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The American Success Company (1980)

PG | | Comedy, Drama | March 1980 (USA)
A husband is humiliated at home and at work. He decides he has had enough of it and hires a prostitute to help him get back at his boss, wife and friends and get a lot richer in the process.


William Richert


Larry Cohen (screenplay), Larry Cohen (story) | 1 more credit »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeff Bridges ... Harry
Belinda Bauer ... Sarah
Ned Beatty ... Mr. Elliott
Steven Keats Steven Keats ... Rick Duprez
Bianca Jagger ... Corinne
John Glover ... Ernst
Mascha Gonska ... Greta
Michael Durrell ... Herman
Eva Maria Meineke ... Mrs. Heinemann
Günter Meisner ... Maitre d'
David Allen Brooks ... Gunter (as David Brooks)
Marie Bardischewski Marie Bardischewski ... Landlady
Sebastian Baur Sebastian Baur ... Magician
Peer Brensing Peer Brensing
Judith Brown


A husband is humiliated at home and at work. He decides he has had enough of it and hires a prostitute to help him get back at his boss, wife and friends and get a lot richer in the process.

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Success. A Modern Fairytale See more »


Comedy | Drama



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Release Date:

March 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Good as Gold See more »

Filming Locations:

Munich, Bavaria, Germany

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Columbia Pictures See more »
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Alternate Versions

The film was originally released under the title "The American Success Company" (AKA "Good as Gold" or "The Ringer"). It was later re-edited slightly and released under the title "American Success". In 2005 it was re-edited by Brian Q. Kelley, with the inclusion of some deleted footage and a new narration by Jeff Bridges, under the title "Success -- The Director's Cut". This new version was screened at the Munich Film Festival in 2006. See more »


Referenced in Endless Lust (1984) See more »

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One of the Best Movies of all time!
17 January 2005 | by bkdb1See all my reviews

Jeff Bridges stars in this very humorous story about a guy who is considered to be a loser by his wife, his boss (his father-in-law), and everyone who knows him. He decides to change his life, and become the man he has always wanted to be.

Many men will relate to this story. It serves as a real eye-opener, showing how the power of positive thinking and self-respect can influence those around us, and help us change our fate if we choose to so so. The movie, directed by William Richert, is very fun and enjoyable to watch, and should be considered an American classic...It currently has a substantial cult following, and it is extremely hard to find. All Jeff Bridges fans should definitely see it. There are some scenes which may seem controversial by today's standards, but the movie was ahead of it's time in several ways, just like the Bridges film "Winter Kills".

Look for the version titled "Success"... it is the best version to see if you can find it. (Other titles include "American Success Company", "Good as Gold" or "The Ringer").

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