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Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986)

R | | Comedy | 31 January 1986 (USA)
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 »
Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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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:

Down and Out in Beverly Hills See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,726,495, 2 February 1986

Gross USA:

$62,134,225

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$62,134,225
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

This film was made and released in the same 1986 year as another American "Down and Out" titled production which was the 1986 documentary Down and Out in America (1986). See more »

Goofs

When Dave and Jerry are at the beach we see the sun setting behind them, very much toward the northern horizon. As the movie is set around Christmas, the sun should be setting well to the south. It's obvious that the scene was filmed in late Spring or early Summer. See more »

Quotes

Dave Whiteman: [Barb is visibly smashed] Hey, Barb?
Barbara Whiteman: Mmmmmm?
Dave Whiteman: I thought we weren't going to drink any more.
Barbara Whiteman: Well, Dave, yeah. It's true. I *am* a vegetarian. But I hear... that vodka... comes from a potato!
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in DuckTales: Down and Out in Duckburg (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Helium Bar
Written and Performed by The Weirdos
Original footage produced by Hack Productions
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Well-meaning comedy shows its age
21 July 2000 | by stephen nizSee all my reviews

Seen today, DOWN AND OUT IN BEVERLY HILLS is hampered by its obvious eighties-ness, which still doesn't detract from its fair quota of charms. When a homeless man, Jerry (played by the ever-reliable Nick Nolte) is saved from drowning in the swimming pool of nice-guy millionaire Dave (Richard Dreyfuss), his subsequent welcome into their family has unpredictable implications for Dave's badly-adjusted lot.

The humour is still by-and-large amusing after all these years (a highlight being when Dreyfuss hangs out on the beach with Nolte's fellow bums), even if the periphery characters are slight and shallow. The appearance of Little Richard early-on signals he's got to find a piano before the film is through. Unfortunately, his character - a black record producer unhappy at the implicit racism of the suburbs - has nothing else to do in the mean time.

While it hasn't stood the test of time, hamstrung by its good intentions and badly compromised ending, DOWN AND OUT IN BEVERLY HILLS is an amusing diversion. The most surprising outcome you draw from watching again a family that does not communicate is just how well the issues were addressed in AMERICAN BEAUTY, an altogether darker comedy, but more funny, sincere and resonant.


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