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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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Goddard Bolt
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Vance Crasswell
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Pritchard
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Sailor
Rudy De Luca ...
J. Paul Getty
Teddy Wilson ...
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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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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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From Fortune 500 ... to fortune's fool.

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26 July 1991 (USA)  »

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Life Sucks  »

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$13,000,000 (estimated)

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$4,102,526 (USA)
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According to film critic Roger Ebert, the movie features "a premise [Mel] Brooks and his writers have borrowed from Sullivan's Travels (1941), the 1939 Preston Sturges classic in which Joel McCrea plays a Hollywood director who went on the road as a bum". See more »

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Goddard Bolt: They force me to live in the crap, and now they're taking the crap away? No!
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Easy to Love
Words and Music by Cole Porter
© 1936 Chappell & Co. (Renewed)
All Rights Reserved
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It wasn't bad, just different.
17 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Being a fan of Mel Brooks movies in general, it wasn't hard for me to find this movie enjoyable. Many Mel Brooks fans like the laugh-a-minute spoof humor that is usually incorporated into the movies. This one was slightly more serious then his other movies, not having as many puns and witty banters and physical humor jokes. It was really more of a drama with a couple scenes here and there with the Mel Brooks humor. A lot of my friends who are also Mel Brooks fans, found this movies to be less enjoyable simply because of the lack of humor. A few of my friends who had never really cared for Mel Brooks movies liked this one more simply because it was more serious, and with less of the typical Brooks styled jokes. All in all it was a really good movie, and I thought it was well written. While this movie isn't my favorites of the Mel Brooks movies (how can one compete with Spaceballs, Robin Hood: Men in Tights, Young Frankenstien, etc.?) it was still enjoyable, and I don't think it's nearly as bad as some people are making it to be.


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