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Writers:
René Fauchois (play)
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Release Date:
31 January 1986 (USA) See more »
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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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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)
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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Trivia:
When Dave (Richard Dreyfuss) and Jerry (Nick Nolte) are out to lunch, Jerry is approached by a character who asks if she had seen him at the Cannes film festival, "something to do with Nicaragua". Nick Nolte previously starred in Under Fire (1983), set in Nicaragua.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When the alarm is set off in the beginning of the movie, Max Whiteman jumps out of his bed and grabs his video camera. As he leaps from the bed it is apparent that he is wearing a man's night gown. He runs directly onto the front driveway and appears in long-john underwear.See more »
Quotes:
Dave Whiteman:Max, I think it's time you stopped all this screwing around and started to learn the hanger business.
Max Whiteman:I don't like hangers.
Dave Whiteman:You don't like hangers? It's hangers that clothe you, and it's hangers that feed you!
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Waking Sleeping Beauty (2009)See more »
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CALIFORNIA GIRLSSee more »

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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
A homeless man is a adopted by a rich family, 22 July 2007
Author: blanche-2 from United States

Nick Nolte is "Down and Out in Beverly Hills," a 1986 film directed and co-written by Paul Mazursky and starring Richard Dreyfuss, Bette Midler, Elizabeth Pena, Little Richard, and Tracy Nelson. Nolte is Jerry, a street person so low even his dog leaves him for a kind jogger. While searching for his dog, he stumbles onto the property of Dave and Barbara Whiteman - Whiteman is a clothes hanger king living the good life in Beverly Hills. Filling his pockets with rocks, Jerry attempts suicide by diving into the Whiteman pool, but is saved and ultimately taken in by Dave. Jerry isn't particularly grateful - he wants Courvoisier instead of the alcohol offered him, and, given dinner, questions the meat on the turkey. Dave, guilty about his wealth, bored with his life, and wanting to do some good, buys Jerry clothes and lets him live at the mansion. He even offers Jerry jobs, which Jerry doesn't accept. Jerry's history is on the vague side - he speaks of doing the concert piano circuit, he is recognized in a restaurant by as a writer, maybe he did some acting...hard to know. Before long, he's taken over the entire household, becoming the only one in the house that the Whiteman's psychologically disturbed dog, Matisse, can tolerate, Barbara Whiteman's masseuse and the man who finds her G-spot, the lover of housekeeper Carmen (Pena) after Dave goes back to sleeping with Barbara, the man who gets the Whiteman's anorexic daughter (Nelson) to fall in love with him and start eating; and the man who convinces the androgynous Whiteman son to come out to his parents. Too late, Dave realizes he's Dr. Frankenstein, and Jerry is the monster.

This is an entertaining film with dark undertones and good performances, particularly from Nolte, Dreyfuss, Midler, Pena and Mike (Matisse the dog). Little Richard is a riot as a neighbor. Nolte is in great shape here, as is Midler, who looks fantastic. The party scene toward the end of the film where Dreyfuss chases Nolte throughout the house and grounds is quite funny. The ending isn't the best, but it's a fun watch anyway.

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