a telephone call from Dr Maitlins' Lawyer (Richard Romanus), requesting if Dr Baird could fill in for Dr. George Maitlin (Charles Grodin) on his popular radio talk show. Burns assumes Dr. Baird's identity and jumps at the chance to escape the hospital. With the help of Dr. Baird's secretary, he breaks out and picks up a waiting ticket at the Chicago airport.
The Golden Child, 1h35
Directed by Michael Ritchie
Origin USA
Genres Fantastic, Comedy, Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Themes Films about children, Films about religion, Films about Tibet, Films about Buddhism
Actors Eddie Murphy, Charles Dance, Charlotte Lewis, Victor Wong, James Hong, Pons Maar
Rating59% 2.999222.999222.999222.999222.99922
In a temple in an unknown location in northeastern Nepal, a young boy with mystical abilities — the Golden Child — receives badges of station and demonstrates his power to the monks of the temple by reviving a dead eastern rosella, which becomes a constant companion. However, a band of villains led by a mysterious man, Sardo Numspa (Charles Dance), breaks into the hidden temple, slaughters the monks and abducts the boy.
Wildcats
Wildcats (1986)
, 1h46
Directed by Michael Ritchie
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Action
Themes Films about racism, Sports films, American football films
Actors Goldie Hawn, Jan Hooks, Swoosie Kurtz, Wesley Snipes, Woody Harrelson, Robyn Lively
Rating60% 3.0017453.0017453.0017453.0017453.001745
Molly McGrath is the daughter of a famed football coach who is dying to head her own team. When her wish is finally granted, Molly leaves her job coaching girls' track at an affluent high school (Prescott High School) to take over a football team at an inner-city high school (Central High School)--the kind of place where guard dogs are needed to patrol the campus. At first the new coach’s idealism and optimism are suffocated with racial and gender prejudice, but eventually her overriding spirit begins to whip her unruly team into shape. At the same time, she must also struggle to win a battle for the custody of her two young daughters. The real test for Molly comes when her Central High team faces Prescott in the city championship.
Fletch
Fletch (1985)
, 1h38
Directed by Michael Ritchie
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Comedy, Crime
Themes Films about writers, Films about journalists
Actors Chevy Chase, Joe Don Baker, Richard Libertini, Geena Davis, Dana Wheeler-Nicholson, Tim Matheson
Rating68% 3.4487953.4487953.4487953.4487953.448795
Los Angeles Times reporter Irwin "Fletch" Fletcher (Chase) is writing an article exposing the drug traffic on the beaches of Los Angeles. Posing as an addict during his investigation, he is approached by Boyd Aviation executive vice president Alan Stanwyk (Matheson) who mistakenly assumes Fletch is a junkie. Stanwyk claims to have bone cancer, with only months left to live, and wishes to avoid the pain and suffering. Stanwyk offers $50,000 for Fletch to come to his mansion in a few days time, kill him, and then escape to Rio de Janeiro, staging the murder to appear as the result of a burglary.
The Survivors, 1h42
Directed by Michael Ritchie
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Action
Actors Walter Matthau, Robin Williams, Jerry Reed (Hubbard), John Goodman, Meg Mundy, Annie McEnroe
Rating57% 2.899222.899222.899222.899222.89922
The story focuses on two beleaguered New Yorkers: Donald Quinelle (Williams), a simple office worker who is fired from his job, and Sonny Paluso (Matthau), a gas station owner whose station is accidentally blown up by Donald. The two men meet in a restaurant which is promptly robbed by a man in a ski mask (Jerry Reed). Donald is shot, but Sonny gets a good look at the man. Donald is interviewed on the news, and inadvertently reveals Sonny's identity. That night the robber visits Sonny's house in order to kill him and his teenage daughter Candice, but Donald saves them. Sonny and Donald take Jack Locke, the robber, to the police at gunpoint.
Student Bodies, 1h26
Directed by Michael Ritchie, Mickey Rose
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Horror comedy, Horror, Slasher
Themes Films about education, Comedy horror films
Actors Richard Belzer, Jerry Belson, Mimi Weddell, Oscar James
Rating54% 2.701072.701072.701072.701072.70107
Student Bodies is about a serial killer who stalks female students at Lamab High School, while at the same time, voyeuristically watching them. The killer calls himself "The Breather," presumably because the killer is always breathing heavily.