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Ritchie, Michael 1938-2001

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Most widely held works about Michael Ritchie
Most widely held works by Michael Ritchie
Cool runnings by Jon Turteltaub( Visual )

10 editions published between 1993 and 2017 in English and French and held by 1,179 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Based on a true story, this is the comedic saga of four Jamaican athletes going to extremes to compete as bobsled racers at the Winter Olympics. With few resources and virtually no clue about winter sports, it's an uphill course for this troupe from the tropics who are sliding on thin ice as they go for the gold in Calgary, Canada. Refusing to let anything stand in their way, these four Jamaicans enlist the help of a down-and-out ex-champion American slider named Irv. Unavoidably drawn back to a sport he had come to loathe, Irv is faced with coaching a team of complete novices. But once committed, he is determined to turn them around and to somehow right the wrongs of his own failed career. It's a bumpy ride but with pride, determination, and dignity, the bobsledders make their impossible dreams come true
The Bad News Bears by Michael Ritchie( Visual )

22 editions published between 1976 and 2013 in English and held by 1,162 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An aging, down-on-his-luck ex-minor leaguer coaches a team of misfits in an ultra-competitive California little league
The candidate by Michael Ritchie( Visual )

37 editions published between 1972 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 1,150 WorldCat member 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
Fletch( Visual )

33 editions published between 1984 and 2017 in 4 languages and held by 864 WorldCat member 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
Please stand by : a prehistory of television by Michael Ritchie( Book )

14 editions published between 1994 and 1995 in English and held by 844 WorldCat member 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
The fantasticks by Harvey Schmidt( Visual )

10 editions published between 1995 and 2015 in English and held by 632 WorldCat member 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!"--The container
A simple wish by Universal Pictures (Firm); Bubble Factory (Firm)( Visual )

14 editions published between 1997 and 2017 in 4 languages and held by 565 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When Anabel wished for a fairy-godmother, she never dreamed his name would be Murray. They have until midnight to rescue her dad, battle 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( Visual )

8 editions published between 1969 and 2015 in English and held by 532 WorldCat member 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( Visual )

25 editions published between 1986 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 526 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Murphy goes to the rescue of a child with mystical powers who has been abducted by an evil cult
Wildcats( Visual )

11 editions published between 1986 and 2013 in English and held by 292 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Molly McGrath becomes coach of the football team at Central High School, and turns the team into a winning team
The scout( Visual )

14 editions published between 1994 and 2013 in English and held by 274 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A down and out baseball scout finds a truly amazing player in a small Mexican town. The only problem is that the player is literally crazy
Fletch lives( Visual )

13 editions published between 1989 and 2017 in English and held by 270 WorldCat member 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
Divine madness by Bette Midler( Visual )

9 editions published between 1980 and 2014 in English and held by 255 WorldCat member 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
Cops & Robbersons( Visual )

7 editions published between 1994 and 2015 in English and held by 251 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A TV cop show junkie wishes for a little more excitement in his life and then is asked to set up a command post in his home to stake out the next door neighbor, a mobster
The Bad News Bears go to Japan by Tony Curtis( Visual )

5 editions published between 1978 and 2001 in English and held by 245 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Caught in a clash of cultures and ready to wreak more havoc on Japan than Godzilla, the Bad News Bears are back for their third outing, following the enormously successful The Bad News Bears and The Bad News Bears In Breaking Training. This time the Bears have been spirited off to Tokyo by Tony Curtis as 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 agaainst a murderously skillful Japenese junior baseball team, and the resulting comic chaos is hilarious
Diggstown( Visual )

11 editions published between 1992 and 2015 in English and held by 231 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hustler Gabriel Caine, just out of prison, heads to Diggstown, a small town where boxing matches go down with no rules and high stakes, and tries to set up the town owner by arranging for ten Diggstown men to fight a retired contender in 24 hours
Prime cut by Michael Ritchie( Visual )

13 editions published between 1972 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 220 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Kansas gangster incurs the wrath of his Chicago bosses, and a hired killer is sent to eliminate him. Nonstop action
Semi-tough( Visual )

12 editions published between 1977 and 2010 in English and held by 208 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Two professional football players pursue the same woman in this satirical spoof on sports, romance, and the pop-psych crazes of the Seventies
The survivors by Robin Williams( Visual )

9 editions published between 1983 and 2002 in English and Undetermined and held by 205 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 and briefly become media heroes--then quickly learn about the price and perils of survival in an insane world. The bandit is freed by a bureaucratic slip-up and goes gunning for Sonny and Donald, who discover that their survival depends on their friendship at all costs
Smile( Visual )

7 editions published between 1990 and 2004 in English and Spanish and held by 193 WorldCat member 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
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WorldCat IdentitiesRelated Identities
Please stand by : a prehistory of television
A simple wishDiggstownPrime cutSmile
Alternative Names
Michael Ritchie Amerikaans filmregisseur (1938-2001)

Michael Ritchie director de cine estadounidense

Michael Ritchie director de cinema estatunidenc

Michael Ritchie réalisateur américain

Michael Ritchie regista statunitense

Michael Ritchie US-amerikanischer Regisseur

Ritchie, Michael, 1938-

Ritchie, Michael Brunswick 1938-2001

Smithee, Allen 1938-2001

Ритчи, Майкл американский кинорежиссёр

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مايكل ريتشي مخرج أفلام أمريكي

مایکل ریچی کارگردان آمریکایی



English (276)

French (4)

Spanish (3)

Basque (1)

Italian (1)