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Life Stinks (1991)

 -  Comedy | Romance  -  26 July 1991 (USA)
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A filthy rich businessman bets a corporate rival that he can live on the streets of L.A. without the comforts of home or money, which proves to be tougher than he thought.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Goddard Bolt
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Molly
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Vance Crasswell
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Pritchard
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Sailor
Rudy De Luca ...
J. Paul Getty
Teddy Wilson ...
Fumes
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Knowles
Matthew Faison ...
Stevens
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Willy
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Mean Victor
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Yo
Carmine Caridi ...
Flophouse Owner
Sammy Shore ...
Reverend at Wedding
Frank Roman ...
Spanish Interpreter
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Storyline

A rich businessman makes a bet he can survive on the streets of a rough Los Angeles neighborhood for 30 days completely penniless. During his stay he discovers another side of life and falls in love with with a homeless woman. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Comedy | Romance

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Release Date:

26 July 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Life Sucks  »

Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$4,102,526 (USA)
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Trivia

The first Mel Brooks film not to be a "genre spoof" since 1970s The Twelve Chairs (1970), a gap of around twenty-one years. See more »

Quotes

[Bolt is in an over-medicated coma]
Molly: I know you wanna give up, but you're wrong. Even without money, life is good.
[Bolt shakes his head; he can hear her]
Molly: No? What about when-when you didn't eat for two days and then you had your first big meal at the mission? Wasn't that good?
[Bolt shakes his head]
Molly: Remember the other night? When we drank champagne and danced... and rolled around in rags?
[Bolt raises his eyebrows]
Molly: I know they're only moments, but that's all life is: Just a bunch of moments. Most ...
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Easy to Love
Words and Music by Cole Porter
© 1936 Chappell & Co. (Renewed)
All Rights Reserved
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Adventures on the streets of Downtown LA
26 December 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Growing up around downtown LA as a kid in the seventies didn't look much different than it does today as far as the kinds of odd characters you'll run into while passing through it and I think this movie really captures some of the authentic types of characters you meet when you really get to know them, but you also run into those other types that are always looking for trouble as also depicted in this Mel Brooks movie who brings a lighter and even comical side to this scenario that is so prevalent and filmed in downtown Los Angeles.

Mel Brooks also stars as Goddard Bolt, a ruthless billionaire who soon begins to experience how the other half lives by unintentionally making a bet with his conniving business associates, from there he goes from riches to rags and meets some strange, funny but good hearted souls on the streets as well as endless comical mishaps, but with the help of a bag lady (Lesley Ann Warren) he begins to discover what really matters most unlike his former business associates.

Although this is one of my favorite movies, I still think the ending could have been done much better, but the comedy throughout never ends.


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