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Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986)

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

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Dave Whiteman
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Orvis Goodnight
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Carmen
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Matisse (as Mike)
Donald F. Muhich ...
Dr. Von Zimmer
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Sidney Waxman
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Pearl Waxman
Jack Bruskoff ...
Mel Whiteman
Geraldine Dreyfuss ...
Sadie Whiteman
Barry Primus ...
Lou Waltzberg
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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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See what happens when a dirty bum meets the filthy rich.

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31 January 1986 (USA)  »

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Le clochard de Beverly Hills  »

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$14,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$62,134,225 (USA)
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Trivia

Richard Dreyfuss sports a mustache in this movie whilst Nick Nolte sports a beard at the start of the film but this is refined to just a mustache by the second act. See more »

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Near the end of the film during the pool scene when they've all jumped in, if you look closely you will see Max Whiteman in the pool. But just a a couple of minutes later, he appears on screen with his friends and then jumps into the pool with them. See more »

Quotes

Dave Whiteman: [Barb is visibly smashed] Hey, Barb?
Barbara Whiteman: Mmmmmm?
Dave Whiteman: I thought we weren't going to drink any more.
Barbara Whiteman: Well, Dave, yeah. It's true. I *am* a vegetarian. But I hear... that vodka... comes from a potato!
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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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Referenced in Dear John: Down and Out in Rego Park (1990) See more »

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HELIUM BAR
Written and Performed by The Weirdos
Original footage produced by Hack Productions
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23 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

One of the charms of Down and Out is it's "dated" quality. Paul Mazursky has a great talent for capturing an era in popular culture and some of his movies, such as Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice are incredible historical records of their times as well as durable entertainment. Down and Out jump-started Richard Dreyfuss' flagging career, as well as Bette Midler's as a movie actress and Little Richard as a popular singer. This is something modern audiences probably don't know, just a historical side note. Nick Nolte prepared for the part by actually living on the street and not bathing for a month. An actor who takes his parts seriously.

Another fun quality of Mazursky's films is that he puts his friends and family into his movies. Don Muhich, the dog psychiatrist, was Paul's psychotherapist in the '70s and has that role in two other Mazursky movies (B&C&T&A and Blume in Love)


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