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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.

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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
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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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Comedy

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31 January 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Le clochard de Beverly Hills  »

Box Office

Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$62,134,225 (USA)
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Trivia

The film was notable for featuring Nick Nolte eating dog food twice, once out of a dog bowl and then later out of a pet food can. See more »

Goofs

When Dave and Jerry are at the beach we see the sun setting behind them, very much toward the northern horizon. As the movie is set around Christmas, the sun should be setting well to the south. It's obvious that the scene was filmed in late Spring or early Summer. See more »

Quotes

Dave Whiteman: Hey. You, uh, haven't said anything about the car.
Jenny Whiteman: It's nice.
Dave Whiteman: Yeah? You don't think it's, uh, too Beverly Hills?
Jenny Whiteman: Daddy, you work very hard for your money. You don't have to justify anything.
Dave Whiteman: I know, it's just that, you know... maybe I'm feeling a little guilty.
Jenny Whiteman: Guilt sucks.
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in The Facts of Life: Down and Out in Malibu: Part 2 (1987) See more »

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I LOVE L.A.
Written and Performed by Randy Newman
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
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Paul Mazursky on familiar ground
14 November 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Paul Mazursky's southern California update of Jean Renoir's 1932 comedy 'Boudo Saved From Drowning' stars Nick Nolte as a skid row derelict rescued from attempting suicide in the backyard swimming pool of upscale executive Richard Dreyfuss. Installed quite suddenly in the lap of luxury, Nolte begins exerting unusual influence over his benefactors, but the ambiguity of the character and his intentions is needlessly destroyed in the final scenes. Mazursky is on familiar ground for most of the movie, as always at his best when mocking the lifestyles of the rich and trendy, but it's a shame that he felt compelled to combine scenes of near sublime social satire with indiscriminate numbskull farce. Someone should have told him that seeing people fall fully clothed into a swimming pool (as most of the cast is required to do at the film's climax) is only funny when you're there to witness it firsthand.


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