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Down and Out in Beverly Hills -- A street bum makes his home with a Beverly Hills family.

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Director:
Writers:
René Fauchois (play)
Paul Mazursky (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
31 January 1986 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
See what happens when a dirty bum meets the filthy rich.
Plot:
A rich but troubled family find their lives altered by the arrival of a vagrant who tries to drown himself in their swimming pool. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
How did I get here? See more (42 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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 ... Matisse (as Mike)
Donald F. Muhich ... Dr. Von Zimmer

Paul Mazursky ... Sidney Waxman

Valerie Curtin ... Pearl Waxman
Jack Bruskoff ... Mel Whiteman
Geraldine Dreyfuss ... Sadie Whiteman
Barry Primus ... Lou Waltzberg

Irene Tsu ... Sheila Waltzberg

Michael Yama ... Nagamichi
Ranbir Bahi ... Ranbir
Felton Perry ... Al

Eloy Casados ... Tom-Tom
Michael Greene ... Ed
Ken Koch ... Patrick

Dorothy Tristan ... Dorothy
Raymond Lee ... Yamato
Carolyn Allport ... Girl Feeding Kerouac
Sue Kiel ... Roxanne
Reza Bashar ... Iranian Neighbor

Joseph Makkar ... Iranian Boy
Jason Williams ... Lance
Darryl Henriques ... Geraldo
Nick Ullett ... Nigel
Michael Blue ... Cop
Allan Malamud ... Caterer
Salvador Espinoza ... Caterer's Assistant
Michel Voletti ... Maurice (as Michael Voletti)
Betsy Mazursky ... Stylish Jogger
Donald V. Allen ... Security Guard

Neil Brooks Cunningham ... Security Guard
Bobby Good ... Security Alarm Dispatcher
Sandy Ignon ... Barry
Margrit Rammé ... Sandra Goodnight
Pearl Huang ... Translator
Yung Sun ... Minister Chan
Eugene Choy ... Chinese Delegation
Mae Koh-Ruden ... Chinese Delegation
George Sasaki ... Chinese Delegation
Leland Sun ... Chinese Delegation
Andre Philippe ... Party Guest
Lew Hopson ... Paramedic

Carlton Cuse ... Water Man
Bill Cross ... Helicopter Pilot
Toni Grant ... Herself (as Dr. Toni Grant)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Alan Austin ... Cop in Helicopter (uncredited)

Kevin Deon ... Extra (uncredited)

Pamela Guest ... Policewoman (uncredited)

Sam Sako ... Call to Prayer Imam (uncredited)

Directed by
Paul Mazursky 
 
Writing credits
René Fauchois (play "Boudu sauvé des eaux")

Paul Mazursky (screenplay) &
Leon Capetanos (screenplay)

Produced by
Pato Guzman .... co-producer
Paul Mazursky .... producer
Geoffrey Taylor .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Andy Summers 
 
Cinematography by
Donald McAlpine (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Richard Halsey 
 
Casting by
Ellen Chenoweth 
 
Production Design by
Pato Guzman 
 
Art Direction by
Todd Hallowell 
 
Set Decoration by
Jane Bogart 
 
Costume Design by
Albert Wolsky 
 
Makeup Department
Edouard F. Henriques .... additional makeup artist
Renate Leuschner .... hair stylist (as Renate Leuschner-Pless)
Bob Mills .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
John C. Broderick .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Peter Bogart .... first assistant director
Jodi Ehrlich .... second assistant director
Eric Jewett .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Craig B. Ayers Sr. .... greens foreman
Michael C. Ayers .... property master (as M.C. Ayers)
Jeff Clark .... set painter
Michael Corenblith .... key set designer
Al Gaynor .... scenic artist
Rainer G. Gruetzmacher .... general construction foreman
Scott W. Leslie .... set dresser
Joe Murphy .... props (1986)
James Passanante .... stand-by painter
Phil Read .... construction coordinator
Robert Misetich .... paint foreman (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Crew Chamberlain .... production sound
Kevin F. Cleary .... sound re-recording mixer
David Dockendorf .... sound re-recording mixer
William F. MacPherson .... sound
Brian L. McCarty .... boom operator
Edward M. Steidele .... foley artist
William L. Stevenson .... supervising sound editor
Lee Strosnider .... sound mixer
James E. Webb .... production sound
Paul Wells .... sound re-recording mixer
 
