Strike It Rich (1990 film)

Strike It Rich is a 1990 romantic comedy film directed by James Scott, who also adapted the screenplay based on the 1955 novella Loser Takes All by Graham Greene, and starring Robert Lindsay, Molly Ringwald, and John Gielgud.

Strike It Rich
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJames Scott
Produced byGraham Easton
Written byJames Scott
Graham Greene
Music byShirley Walker
CinematographyRobert Paynter
Distributed byMiramax Films
Release date
26 January 1990
Running time
87 min
CountryUnited Kingdom
Box office$541,626[1]


In the 1950s, a young American woman living in London, Cary Porter (played by Ringwald), starts working at a large multinational firm where she meets accountant Ian Bertram (played by Lindsay). He falls head over heels in love with her and soon proposes. The head of the company, Herbert Dreuther (played by Gielgud), offers them a wedding and to pay for a honeymoon in Monte Carlo, as well as the use of his yacht.

Unfortunately, the well-meaning Herbert soon forgets all about the couple and his promise to send his yacht. When it does not arrive, Ian decides he has a sound way to win at roulette in order to pay their large hotel bill. As he becomes involved at the gambling tables, he leaves Cary to herself, and although his plan works and he wins big, enough to pay their bill, get them home, and have plenty money left over, their marriage is in big trouble.


Ringwald wrote in The New Yorker that the film was partly rewritten (and later recut and retitled) at the behest of Harvey Weinstein after she had signed on to it, and that she felt that she and Lindsay "were essentially asked to turn our backs on [Scott] and film scenes that were not what we had agreed to"; she also alleges that she was eventually forced to sue Weinstein for her promised share of the gross.[2] Lindsay largely corroborated this story to the BBC, and asserted that he had confronted Weinstein over the script changes and lost career opportunities as a result.[3]


  1. ^ "Strike It Rich (1990) - Box Office Mojo". Retrieved 17 August 2017.
  2. ^ Ringwald, Molly. "All the Other Harvey Weinsteins". The New Yorker. Retrieved 27 October 2017.
  3. ^ "Robert Lindsay: 'Monster' Weinstein blacklisted me". BBC. Retrieved 3 December 2017.

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