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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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Release Date:
31 January 1986 (USA) See more »
See what happens when a dirty bum meets the filthy rich.
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 »
Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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An American Remake of a French Comedy Featuring a Winning Cast... See more (42 total) »


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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
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

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 »
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 »
Dave Whiteman:Got a license?
Jerry Baskin:Yeah.
Dave Whiteman:[hands him the keys] You drive.
Jerry Baskin:Okay. Where to?
Dave Whiteman:I don't know. Some days you just want to go, you know?
Jerry Baskin:Okay. Let's hit the beach. I got some friends down there.
Dave Whiteman:The beach?
Dave Whiteman:Who's going to run my business? Who's going to pay my bills? Who's...
Jerry Baskin:[interrupting] You got enough money to last *ten* lifetimes!
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Movie Connections:
Version of Boudu Saved from Drowning (1932)See more »
I LOVE L.A.See more »


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9 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
An American Remake of a French Comedy Featuring a Winning Cast..., 1 May 2007
Author: Isaac5855 from United States

DOWN & OUT IN BEVERLY HILLS is a smart American remake of the French film BONDU SAVED FROM DROWNING updated to modern day Beverly Hills. In this version, a homeless man accidentally wanders onto the property of a wealthy Beverly Hills family and tries to drown himself in their pool. Upon rescue, the family takes pity on him and take him in but the bum gets a little too comfortable and begins biting the hand that feeds him (in more ways than one). Nick Nolte gives a rock solid performance as Jerry, the homeless bum who ends up running the Whiteman home. Nolte has rarely been so convincing in a role...apparently he spent several weeks on the streets of LA pretending to be homeless in preparation for the role. Richard Dreyfuss plays Dave Whiteman, the wealthy owner of a hanger company who takes Jerry in and initially envies Jerry's freedom before Jerry goes too far. Bette Midler is very funny as Dave's social climbing wife Barbara and Tracy Nelson plays their snooty college student daughter. Evan Richards also has some funny moments as the Whiteman son, Max. Paul Mazursky's spirited direction (Mazursky also cameos as one of Dave's fat-cat friends)and a clever screenplay help to make this one of the more entertaining comedy confections from the 80's. There is also a scene-stealing performance by a dog named Mike, who plays the Whiteman family pet, Matisse.

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