Strike It Rich (1990 film)

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Strike It Rich
Theatrical release poster
Directed by James Scott
Produced by Graham Easton
Written by James Scott
Graham Greene
Music by Shirley Walker
Cinematography Robert Paynter
Distributed by Miramax Films
Release dates
26 January 1990
Running time
87 min
Country UK
Language English
Box office $541,626[1]

Strike It Rich is a 1990 romantic comedy motion picture starring Robert Lindsay and Molly Ringwald. Others in the cast include John Gielgud.

It was directed by James Scott, who also adapted the screenplay based on the novel Loser Takes All by Graham Greene.


The story is set in the 1950s. A young American woman living in London, Cary Porter (played by Ringwald), recently started 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.