Down and out in Beverly Hills

Overview

Often considered Bette Midler's comeback film, Paul Mazursky's Down and Out in Beverly Hills comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. Supplemental materials include trailers. This is a decent release from Disney/Buena Vista, but there is little here to interest the average DVD consumer. That is a shame considering this film's status as one of the ...
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Overview

Often considered Bette Midler's comeback film, Paul Mazursky's Down and Out in Beverly Hills comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. Supplemental materials include trailers. This is a decent release from Disney/Buena Vista, but there is little here to interest the average DVD consumer. That is a shame considering this film's status as one of the finest satires of the '80s.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Dolby Digital Surround Sound; Widescreen (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs
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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/13/2002
  • UPC: 786936124972
  • Original Release: 1986
  • Rating:

  • Source: Walt Disney Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Surround
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:43:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 6,201

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
Donald V. Allen Security Guard
Carolyn Allport Girl Feeding Kerouac
Alexis Arquette Band Member
Ranbir Bahi Ranbir
Reza Bashar Iranian Neighbor
Michael Blue Cop
Jack Bruskoff Mel Whiteman
Eloy Casados Tom Tom
Eugene Choy Chinese Delegation
Bill Cross Helicopter Pilot
Neil Cunningham Security Guard
Carlton Cuse Water Man
Mike the Dog Matisse
Geraldine Dreyfuss Sadie Whiteman
Salvador R. Espinoza Caterer's Assistant
Bobby Good Security Alarm Dispatcher
Dr. Toni Grant Herself
Michael Greene Ed
Darryl Henriques Geraldo
Lew Hopson Paramedic
Pearl Huang Translator
Sandy Ignon Barry
Sue Kiel Roxanne
Ken Koch Patrick
Mae Koh-Ruden Chinese Delegation
Raymond Lee Yamato
Joseph Makkar Iranian Boy
Allan Malamud Caterer
Betsy Mazursky Stylish Jogger
Felton Perry Al
Andre Philippe Party Guest
Barry Primus Lou Waltzberg
Bill Primus
Margrit Ramme Sandra Goodnight
George Sasaki Chinese Delegation
Yung Sun Minister Chan
Leland Sun Chinese Delegation
Dorothy Tristan Dorothy
Irene Tsu Shiela Waltzberg
Nick Ullett Nigel
Michel Voletti Maurice
Jason Williams Lance
Michael Yama Nagamichi
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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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Titles/Thanksgiving [14:17]
2. Trouble At The Whiteman House [6:44]
3. An Act Of Heroism [11:51]
4. Houseguest [13:10]
5. Dog Psychiatry [5:59]
6. A Day At The Beach [7:42]
7. Total Release [2:31]
8. Jerry Says... [10:36]
9. New Years Party [13:20]
10. Family/End Credits [8:53]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Scene Selection
   Sneak Peeks
      Deuce Bigalow, Male Gigolo
      Spy Hard
   Set Up
      English For The Hearing Impaired
      None
   Play
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