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Less Than Zero (1987)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama  |  6 November 1987 (USA)
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A college freshman returns to L.A. for the holidays at his ex-girlfriend's request, but discovers that his former best friend has an out-of-control drug habit.

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Bradford Easton
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Benjamin Wells
Donna Mitchell ...
Elaine Easton
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Hop
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Markie
Lisanne Falk ...
Patti
Michael Greene ...
Robert Wells
Neith Hunter ...
Alana
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Kim
Brian Wimmer ...
Trent
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Lile
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Clay, an eighteen-year-old freshman, comes back from his first term at a college in New Hampshire to spend his Christmas vacation with his broken-up wealthy family in Los Angeles. His former girlfriend, Blair, is now involved with his ex-best-friend, Julian. She warns Clay that Julian needs help: he is using a lot of cocaine and has huge debts. What follows is a look at the youth culture of wealthy post adolescents in Beverly Hills with a strong anti-drug message. Apart from the setting and the names, the film has very little to do with Bret Easton Ellis's book by the same title on which it was based. Written by Jeroen van Bree <J.vBree@kub.nl>

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In Beverly Hills, you can have anything your heart desires. You just can't have it the way it used to be. See more »

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Crime | Drama

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6 November 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Corrupción en Beverly Hills  »

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$12,396,383 (USA)
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Marek Kanievska was hired as director for two reasons and these were based on his direction of his critically acclaimed 1984 film Another Country (1984). This was because Kanievska had in that film (1) fashioned unsympathetic characters making them sympathetic and (2) been able to handle themes of bi-sexuality and sexual ambivalence. See more »

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Michael Bowen plays the character of Rip's enforcer in the film. He is only ever referred to as "Bill", but is incorrectly called "Hop" in the end credits. See more »

Quotes

Rip: Got a minute, sweetheart?
Julian: Surely.
Rip: We gots to talk business, friend.
Julian: Oh, no, all you need to do is relax. I'm gonna pay you back; all you have to do is *trust* me.
Rip: I don't wanna trust you, Julian, I just want my 50 K, all right?
Julian: Patience is next to Godliness, Rip, didn't I ever tell you that? Actually, it's the flip side of cleanliness, but it's still *pretty* fucking important if you ask me.
Rip: Then what the hell are we talking about, Julian?
Julian: We're talking about you giving me a G on spec.
Rip: No. No. ...
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Robert Downey Jr/Fiona Apple (1996) See more »

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Going Back To Cali
Performed by LL Cool J (as L.L. Cool J)
Written by Rick Rubin and LL Cool J (as James Todd Smith)
Courtesy of Def Jam Recordings/Columbia Records
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Great snapshot of a time gone by.
13 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The thing i love most about this movie is that it captures a generation. Whether you were one of the cocaine users, or drinkers, or school students, this movie really takes a picture. I was 18 and just graduating high school when this movie came out and for me the drug life was just beginning. The thing i like about this movie also is that it doesn't trivialize or glamorize drug use. It shows both sides of it. The great heights, the stunning lows. Its honest. And most of all it is realistic with everything it shows you. I give it a 9, a nearly perfect movie.I'm not sure why you have to have ten lines in your comments but I am writing thi sending to accomplish that goal. Enjoy.


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