A college freshman returns to L.A. for the holidays at his ex-girlfriend's request, but discovers that his former best friend has an out-of-control drug habit.

Director:

Marek Kanievska

Writers:

Bret Easton Ellis (novel), Harley Peyton (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Andrew McCarthy ... Clay
Jami Gertz ... Blair
Robert Downey Jr. ... Julian
James Spader ... Rip
Tony Bill ... Bradford Easton
Nicholas Pryor ... Benjamin Wells
Donna Mitchell ... Elaine Easton
Michael Bowen ... Hop
Sarah Buxton ... Markie
Lisanne Falk ... Patti
Michael Greene Michael Greene ... Robert Wells
Neith Hunter Neith Hunter ... Alana
Afton Smith ... Kim
Brian Wimmer ... Trent
Kelly Wolf Kelly Wolf ... Lile
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Storyline

Clay, an eighteen-year-old freshman, comes back from his first term at Princeton to spend his Christmas vacation with his broken-up wealthy family in Los Angeles. His former girlfriend, Blair, is now involved with his ex-best-friend, Julian. She warns Clay that Julian needs help: he is using a lot of cocaine and has huge debts. What follows is a look at the youth culture of wealthy post adolescents in Beverly Hills with a strong anti-drug message. Apart from the setting and the names, the film has very little to do with Bret Easton Ellis's book by the same title on which it was based. Written by Jeroen van Bree <J.vBree@kub.nl>

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In Beverly Hills, you can have anything your heart desires. You just can't have it the way it used to be. See more »

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Crime | Drama

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R | See all certifications »

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According to the IMCDb, the make and model of Clay Easton (Andrew McCarthy)'s car, the film's signature vehicle, was a red 1956 or 1957 Chevrolet Corvette [C1] convertible; it's actually a 1959 C2. See more »

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In the overhead shot of the Corvette skidding through the intersection, several other sets of tire marks are clearly left from previous takes. See more »

Quotes

Rip: Do you have something for me?
Julian: I had it all worked out. Christ. At least I thought I did.
[long pause]
Julian: I fucked up. I don't have any money. I don't know... I don't know where I'm going to get it.
Rip: [long pause] Julian, this cannot go on forever. You owe me a lot of cash, and I'm carrying you like I'm stupid.
Julian: I know, I know. Just... just please don't cut me off, okay?
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Referenced in Riverdale: Chapter Nineteen: Death Proof (2017) See more »

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Rock and Roll All Nite
Performed by Poison
Written by Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons
Courtesy of Enigma Records/Capitol Records
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Loved It
11 June 2006 | by battsantSee all my reviews

This movie should be considered a "Cult" classic. The movie captures the plight of a young teen's soul while in the drug world and the loyalty of friendship. The riveting performance of Robert Downey, Jr, who coincidentally won an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of Charlie Chaplin, was convincing as a spoiled rich kid gone bad.. why does that sound familiar ?!? James Spader was almost as intriguing as the pimp/drug dealer who was as cold as dry ice ! Andrew McCarthy however, seemed to be drowned by his supporting cast but has proved to be a beloved actor in his roles in "Pretty in Pink & St. Elmo's Fire ! Overall, I think that this movie started fans to really look at these fine actors as serious player's in the 1990's. I highly recommend having this in your collection !


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USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

6 November 1987 (USA) See more »

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Less Than Zero See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,008,987, 8 November 1987

Gross USA:

$12,396,383

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,396,383
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Dolby

Color:

Color | Black and White (flashbacks)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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