Down and out in Beverly Hills

Down and out in Beverly Hills

Director: Paul Mazursky

Cast: Nick Nolte, Richard Dreyfuss, Bette Midler

     
 

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Down and Out in Beverly Hills is an updated remake of the 1932 Jean Renoir film Boudu Saved From Drowning. Philandering businessman Dave Whiteman (Richard Dreyfuss) rescues scraggly tramp Jerry Baskin (Nick Nolte) from drowning himself in Dave's swimming pool. Much against his will, Jerry is invited to enjoy the hospitality of Dave, his social-climbing

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Down and Out in Beverly Hills is an updated remake of the 1932 Jean Renoir film Boudu Saved From Drowning. Philandering businessman Dave Whiteman (Richard Dreyfuss) rescues scraggly tramp Jerry Baskin (Nick Nolte) from drowning himself in Dave's swimming pool. Much against his will, Jerry is invited to enjoy the hospitality of Dave, his social-climbing wife, Barbara (Bette Midler), and their sexually ambivalent son, Max (Evan Richards). The hapless hobo bonds only with the family dog, Matisse, which fascinates Barbara to the point that she's willing to share her bed (and a few other things) with him. Dave is twice cuckolded when Jerry makes out with the maid (Elizabeth Peña), with whom he has been carrying on a torrid -- and noisy -- affair. He plans to wreak revenge on the tramp, but several plot twists result in Dave and Jerry becoming bosom companions. Little Richard appears as the family's easily irritated next-door neighbor. Down and Out in Beverly Hills was the R-rated film that compelled Disney to create its adult-oriented Touchstone Films division. The property was later cleaned up for TV consumption and converted into a short-lived Fox-network sitcom.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Costello
Renoir's Boudu Saved From Drowning is the ostensible source of Paul Mazursky's hilarious satire of Beverly Hills affluence, but it seems much more like a comic version of Pasolini's Teorema. The story centers on Jerry (Nick Nolte), a homeless man who is prevented from drowning himself in a Beverly Hills swimming pool by its owner, Dave Richard Dreyfuss. Dave takes in the stranger, and it soon appears that Jerry is the answer to every family member's prayers. Mazursky's dissection of upper-crust anomie is surprisingly good-natured, suggesting that those in its grip are far worse off than a bum. Nolte's bewilderment at his hosts' embrace is quickly replaced by an instinctive sense of exactly how he fits into their lives, but Dreyfuss steals the movie as a man whose boredom with his lucrative business makes him comically grateful for this new diversion. Bette Midler also has an amusing turn as a shopper of world-class talents.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/13/2002
UPC:
0012257473032
Original Release:
1986
Rating:
R
Source:
Touchstone / Disney

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Nick Nolte Jerry Baskin
Richard Dreyfuss Dave Whiteman
Bette Midler Barbara Whiteman
Little Richard Orvis Goodnight
Tracy Nelson Jenny Whiteman
Elizabeth Peña Carmen
Evan Richards Max Whiteman
Donald F. Muhich Dr. Von Zimmer
Paul Mazursky Sidney Waxman
Valerie Curtin Pearl Waxman
Alexis Arquette Band Member
Ranbir Bahi Ranbir
Reza Bashar Iranian Neighbor
Salvador R. Espinoza Caterer's Assistant
Toni Grant Herself
Kenneth Koch Patrick
Mike the Dog Matisse
Bill Primus Actor
Yung Sun Minister Chan
Jack Bruskoff Mel Whiteman
Geraldine Dreyfuss Sadie Whiteman
Barry Primus Lou Waltzberg
Irene Tsu Shiela Waltzberg
Michael Yama Nagamichi
Felton Perry Al
Michael Greene Ed
Dorothy Tristan Dorothy
Raymond Lee Yamato
Carolyn Allport Girl Feeding Kerouac
Sue Kiel Roxanne
Joseph Makkar Iranian Boy
Jason Williams Lance
Darryl Henriques Geraldo
Nick Ullett Nigel
Michael Blue Cop
Allan Malamud Caterer
Michel Voletti Maurice
Betsy Mazursky Stylish Jogger
Donald V. Allen Security Guard
Neil Cunningham Security Guard
Bobby Good Security Alarm Dispatcher
Sandy Ignon Barry
Margrit Ramme Sandra Goodnight
Pearl Huang Translator
Eugene Choy Chinese Delegation
Mae Koh-Ruden Chinese Delegation
George Sasaki Chinese Delegation
Leland Sun Chinese Delegation
Andre Philippe Party Guest
Lew Hopson Paramedic
Carlton Cuse Water Man
Bill Cross Helicopter Pilot
Eloy Casados Tom Tom

Technical Credits
Paul Mazursky Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Jane Bogart Set Decoration/Design
Leon Capetanos Screenwriter
Pato Guzman Production Designer
Todd Hallowell Art Director
Richard Halsey Editor
Donald M. McAlpine Cinematographer
Bob Mills Makeup
Ken Speed Special Effects
Andy Summers Score Composer
Geoffrey Taylor Producer
Albert Wolsky Costumes/Costume Designer

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