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Ritchie, Michael 1938-2001

Works: 129 works in 301 publications in 4 languages and 9,363 library holdings
Genres: Drama  History  Film adaptations  Fiction  Juvenile works  Comedy films 
Roles: Director, Author, Actor, Producer, Author of screenplay, Conceptor, Scenarist, Consultant to a project, Performer, Film editor
Classifications: PN1995.9.C55, 791.4372
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Publications about Michael Ritchie
Publications by Michael Ritchie
Publications by Michael Ritchie, published posthumously.
Most widely held works by Michael Ritchie
The candidate by Michael Ritchie( visu )
30 editions published between 1972 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 1,173 libraries worldwide
While Richard Nixon is on his way to re-election by a landslide, a young, honest, idealistic lawyer begins to learn the truth about running for office
The bad news Bears by Billy Bob Thornton( visu )
14 editions published between 1976 and 2007 in English and No Linguistic Content and held by 967 libraries worldwide
A former baseball minor-leaguer coaches a team of tough kids. His star pitcher is a girl
Cool runnings by Jon Turteltaub( visu )
2 editions published between 1998 and 2008 in English and held by 940 libraries worldwide
Four young men form Jamaica's first bobsled team, in hopes of competing at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, Alberta. Loosely based on a true story
Please stand by : a prehistory of television by Michael Ritchie( Book )
7 editions published between 1994 and 1995 in English and held by 910 libraries worldwide
Even before there was "Howdy Doody" or "The Honeymooners," there was television, the medium that would define and change forever the twentieth century. Please Stand By looks back at the rough pioneer beginnings of TV, when the glow from the small screen brought magic into every home that had a set. Chorus girls worked side by side with performing rats; Eddie Albert, Dinah Shore, Hugh Downs and Betty Furness were still plucky unknowns; and one crossed wire could ruin an entire night's programming, with losses totaling as much as sixty-five dollars! This is the first book to cover comprehensively the earliest days of television, the period between 1920 and 1948, before there were regularly scheduled programs, or even written scripts, when television was in its infancy, and TV "bloopers" were the order of the day rather than the exception. This is also the story of inventors like Philo Farnsworth, who invented electronic television as a high school student in rural Utah (he also invented the first fax machine), and the first network battles, between companies such as RCA, NBC and DuMont. Filled with entertaining anecdotes and rare photographs of the days when nearly all television was live, Please Stand By includes remarkable stories of many television "firsts" such as the first commercial, the first soap opera, the first sportscast, and the first newscast, as well as rare interviews with many of television's pioneers - the inventors, station owners, writers, actors, presenters and crews. As a chronicle of the earliest days of the twentieth century's most important medium, this book is an invaluable resource; as a story of the adventures and misadventures of the men and women who reinvented television daily, it's a hilarious and nostalgic rollercoaster ride
Fletch ( visu )
16 editions published between 1985 and 2009 in English and No Linguistic Content and held by 792 libraries worldwide
Irwin "Fletch" Fletcher is a Los Angeles journalist who really lives for his profession. As Jane Doe, he publishes articles that have caused several heads to roll in the past. This time, Fletch is in disguise as a bum, living at the beach, researching drugs and their dealing. One day, Fletch is addressed by Alan Stanwyk, a rich man, who asks him, the bum, a favour. For the sum of $50,000, Fletch should kill poor cancer-ridden Mr. Stanwyk with a gun, so that his wife will get the insurance money. What the guy didn't think of was Fletch's real profession. Returning into normal life, Fletch instantly takes up research not only to find out that Mr. Stanwyk is healthy as life itself but he also runs into certain connections between drug dealing at the beach, Alan Stanwyk, his private jet, the police and a very expensive piece of Land in Utah
The fantasticks by Harvey Schmidt( visu )
5 editions published between 1995 and 2001 in English and held by 691 libraries worldwide
Two teenagers on neighboring farms steal glances and hide their romance from their feuding fathers. Little do these love-birds know, however, that their fathers are actually good friends who've hatched a plan--with the help of a mystical roving side-show and its equally mysterious ring master--to get these lovers down the aisle! But be careful what you wish for, because to bring these families together, they must first be torn apart!
