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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 »
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(60 articles)
User Reviews:
Great acting and casting provide plenty of laughs. 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)
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
One of a number of movies that actor Richard Dreyfuss made at the Walt Disney film studios during the 1980s under the studio's Touchstone Pictures banner.See more »
Goofs:
Incorrectly regarded as 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:
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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Nick Nolte: No Exit (2008)See more »
Soundtrack:
IT'S A MATTER OF TIMESee more »

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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Great acting and casting provide plenty of laughs., 28 November 2010
Author: TOMASBBloodhound from Omaha, NE USA

Sure it hasn't dated all that well, but look at this 1986 hit as a nice time capsule of L.A. from that time period. A period that basically ended with the sobering and terrifying riots of 1992. Down and Out in Beverly Hills deals with a well-to-do yet dysfunctional family having its priorities rearranged by a bum who first attempts to drown himself in their swimming pool. Nick Nolte, looking only a little scruffier than his 2002 Hawai'ian shirt mugshot plays the Jerry Baskin character on different levels. Early on he seems much like the typical run of the mill schizophrenic homeless person chasing after a dog who found himself a better owner. Then, after his dunk in the pool, we see that he is actually quite intelligent and observant. Almost instantly he sees what is wrong with everyone in the household. He just can't seem to point any of that intellect toward improving his own situation. Even when it is laying there right in front of him.

The patriarch of the family is Dave Whiteman who embodies some of Richard Dreyfuss's better work. He is very successful, yet he it just too uptight. Something seems lacking for him. It isn't the appearance of the bum that sets him off. He actually is the one who most wants him to stay if perhaps to live vicariously through him in some ways. Bette Middler is on hand as Dave's sexually unfulfilled wife who mostly spends her time with worthless self-help gurus. She even has one hired for their cutesy little dog. Nolte is apparently the only man around who has what it takes to recharge her batteries in bed! The family has an attractive yet obviously anorexic daughter and an androgynous son. A sexpot Hispanic maid is also on hand for Dave to use at his will... that is until Nolte moves in on her as well. The film takes place over about a month's time and there really isn't much plot to speak of other than seeing how these characters are altered by Nolte's character.

The film has several funny moments, and thankfully Ms. Middler is not allowed to sing too much. The theme song by the Talking Heads is always welcome to the human ear. Some of the comedy, mostly involving the cutesy dog reactions and Little Richard's exasperated yelling are more annoying than anything else. There are some great performances and many funny observations about successful Angelinos at that time. Not much of a message to be learned from any of it, however. Maybe that is why it works. 8 of 10 stars.

The Hound.

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