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The American Success Company (1980)

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.

Director:

William Richert

Writers:

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

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 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
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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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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

PG

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

March 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

American $uccess Company See more »

Filming Locations:

Munich, Bavaria, Germany

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Mono

Color:

Color
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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 , 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 »

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A movie with several different titles.
11 January 2001 | by asaidi-2See all my reviews

The "American Success Company" (AKA "Good as Gold" or "The Ringer"). It was later re-edited slightly and titled "American Success". Then it was re-edited again with many scenes switched around, a couple scenes added, and a narration by Jeff Bridges added and titled "Success".

I'm not sure why it was re-edited twice, but I think the reason might be related to the reason it was never released on video (except for a few copies when it was re-titled "Good As Gold") in the U.S.

It's a somewhat humorous story about a guy (Bridges) who's considered by his boss (Beatty) and his bosses daughter, who's also his wife (Bauer), to be a loser. So, with some makeup, some exercise, and some help from a local prostitute (Jagger) he becomes a new man. He also conceives a plan to steal a lot of money from the company that he works for (AM-SUC-CO, a movie version of American Express).

The last version ("Success") has a narration by Jeff Bridges, which clears up a lot of plot holes and confusion that are in the first two versions of the movie. Plus, I liked the extra scenes in the last version, which aren't in the previous two versions. "Success" is the version to see if you can find it.


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