Special Effects by
Ken Speed .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jamie Anderson .... camera operator
Dana Christiaansen .... first assistant camera
Ed Cooper .... best boy
Carl R. Gibson Jr. .... best boy
Norman Glasser .... gaffer (as Norm Glasser)
Michael A. Jones .... camera operator
Elliott Marks .... still photographer
Daniel P. Moore .... video operator
Richard Mosier .... camera loader
Bob Rose .... key grip
Peter Santoro .... second assistant camera
Stephen St. John .... steadicam operator
Sandy Williams .... dolly grip
 
Casting Department
Lisa Clarkson .... casting assistant
Franklyn Warren .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bruce Ericksen .... costumes: men
Pamela Wise .... costumes: women (as Pam Wise)
 
Editorial Department
Leon Briggs .... negative cutter
Frank E. Jimenez .... assistant editor
Richard Ritchie .... color timer (as Dick Ritchie)
Ron South .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Greg Fulginiti .... music engineer
Robert Randles .... music editor
Emilie Robertson .... music editor
Douglas Vaughan .... music playback
Robin Garb .... executive music producer (uncredited)
Tony Humecke .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Scott Fair .... driver: cast
Darwin Joston .... transportation captain
Gary Littlefield .... transportation coordinator
 
Other crew
Robert Banas .... choreographer (as Bob Banas)
James T. Colovin .... second trainer (as Jim Colovin)
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer
Dow Griffith .... location manager
Paul Hargrave .... production assistant
Lillian O. MacNeill .... script supervisor (as Lillian MacNeill)
Kool Marder .... production coordinator (as Kool Lusby)
Jill Mazursky .... production assistant
Clint Rowe .... owner: "Mike"
Clint Rowe .... trainer: "Mike"
Allen E. Taylor .... first assistant accountant
Nancy Willen .... unit publicist
 

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103 min
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Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
According to Rating the Movies, "Dale Launer's screenplay [for Bette Midler's other 1986 film Ruthless People (1986)] contains clever commentary on the culture of Los Angeles' nouveaux riche". Interestingly, the script for Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986) does the same.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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:I ate garbage last night, Barbara... and *loved* it!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Trouble with Barry (2013)See more »
Soundtrack:
I LOVE L.A.See more »

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9 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
How did I get here?, 26 May 2006
Author: johno-21 from United States

When Nick Nolte was arrested for DUI in 2002 and they published his mug shot picture I thought it was Jerry Baskin. I first saw this film during it's initial theatrical release and found it very amusing. This is a re-telling of playwright René Fauchois' Boudu sauvé des eaux that was made into a film in 1932. In this story the rescued drowning man is played by Nick Nolte who is a down and out former actor who is homeless and had but one friend, his stray dog. He can't find his dog and wanders into the backyard of a Beverly Hills dysfunctional and affluent family where he plans to end it all by drowning in their swimming pool. Homeowner Richard Dreyfuss comes to the rescue and the homeless man, Jerry becomes a wanted and unwanted guest in their home. Bette Midler is Dreyfuss' wife, Tracy Nelson is the daughter, Evan Richards is the son, Elizabeth Pena is the maid and Little Richard is the next-door-neighbor. A fun situational comedy, the screenplay was written by Paul Mazursky and Leon Capetanos who collaborated on several films with Mazursky. Mazursky is a multi-talented director/writer/producer/actor who also appears in this film. He got wrote and produced I Love You Alice B. Toklis and then went on to big success as the director of Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice. In the 70's he had some other notable films that he directed including Harry and Tonto and An Unmarried Woman but his only film of note in the 80's was Moscow on the Hudson and after Down and Out in Beverly Hills directed only seven other films of little note and his writing creativity seems to have stalled to as he only wrote four more screenplays in the past 20 years. Cinematographer Donald Mcalpine is this film's photographer. He's had recent success with Chronicles of Narnia. Some of his other films include Mrs. Doubtfire, Predator, My Brilliant Career and Breaker Morant. Andy Summers of the rock band the Police provides the music score. The Talking Heads song Once in a Lifetime which was 6 years old was used as the theme song of the film and it suddenly became a charting single. This is a good film if you've never seen it and a good look back to the 80's. I would give it an 8.0 out of 10.

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