Ritchie Interview
This is a Visual History Recording

Visual History with Michael Ritchie

Interviewed by: Jeremy Kagan

In one of the first ever interviews conducted for the DGA’s Visual History Program in 2000, award-winning director Michael Ritchie recounts a long career of directing feature films and movies for television. As this was an early interview, sections of the audio and video are imperfect and not up to current Guild standards.

Michael Ritchie explains why The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom has such a long title.

Ritchie defines what it means for a director to be deeply involved in a script and how he brought truth to The Candidate.

How he reversed Walter Matthau's initial decision to turn down the role of Coach Morris Buttermaker in Bad News Bears.