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Road to Ruin (1991)

Jack Sloan is a very wealthy American business man working in Paris who falls in love with a beautiful model. After a seed of doubt is planted by an associate that she is probably after his... See full summary »


Charlotte Brändström (as Charlotte Brandstrom)


Richard Gitelson (story), Eric Freiser (story) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Weller ... Jack Sloan
Carey Lowell ... Jessie Tailor
Michel Duchaussoy ... Julien Boulet
Nathalie Auffret Nathalie Auffret ... Girlfriend at Art Gallery
Pierre Belot Pierre Belot ... Driver
Antoine Blanquefort ... McGurk
Jean-Michel Dagory Jean-Michel Dagory ... Director
Philippe Dehesdin Philippe Dehesdin ... Maitre d'
William Doherty William Doherty ... Producer
Frédérique Feder ... Office Assistant
Steve Gadler Steve Gadler ... Man in London
Michael Goldman Michael Goldman ... Harvey Schulz
Gilles Guarderas Gilles Guarderas ... Policeman
Jean Guichard Jean Guichard ... Taxi Driver
Takashi Kawahara ... Toshi


Jack Sloan is a very wealthy American business man working in Paris who falls in love with a beautiful model. After a seed of doubt is planted by an associate that she is probably after his fortune, he hatches a scheme to test her love by pretending to lose his wealth. Has Jack found true love? This film is an exercise in trust in relationships with the City of Lights as the background. Written by Robert Svacha <chisox@azstarnet.com>

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Comedy | Romance


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France | USA


English | French

Release Date:

9 October 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Estrada da Ruína See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Carey Lowell had a successful career as a model. See more »


Jack Sloan: You're up to your arse in alligators, Julien. And I've just drained the swamp.
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Another romantic comedy with charm and surprises
6 November 2003 | by inkblot11See all my reviews

Jack Sloan (Peter Weller) is a very successful businessman, from Omaha, Nebraska, who now resides in Paris. Despite his humble, foster-child background, Jack has built himself up to a net worth of $250 million. Yet, he has few friends and a long string of brief romantic encounters that have failed to produce a lasting relationship. Enter Jessie (Carey Lowell). She is a fashion model who meets Jack at an art gallery. Jack is instantly smitten; Jessie has an initial lack of enthusiasm. As the romance kindles, however, Jack becomes worried that Jessie is only after his money. He schemes with a business partner to make it appear that Sloan Enterprises has gone belly up. Now, Jack works at a fast-food joint. Will Jessie stay true?

This endearing but unknown romantic comedy has several things going in its favor. First, Weller and Lowell exude charm and loveliness in abundance. Next, the Paris setting guarantees an attractive background for the story to unfold. Finally, the plot has enough surprises to keep the viewer on his or her toes. No, it's not When Harry Met Sally. But, perhaps, the only true negative aspect of the film is its lack of renown. It may be difficult to locate this little film at video stores and libraries. (This reviewer ordered hers from an on-line bookseller.) Yet, for all those who like their romances with comedy, this is still another choice for those crazy, lazy days.

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