A simple wish ( visu )
9 editions published between 1997 and 2014 in English and Spanish and held by 539 libraries worldwide
When Anabel made a wish for a fairy godmother, she never imaged it would be a guy named Murray! She soon learns that Murray is short on experience and long on excuses. Anabel and the blundering Murray have until midnight to rescue her dad, battle with a wicked witch, and recover stolen magic wands to restore the world to a place where wishes really can come true
Downhill racer by Michael Ritchie( visu )
9 editions published between 1969 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 469 libraries worldwide
David Chappellet, a ruthlessly ambitious skier competing for Olympic gold with an underdog American team in Europe, clashes with his coach, who tries to temper the upstart's narcissistic drive for glory
The golden child by Michael Ritchie( visu )
8 editions published between 1986 and 2008 in English and No Linguistic Content and held by 390 libraries worldwide
Murphy goes to the rescue of a child with mystical powers who has been abducted by an evil cult
Cops & Robbersons ( visu )
4 editions published between 1994 and 2001 in English and held by 244 libraries worldwide
A comedy about a mild-mannered accountant whose dreams of being a supercop come to life when his suburban home is used for an extended stake-out
The Bad News Bears go to Japan by Tony Curtis( visu )
3 editions published between 1978 and 2001 in English and held by 232 libraries worldwide
The third film in the series, the story contiunes as the Bad News Bears are spirited off to Tokyo by Marvin Lazar, a slick and sleazy con artist who sees in the team a perfect peg for a get-rich-quick scheme. The strikeout-prone Bears are pitted against a murderously skillful Japanese junior baseball team
Fletch lives ( visu )
7 editions published between 1989 and 2008 in English and held by 216 libraries worldwide
I.M. Fletcher, the reckless investigative reporter and man of many disguises, returns in a fast-moving comedy. Fletch inherits a Louisiana plantation from his aunt, and has to untangle the ensuing mayhem
The survivors by Robin Williams( visu )
6 editions published between 1983 and 2002 in English and Undetermined and held by 200 libraries worldwide
Bureaucratic slip-up and goes gunning for Sonny and Donald, who discover that their survival depends on their friendship at all costs. Donald Quinelle, a rising sales executive, is sacked by his boss's pet parrot the same day that Sonny Paluso watches his gas station go up in flames. Drowning their sorrows at a coffee shop, the two New Yorkers disarm a would-be bandit, Jack Locke, and briefly become media heroes--then quickly learn about the price and perils of survival in an insane world. Jack is freed by a
Wildcats ( visu )
3 editions published between 2003 and 2009 in English and held by 184 libraries worldwide
Molly McGrath becomes coach of the football team at Central High School, and turns the team into a winning team
Smile ( visu )
4 editions published between 1990 and 2004 in 3 languages and held by 178 libraries worldwide
Barbed, merciless send-up of small-town America focusing on a group of naive California girls who compete for the 'Young American Miss' crown amid rampant commercialism
The couch trip by Michael Ritchie( visu )
8 editions published between 1987 and 2003 in 4 languages and held by 173 libraries worldwide
John Burns, an inmate of the Cicero County Correctional Facility for the Criminally Insane, intercepts a call to his psychiatrist and fraudulently accepts an offer to replace a stressed-out celebrity shrink as a host of a call-in radio show. He successfully escapes from the facility. In three days, the show's ratings skyrocket, and he becomes a hot item
Divine madness by Bette Midler( visu )
3 editions published between 1982 and 1999 in English and No Linguistic Content and held by 149 libraries worldwide
Bette Midler sings a whirlwind of knockout rock'n'roll, soulful ballads and campy new-wave nostalgia in live show at the Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, Calif
Prime cut by Michael Ritchie( visu )
5 editions published between 1972 and 2011 in English and French and held by 140 libraries worldwide
A Kansas City mobster uses a meat processing factory as a front for his drug and prostitution business. There, gangsters are ground into sausage, and women are sold like cattle. Things change, however, when Chicago tough guy Nick comes to town
The scout ( visu )
5 editions published between 1995 and 2012 in English and held by 123 libraries worldwide
A down and out scout for the New York Yankees finds a talented pitcher in a small Mexican town but once he gets him back home, he discovers the new recruit has some unexpected problems
The positively true adventures of the alleged Texas cheerleader-murdering mom ( visu )
1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 84 libraries worldwide
The true story of a Texas mother becomes entangled in a trial for solicitation of murder when she talks of killing the mother of her daughter's rival for a spot on the high school cheerleading team
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Alternative Names
Ritchie, Michael Brunswick 1938-2001
Smithee, Allen 1938-2001
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