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Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills (1989)

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



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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 <>

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July 1989 (USA)  »

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A játék neve: Beverly Hills  »

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$2,156,471 (USA)

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Dr. Van Kamp: When you get a bunch of rich fat people who are determined to get thin at any cost, some of them are going to die. It's a rule of thumb.
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References Crossover Dreams (1985) See more »


Doctor Gradus Ad Parnassum
and "Golliwog's Cake Walk"
from "The Childrens' Corner Suite"
Written by Claude Debussy
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Paul Bartel's Best
13 August 2000 | by (NYC, NY) – See all my reviews

I can't believe the user rating for this great film is so low! This is Paul Bartel's best film. It is a fantastically clever remake of "Rules of the Game" and is secretly beloved by film academics around the world. It is beautifully shot, well performed by an amazing cast and very well written. If you are a true fan of cinema, this one must not be missed. Hey Criterion, this film deserves a special edition DVD, get on it!

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