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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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Cast

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Orvis Goodnight
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Carmen
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Mike the Dog ...
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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Release Date:

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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Little Richard not only sang two songs for the film which are both featured on the movie's soundtrack but also played a fifth billed role in the picture as Orvis Goodnight See more »

Goofs

When Dave is returning home following his auto accident, there is a scene with a gardener in the background. He moves as if he is trimming grass around a palm tree, but the trimmer line is not spinning. 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

References Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

IT'S A MATTER OF TIME
Written and Produced by Little Richard & Billy Preston
Performed by Little Richard
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Fun And Games In Beverly Hills
25 August 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I may not know what's funny, but I know what I like. I thought this movie was absolutely hilarious. I don't know, or care if it is supposed to be a satire or not. Between the son and the dog and the neighbor and the anorexic daughter and the maid, not to mention the three main characters, there are many funny moments. Nick Nolte, insinuating himself on this dysfunctional family, headed by Richard Dreyfuss and Bette Midler, appears to steer them all in the right direction, with plenty of nice moments along the way.


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