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Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills (1989)

R | | Comedy | July 1989 (USA)
The widow's houseboy and the divorcee's chauffeur bet on which will bed the other's employer first.

Director:

Paul Bartel

Writers:

Paul Bartel (story), Bruce Wagner (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jacqueline Bisset ... Clare Lipkin
Ray Sharkey ... Frank
Mary Woronov ... Lisabeth Hepburn-Saravian
Robert Beltran ... Juan
Ed Begley Jr. ... Peter
Wallace Shawn ... Howard
Arnetia Walker ... To-Bel
Paul Bartel ... Dr. Mo Van De Kamp
Paul Mazursky ... Sidney
Edith Diaz Edith Diaz ... Rosa
Rebecca Schaeffer ... Zandra
Barret Oliver ... Willie Saravian
Jerry Tondo Jerry Tondo ... June-Bug
Susan Saiger ... Kelly
Michael Feinstein ... Self
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Storyline

The story of this social satire and soap parody follows two rich white upper class families living in Beverly Hills, California. Recently widowed Claire is a once popular sitcom star, who dreams of a Hollywood comeback. She and her daughter Zandra are not very close, even though they live in the same house, so she turns to her best friend Lisbeth for comfort. Lisbeth is a socialite with her own set of problems. Her alcoholic husband Howard left her for another woman. Her son Willie is terminally ill and hopelessly in love with Zandra, who doesn't even notice him. Lisbeth's poor playwright brother Peter is in love with Claire, even though he just got married in Vegas to sassy To-Bel, a woman he barely knows. Meanwhile, Claire's houseboy Juan and Lisbeth's bisexual chauffeur bet on which of the two will seduce his cougar boss first. Several other plot points make things even more complicated. It turns out that To-Bel has a secret past. The ghost of Claire's husband Sidney starts ...

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A delightfully offensive comedy from the director of "Eating Raoul." See more »

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Comedy

Certificate:

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Trivia

Faye Dunaway was originally cast as Clare Lipkin. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Clare Lipkin: On earth, as it is in heaven, Give us this day, our daily bread, And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those that trespass against us, Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, For thine is the Kingdom and the power...
Zandra: Mother, how much longer do we have to have Daddy at the table?
Clare Lipkin: And the glory...
Dr. Van Kamp: It is pushing it, Clare. Sidney's been dead a week already.
Clare Lipkin: For *ever*. Amen.
Dr. Van KampZandraLisabeth Hepburn-Saravian: Amen.
Lisabeth Hepburn-Saravian: Now, leave Clare alone.
Clare Lipkin: It's so hard to let go. To say goodbye.
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Crazy Credits

After the introductory credits the following can be found: 'for L.B. who might have smiled' See more »

Connections

References Crossover Dreams (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

Happy Birthday to You
Written by Mildred J. Hill and Patty S. Hill
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Hilarious
6 August 2005 | by cpattisonSee all my reviews

Saw this movie on its release and have treasured it since. What a wonderful group of actors (I always find the casting one of the most interesting aspects of a film). Really enjoyed seeing dramatic actress Jacqueline Bisset in this role and Wallace Shawn is always a hoot. The script is smart, sly and tongue-in-cheek, poking fun at almost everything "Beverley Hills". Loved Paul Bartel's "doctor" and Ray Sharkey's manservant. This was raunchy and crude, but thank god! Unless you're a prude, I heartily recommend this movie. FYI for anyone who likes to play six degrees of Kevin Bacon, Mary Woronov & Paul Bartel were in "Rock & Roll High School". Mary Woronov and Robert Beltran were in "Night of the Comet" together. They were all three in "Eating Raoul".


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

July 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A játék neve: Beverly Hills See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$25,635, 4 June 1989

Gross USA:

$2,156,471

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,156,471
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Company Credits

Production Co:

North Street Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color
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