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Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986)

A rich but troubled family find their lives altered by the arrival of a vagrant who tries to drown himself in their swimming pool.

Director:

Paul Mazursky

Writers:

René Fauchois (play), Paul Mazursky (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nick Nolte ... Jerry Baskin
Bette Midler ... Barbara Whiteman
Richard Dreyfuss ... Dave Whiteman
Little Richard ... Orvis Goodnight
Tracy Nelson ... Jenny Whiteman
Elizabeth Peña ... Carmen
Evan Richards ... Max Whiteman
Mike the Dog Mike the Dog ... Matisse (as Mike)
Donald F. Muhich Donald F. Muhich ... Dr. Von Zimmer
Paul Mazursky ... Sidney Waxman
Valerie Curtin ... Pearl Waxman
Jack Bruskoff Jack Bruskoff ... Mel Whiteman
Geraldine Dreyfuss Geraldine Dreyfuss ... Sadie Whiteman
Barry Primus ... Lou Waltzberg
Irene Tsu ... Sheila Waltzberg
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Storyline

Beverly Hills couple Barbara and Dave Whiteman are very rich but not happy Dave is a hard working business man, his wife is only interested in yoga, aerobics and other meditation classes, and he sleeps with the house maid. Their teenage son is confused about his sexuality and their daughter is suffering from eating disorders. While they are celebrating thanksgiving having plenty of food, street tramp Jerry is hungry, homeless, sleeping rough and has lost his dog. Jerry decides to end his life by drowning himself in their swimming pool. Dave rescues him and invites him to stay for a while. How does this stranger change the life style of this family? Written by Sami Al-Taher <staher2000@yahoo.com>

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Taglines:

See what happens when a dirty bum meets the filthy rich.

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 January 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Un loco suelto en Beverly Hills See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,726,495, 2 February 1986, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$62,134,225

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$91,411,255
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Nick Nolte's character remarks that he became a bum in part because he was "pretty active politically in the '60s. Sold some draft cards." In real life, Nolte received five years' probation for selling fake draft cards in the 1960s. See more »

Goofs

Near the end of the film during the pool scene when they've all jumped in, if you look closely you will see Max Whiteman in the pool. But just a a couple of minutes later, he appears on screen with his friends and then jumps into the pool with them. See more »

Quotes

Barbara Whiteman: Eating again, Dave? Well, it's your colon.
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Crazy Credits

The credits open on scenes showing sites featured in Beverly Hills The end credits scroll on the alleyway outside the Whiteman's home, during which a bum pushing a trolley walks by, pauses to check on the Whiteman's dumpster, then continues on his way. See more »


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HELIUM BAR
Written and Performed by The Weirdos
Original footage produced by Hack Productions
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Entertaining comedy with scene-stealing dog
21 June 2000 | by jhaggardjrSee all my reviews

"Down and Out in Beverly Hills" is a very funny 1986 comedy from director Paul Mazursky. Nick Nolte stars as a down-and-out bum who one day, after his dog leaves him and goes to live somewhere else, tries to drown himself in the swimming pool of a rich couple. The man of the house (played delightfully by Richard Dreyfuss) saves his live and decides to take him in despite the objections of his wife (played wonderfully by Bette Midler). The bum becomes an influence over everybody in the household. Plus, their dog starts to love the bum. There are big laughs throughout the film, though the movie is a little less funny than Bette Midler's other 1986 comedy "Ruthless People". Still, "Down and Out" has some terrific performances from Midler, Dreyfuss, Nolte, and the rest of the supporting cast. But the real scene-stealer here is the performance by Mike the Dog as Matisse, the canine with a dog psychiatrist. Mike gives one of the best performances by an animal of all-time.

***1/2 (out of four)


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