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Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986)

R | | Comedy | 31 January 1986 (USA)
A rich but troubled family find their lives altered by the arrival of a vagrant who tries to drown himself in their swimming pool.

Director:

Paul Mazursky

Writers:

René Fauchois (play), Paul Mazursky (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nick Nolte ... Jerry Baskin
Bette Midler ... Barbara Whiteman
Richard Dreyfuss ... Dave Whiteman
Little Richard ... Orvis Goodnight
Tracy Nelson ... Jenny Whiteman
Elizabeth Peña ... Carmen
Evan Richards ... Max Whiteman
Mike the Dog Mike the Dog ... Matisse (as Mike)
Donald F. Muhich Donald F. Muhich ... Dr. Von Zimmer
Paul Mazursky ... Sidney Waxman
Valerie Curtin ... Pearl Waxman
Jack Bruskoff Jack Bruskoff ... Mel Whiteman
Geraldine Dreyfuss Geraldine Dreyfuss ... Sadie Whiteman
Barry Primus ... Lou Waltzberg
Irene Tsu ... Sheila Waltzberg
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Storyline

Beverly Hills couple Barbara and Dave Whiteman are very rich but not happy Dave is a hard working business man, his wife is only interested in yoga, aerobics and other meditation classes, and he sleeps with the house maid. Their teenage son is confused about his sexuality and their daughter is suffering from eating disorders. While they are celebrating thanksgiving having plenty of food, street tramp Jerry is hungry, homeless, sleeping rough and has lost his dog. Jerry decides to end his life by drowning himself in their swimming pool. Dave rescues him and invites him to stay for a while. How does this stranger change the life style of this family? Written by Sami Al-Taher <staher2000@yahoo.com>

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Taglines:

See what happens when a dirty bum meets the filthy rich.

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 January 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Un loco suelto en Beverly Hills See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,726,495, 2 February 1986

Gross USA:

$62,134,225

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$62,134,225
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Star Billing: Nick Nolte (1st), Bette Midler (2nd), Richard Dreyfuss (3rd), Elizabeth Peña (4th), Little Richard (5th), Evan Richards (6th), Mike the Dog (7th) and Tracy Nelson (8th). See more »

Goofs

Barbara says to the radio psychologist that she is 26 years old, while Bette Midler was 41. Dave says he's 27, while Richard Dreyfuss was 39. Both appear too old for the stated ages. However, given the general age of their children they are clearly lying. See more »

Quotes

Barbara Whiteman: Eating again, Dave? Well, it's your colon.
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Crazy Credits

The credits open on scenes showing sites featured in Beverly Hills The end credits scroll on the alleyway outside the Whiteman's home, during which a bum pushing a trolley walks by, pauses to check on the Whiteman's dumpster, then continues on his way. See more »

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Featured in Troldspejlet: One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

ONCE IN A LIFETIME
Written by David Byrne & Brian Eno
Performed by The Talking Heads
Courtesy of Sire Records and EMI Records, Limited
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Infectious fun
28 May 2006 | by MOscarbradleySee all my reviews

This isn't one of Mazursky's better, serious films but it is an awful lot of fun nevertheless and it stays in the memory. It's an American reworking of Renoir's "Boudu sauve des eaux" and in the role of the scampish tramp it has the great Nick Nolte who looks like a disheveled bear. He's the Boudu character rescued by Beverly Hills businessman Richard Dreyfuss who is as genial and as soft as a poached egg and who radiates goodness. He's the kind of man who feels he has to set the world to rights but isn't pushy enough to do it. That can't be said of his jiggly wife, Bette Midler, who is brash, lewd and who seems to be wearing dresses several sizes too small for her. Midler moves like a mini tornado and her performance has some of the energy of her stage shows. Between them, Nolte, Dreyfuss and Midler bring combined wit and intelligence to the material. They seem to be having a right old time and their pleasure is infectious. Mazursky keeps things on a low boil and lets his players have their rein. It's to our advantage.


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