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Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills (1989)

R | | Comedy | July 1989 (USA)
The widow's houseboy and the divorcee's chauffeur bet on which will bed the other's employer first.

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Clare Lipkin
Ray Sharkey ...
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Lisabeth Hepburn-Saravian
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Juan
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Peter
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Howard
Arnetia Walker ...
To-Bel
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Edith Diaz ...
Rosa
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Willie Saravian
Jerry Tondo ...
June-Bug
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Storyline

A divorcée, whose house is being fumigated, temporarily moves in with a friend, whose husband has recently passed away. Meanwhile two of the workmen make a bet that they can bed the women and the games are on. Mixed into the mess of filthy rich individuals are the divorcée's ex, her script-writer brother, his new African-American wife, the friend's precocious daughter, and the ghost of her husband. The film offers a satire on the social, racial, and hedonistic lifestyles of the rich and famous. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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A játék neve: Beverly Hills  »

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$2,156,471 (USA)
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Trivia

This was Barret Oliver's final role before his retirement from acting. See more »

Quotes

To-Bel: [to her husband] He explored certain dark parts of my continent previously undiscovered by your feeble playwrightin' ass, I got to thinkin' he was Lewis *and* Clark.
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After the introductory credits the following can be found: 'for L.B. who might have smiled' See more »


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Autumn Sunshine
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Music by Harold Smart
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whip smart satire
1 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

One of the unsung gems of the 1980's, Scenes... features razor-sharp satire and outstanding performances from Arnetia Walker (how did she not get a ton of roles after this?)and Wallace Shawn. It's a delicious send-up of class warfare and the people in those classes. The writing is hilarious and the characters, while not subtle, are nuanced. And, sorry, but the Asian gangs (if you can call one Japanese guy extorting one of the other characters a "gang") were not put in for "sociological value" as another review implies they should been. The value here lies in what the movie is making fun of and in the sparklingly wicked way it does it. I found it creative, funny, and idiosyncratic.


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