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Life Stinks (1991)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy  |  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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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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Release Date:

26 July 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Life Sucks  »

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Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$4,102,526 (USA)
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The three conditions of the bet that Goddard Bolt (Mel Brooks) had to abide by for a month, as outlined by Wikipedia, were as follows: "#1) Bolt will be completely penniless; #2) He must wear an electronic anklet that will activate if he leaves the boundaries, forfeiting the bet if he exceeds thirty seconds out of bounds; #3) At no time can he reveal to any of the slum area residents that he is Goddard Bolt. If he succeeds, Bolt will gain the neighborhood for almost nothing". See more »

Quotes

Sailor: Pops ain't gonna be around long; his 'elevens' are up.
Goddard Bolt: What?
Sailor: His elevens! Look at the back of his neck. You see them two cords, stickin' out? They make, like, an 'eleven'. Once they're up that's it. He's a goner.
Fumes: Maybe he'll come back in the world as somethin' better. Personally, when I die, I'd like to come back as a bird.
Sailor: Why?
Fumes: Ohhh, because man, I could fly free, and easy, and if I saw someone I really didn't care for, I'd drop a hot one on 'em!
Sailor: When I die, I want to be 'excramated' and I ...
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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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