Michael Ritchie

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Michael Brunswick Ritchie (November 28, 1938 - April 16, 2001) was an American film director. Ritchie was born in Waukesha, Wisconsin, the son of Patricia (née Graney) and Benbow Ferguson Ritchie. His family later moved to Berkeley, California, where his father was a professor of experimental psychology at the University of California at Berkeley and his mother was the art and music librarian for the city. He attended Berkeley High School before becoming interested in film, and was accepted at Harvard University following high school. Ritchie attracted attention in his senior year at Harvard in 1960 by directing the original production of the Arthur Kopit play, Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mamma's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feelin' So Sad in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His work on Kopit's play led to a job offer from Robert Saudek, the producer of the Omnibus television series. Ritchie also directed episodes of Profiles in Courage and such TV series as The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Dr. Kildare and Felony Squad prior to making his Hollywood feature-film debut in 1969 with Downhill Racer. His sister, Elsie Ritchie, acted in two of his films (The Candidate and Smile). In 1994, Ritchie purchased the hacienda-style house at 12305 Fifth Helena Drive, in the Brentwood district of Los Angeles, where Marilyn Monroe died in 1962. He bought it for $995,000. In 1994, Ritchie moved to Manhattan with his wife, Jimmie B. Ritchie, and daughters, Lillian (b. 1986) and Miriam (b. 1988). His additional children include a son, Steven (b. 1973); daughters Lauren (b. 1966) and Jessica (b. 1973), and two stepchildren, Nelly Bly and Billy Bly. Ritchie died at age 62 of complications from prostate cancer, on April 16, 2001, in New York.

Most Popular Michael Ritchie Trailers

Total trailers found: 27

Cool Runnings Trailer (1993)

30 September 1993

When a Jamaican sprinter is disqualified from the Olympic Games, he enlists the help of a dishonored coach to start the first Jamaican Bobsled Team.

The Island Trailer (1980)

13 June 1980

David Warner leads a band of modern day pirates who raid yachts and sail boats of people on vacation out in the Caribbean.

The Golden Child Trailer (1986)

12 December 1986

A detective specializing in missing children is on a madcap mission to save a youth with mystical powers who's been abducted by an evil cult.

The Couch Trip Trailer (1988)

15 January 1988

The escaped delinquent John W. Burns, Jr. replaces Dr. Maitlin on a radio show, saying he's the psychiatrist Lawrence Baird.

Fletch Lives Trailer (1989)

17 March 1989

Fletch is a fish out of water in small-town Louisiana, where he's checking out a tumbledown mansion he's inherited.

Fletch Trailer (1985)

31 May 1985

An ace reporter assumes several identities while pursuing a story about a drug dealer operating from Venice Beach.

A Simple Wish Trailer (1997)

11 July 1997

Murray is a male fairy godmother, and he is trying to help 8-year-old Anabel to fulfil her "simple wish" - that her father Oliver, who is a cab driver, would win the leading role in a Broadway musical.

Wildcats Trailer (1986)

14 February 1986

Molly is a high school track coach who knows just as much about football as anyone else on the planet.

The Scout Trailer (1994)

30 September 1994

When his star recruit botches a Major League Baseball debut, humiliated talent scout Al Percolo (Albert Brooks) gets banished to rural Mexico, where he finds a potential gold mine in the arm of young phenom Steve Nebraska (Brendan Fraser).

The Bad News Bears Go to Japan Trailer (1978)

30 June 1978

In this third film version of the Bad News Bears series, Tony Curtis plays a small time promotor/hustler who takes the pint-sized baseball team to Japan for a match against the country's best little league baseball team which sparks off a series of adventures and mishaps the boys come into.

Student Bodies Trailer (1981)

07 August 1981

Director Mickey Rose's zany send-up of teen slasher flicks features a maniacal psycho known as the Breather (played by Richard Belzer), who stalks –and murders– promiscuous students at a suburban high school.

The Survivors Trailer (1983)

24 June 1983

Having both lost their jobs, two strangers become unlikely friends after a run in with a would be robber, who is actually a hitman with a grudge against the two.

The Fantasticks Trailer (1995)

27 December 1995

Two rural teens sing and dance their way through a forbidden romance and a dangerous travelling carnival.

The Outsider Trailer (1967)

21 November 1967

Not so uncommon themes of the 1960's are used as dark backdrop for a hard-nosed, private eye/ex-con with a bone to pick with the Los Angeles police Dept.

Prime Cut Trailer (1972)

28 June 1972

A Chicago mob enforcer is sent to Kansas City to settle a debt with a cattle rancher who not only grinds his enemies into sausage, but sells women as sex slaves.

Diggstown Trailer (1992)

14 August 1992

Gabriel Caine has just been released from prison when he sets up a bet with a business man. The business man owns most of a boxing-mad town called Diggstown.

The Bad News Bears Trailer (1976)

07 April 1976

An aging, down-on-his-luck ex-minor leaguer coaches a team of misfits in an ultra-competitive California little league.

The Candidate Trailer (1972)

23 August 1972

Bill McKay is a candidate for the U.S. Senate from California. He has no hope of winning, so he is willing to tweak the establishment.

Semi-Tough Trailer (1977)

18 November 1977

A three-way friendship between two free-spirited professional football players and the owner's daughter becomes compromised when two of them become romantically involved.

Downhill Racer Trailer (1969)

06 November 1969

An ambitious young skier, determined to break all existing records, is contemptuous of the teamwork advocated by the US coach when they go to Europe for the Olympics.

Smile Trailer (1975)

01 January 1975

It's time again for California's "Young American Miss" beauty pageant, the biggest event of the year for Big Bob Freelander and Brenda DiCarlo, who give their all to put on a successful pageant.

Cops & Robbersons Trailer (1994)

15 April 1994

Hard-as-nails cop Jake Stone moves in with the Robbersons so he can watch a hitman who has moved in next door.

The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader Murdering Mom Trailer (1993)

10 April 1993

When her daughter Shanna is disqualified from competing for her Junior High School cheer leading squad, Wanda Holloway tries to get her ex-husband's brother, Terry Harper, to hire a hitman to incapacitate Shanna's rival or the girl's mother.

Divine Madness Trailer (1980)

26 September 1980

Divine Madness is a 1980 concert film directed by Michael Ritchie, and featuring Bette Midler during her 1979 concert at Pasadena's Civic Auditorium.

Big Shot: Confessions of a Campus Bookie Trailer (2002)

31 March 2002

Moyher's good boy Benny Silman from Brooklyn becomes an economics student at Arizona State University for the sun and sexy girls- and the proximity of gambling paradise Las Vegas.

An Almost Perfect Affair Trailer (1979)

27 April 1979

From the back cover: Oscar winner Keith Carradine ("Nashville," "The Duelists") stars in this sparkling romantic comedy about two unlikely lovers who find each other amid the glitz, glamour and frenzy of the Cannes Film Festival.

The Sound of Anger Trailer (1968)

10 December 1968

A young man is arrested on suspicion of sabotaging the plane of his girlfriend's father, a wealthy man who despises him.