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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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Cast

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Clare Lipkin
Ray Sharkey ...
Frank
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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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Sidney
Edith Diaz ...
Rosa
Rebecca Schaeffer ...
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Willie Saravian
Jerry Tondo ...
June-Bug
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Kelly
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Himself
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The story of this social satire and soap parody follows two rich white upper class families living in Beverly Hills, California. Recently widowed Claire is a once popular sitcom star, who dreams of a Hollywood comeback. She and her daughter Zandra are not very close, even though they live in the same house, so she turns to her best friend Lisbeth for comfort. Lisbeth is a socialite with her own set of problems. Her alcoholic husband Howard left her for another woman. Her son Willie is terminally ill and hopelessly in love with Zandra, who doesn't even notice him. Lisbeth's poor playwright brother Peter is in love with Claire, even though he just got married in Vegas to sassy To-Bel, a woman he barely knows. Meanwhile, Claire's houseboy Juan and Lisbeth's bisexual chauffeur bet on which of the two will seduce his cougar boss first. Several other plot points make things even more complicated. It turns out that To-Bel has a secret past. The ghost of Claire's husband Sidney starts ...

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A játék neve: Beverly Hills  »

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$2,156,471 (USA)
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Trivia

Juan says he wants to "make the crossover" like Rubén Blades. This is a reference to Blades's movie, Crossover Dreams (1985), in which a smalltime Latin musician makes the crossover into major fame (and back again). See more »

Quotes

Juan: This is for sure, some twisted sh**.
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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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References Crossover Dreams (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

Doctor Gradus Ad Parnassum
and "Golliwog's Cake Walk"
from "The Childrens' Corner Suite"
Written by Claude Debussy
Performed by Teodor Paraschivescu (as Theodore Paraskivesco)
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A tongue-in-cheek look at love and honor in a valueless culture.
29 January 1999 | by (Sacramento, CA) – See all my reviews

Pre-Voyager Robert Beltran and the the often-maligned Mary Woronov are the real stars of this show about the meaning of love and honor among those who know little of either.

While that sounds really dull and serious, keep in mind that this is one of the "sideways" comedies of Paul Bartel, the man who brought us "Eating Raoul," and starring the usual Bartel suspects.

The script is funny, all parts are fully fleshed, these are real people...not anyone I'd want to know personally, for the most part.


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