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Nick Nolte spent five weeks as a homeless person in preparation for his role.
Right before Richard Dreyfuss is rear-ended by the police car, he drives past a movie marquee advertising Jaws (1975), the movie that propelled him to stardom.
The fluid that Nick Nolte "vomits" into Richard Dreyfuss' face, after being rescued from drowning, was a combination of orange juice and beer.
When the alarm goes off and police helicopters hover over Dave Whitman's (Richard Dreyfuss) house, his son runs out of the house with a video camera and says, "Close encounters of the fourth kind, take one," a reference to Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), starring Richard Dreyfuss.
The first movie from the Disney company (produced/released under their "Touchstone" company) to receive an "R" rating from the MPAA.
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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.
One of two 1986 movies starring actress-comedian Bette Midler. The other film was Ruthless People (1986). Both were made by Touchstone Pictures. In both flicks, Midler's character was first named Barbara, Barbara Whiteman in this movie and Barbara Stone in the other film.
Nick Nolte's character remarks that he became a bum in part because he was "pretty active politically in the '60s. Sold some draft cards." In real life, Nolte received five years' probation for selling fake draft cards in the 1960s.
Since this film is a remake of Boudu Saved from Drowning (1932), (Boudu sauvé des eaux), which translates as "Boudu Saved From Drowning", the working title of the project was "Jerry Saved From Drowning", with Jerry Baskin (Nick Nolte) being the equivalent character to Priape Boudu (Michel Simon) in the original French film.
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Film debut of Alexis Arquette, who plays one of Max's androgynous friends. Twenty years later, Arquette would make headlines for transitioning from male to female.
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The name of Jerry Baskin (Nick Nolte)'s mutt was "Kerouac" whilst the name of the Whiteman's black-and-white dog was "Matisse". The latter was portrayed by Mike the Dog who even got seventh billing in the credits. Publicity for this picture reported that it was the debut feature film performance of Mike the Dog. The film is also Mike the Dog's only ever appearance in a cinema movie.
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In the spin-off TV series Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1987), Anita Morris plays Barbara Whiteman, the role originally played by Bette Midler in this movie. Morris and Midler co-starred in Ruthless People (1986) though they shared no scenes together in that film.
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When the Whiteman's son is filming around the house with a video-camera, Barbara Whiteman (Bette Midler) says to those present including Dave Whiteman (Richard Dreyfuss) that's how Steven Spielberg got his start. Dreyfuss starred in three Spielberg films: Jaws (1975), Always (1989) and Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977).
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The real-life location of the Whitemans' house is actually situated in Beverly Hills at 802 North Bedford Drive off Sunset Boulevard. The rear of the home though was shot somewhere else, actually just a block north of director Paul Mazursky's Alpine Drive house at 722 North Rexford Drive.
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Warren Beatty and Jack Nicholson were offered the lead roles.
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First of two films [to date, August 2013] that actress Bette Midler has made with director Paul Mazursky. The second was Scenes from a Mall (1991) which was made and released about five years later. That movie also had Beverly Hills as its setting, particularly the Beverly Center shopping mall on Beverly Boulevard in Los Angeles, California.
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The name of the song which the picture is bookended by was the catchy Talking Heads tune "Once in a Lifetime".
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One of a mid-late 1980s mini-cycle of movie comedies which starred Bette Midler that were all produced by the then new adult Walt Disney brand of Touchstone Pictures. The films include Big Business (1988), Ruthless People (1986), Outrageous Fortune (1987) and Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986).
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The movie was made and released about fifty-four years after Jean Renoir's source French film Boudu Saved from Drowning (1932) had been by first released in 1932.
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The make and model of Dave Whiteman (Richard Dreyfuss)'s luxury car was a white 1978 Corniche Series II Rolls-Royce convertible whilst the make and model of Barbara Whiteman (Bette Midler)'s luxury car was a cream 1980 Mercedes-Benz SL [R107] convertible.
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The movie spurred a short-lived television sitcom series, Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1987), which was broadcast the following year in 1987.
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The film was notable for featuring Nick Nolte eating dog food twice, once out of a dog bowl and then later out of a pet food can.
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Bette Midler first became famous as a singer and actually sings a song in one scene in this movie but this tune does not feature on the film's soundtrack.
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Star Billing: Nick Nolte (1st), Bette Midler (2nd), Richard Dreyfuss (3rd), Elizabeth Peña (4th), Little Richard (5th), Evan Richards (6th), Mike the Dog (7th) and Tracy Nelson (8th).
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The movie was made and released about sixty-seven years after René Fauchois' source French play "Boudu sauvé des eaux" ("Boudu saved from the waters") had been by first performed in 1919.
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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
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Burt Reynolds was considered for the Nick Nolte role.
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One of two cinema feature film collaborations of actor Richard Dreyfuss and director Paul Mazursky. The movies are Moon Over Parador (1988) and Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986).
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According to show-business trade-paper Variety, the film is a "comedy of manners" which "continues [writer-director] Paul Mazursky's love-hate relationship with the bourgeoisie and its institutions, especially marriage".
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One of a mini-cycle of 1980s "Beverly Hills" titled Hollywood movies that were made after the box-office success of 1984's Beverly Hills Cop (1984). The films include Beverly Hills Cop II (1987), Troop Beverly Hills (1989), Beverly Hills Vamp (1989), Beverly Hills Brats (1989), Beverly Hills Madam (1986), Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986) and Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills (1989).
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The customized license plate number on Dave Whiteman (Richard Dreyfuss)' car read "DAV BAR". "DAV-BAR" is also the brand name for Whiteman's line of coat-hangers which he made his fortune out of. Its product tagline read "Since 1964".
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Third of four writing collaborations of Leon Capetanos and Paul Mazursky. The pictures are Tempest (1982), Moon Over Parador (1988), Moscow on the Hudson (1984), Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986).
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Dave and Barbara ask about Mel Brooks's Thanksgiving Turkey. Richard Dreyfuss's first film was The Graduate (1967), which starred Brooks's wife, Anne Bancroft.
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Principal photography on this picture started in May 1985.
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When Mr. Whiteman is sneaking off to have an assignation with Carmen , the maid, he runs into Jerry who can't sleep on a soft bed. Mr. Whitemen insists on making his bagel and lox for Jerry, Mrs. Whitemen comes into the kitchen, as does Carmen . Mrs. Whitemen says "I heard a noise" , Mr. Whitemen says" Lots of rats around ." Beverly Hills actually has a severe rat problem, they make nests in the date palm trees.
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During the party sequence at the end Dr Zimmer the Dog Psychologist calls Matisse the dog, "Spider" when talking to the dog.
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The films lead cast of six players featured three of them named "Richard(s)". They were Richard Dreyfuss, Little Richard and Evan Richards
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This film was made and released in the same 1986 year as another American "Down and Out" titled production which was the 1986 documentary Down and Out in America (1986).
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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.
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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.
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Director Cameo 

Paul Mazursky: As the accountant Sidney Waxman.
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Spoilers 

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Jerry is out by the pool practicing Tai Chi , ancient Chinese exercise to help restore balance in your being.
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