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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 »

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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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Did You Know?

Trivia

Film debut of Alexis Arquette, who plays one of Max's androgynous friends. Twenty years later, Arquette would make headlines for transitioning from male to female. 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

Doctor Von Zimmer: Has there been some recent change in living arrangements?
Barbara Whiteman: [flatly] We have a houseguest.
Doctor Von Zimmer: Oh.
[looks at Jerry]
Doctor Von Zimmer: How long are you staying?
Dave Whiteman: He's staying as long as he likes. And if the doggy doesn't like it, then the doggy can find other living arrangements.
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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 »


Soundtracks

I LOVE L.A.
Written and Performed by Randy Newman
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
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Excellent all around
22 November 2006 | by caa821See all my reviews

Still funny upon seeing it the second time - 20 years after its first-run viewing. Every character is likable - Nolte, Dreyfuss and Midler in the starring roles, and every one of the primary co-star and the supporting cast.

Nolte is an outstanding actor, and this role and his harder-edged character in the great "North Dallas Forty," are among his very best. Many actors exhibit far different personalities off-screen than "on" ( e.g. Nicholson), or are downright goofy in real life (Cruise, Jolle, Affleck/Lopez, etc.). But I've never seen any whom I wish might be more like his on-screen persona than Nolte. The guy has charisma, believability, and is completely likable in every role.

Here, he staggers, pretty much literally, homeless, into the mansion of a Beverly Hills wealthy family as dysfunctional (although pleasantly so) as any on the planet.

Of course, his presence and "counsel" take care of all their neuroses - bringing a relaxed enjoyment of life to Dreyfuss, a reawakening of sexual delight in Midler, enjoyment (and relief from anorexia/bulimia) to the winsome daughter, direction to the frustrated adolescent son, happiness to the sexy Latino maid, and effecting a change in the family pooch to where he can now enjoy the pleasant life of a contented, happy pet.

The diversions and hi-jinks in the story are also pleasant - often these necessary components of a film can detract - and the equally necessary closing events lead to a pleasant rapprochement and a happy ending.

An excellent, "feel good" viewing experience.


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