DVD 103 mins IMDB 5.9 (4,076 votes)
Down and Out in Beverly Hills
Buena Vista (1986)
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Nick Nolte Jerry Baskin
Richard Dreyfuss Dave Whiteman
Bette Midler Barbara Whiteman
Little Richard Orvis Goodnight / Chris 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
Jack Bruskoff Mel Whiteman
Geraldine Dreyfuss Sadie Whiteman
Barry Primus Lou Waltzberg
Irene Tsu Sheila Waltzberg
Michael Yama Nagamichi

Director Paul Mazursky
Producer Paul Mazursky
Writer René Fauchois; Paul Mazursky; Leon Capetanos
Cinematography Donald McAlpine
Musician Andy Summers
User Credit 1 Richard Halsey
User Credit 2 Bruce Ericksen; Albert Wolsky

Down and Out in Beverly Hills is an updated remake of the 1932 Jean Renoir film Boudu Saved By 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 Pena), 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 which compelled the Disney Company 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. — Hal Erickson

Edition Details
Barcode 786936124972
Region Region 1
Chapters 10
Release Date 2/24/2004
Packaging Keep Case
Screen Ratio Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Surround [CC]
Layers Single Side, Single Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 1

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User Lookup 1 DVD Copy
User Text 2 See what happens when a dirty bum meets the filthy rich.
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Trivia: Right before Richard Dreyfuss is rear-ended by the police car, he drives past a movie marquee advertising Jaws (1975), the movie that propelled him to stardom. (more)

Goofs: Continuity: The cream cheese in Baskin's beard disappears and reappears between shots. (more)

Dave Whiteman: Got a license?
Jerry Baskin: Yeah.
Dave Whiteman: [hands him the keys] You drive.
Jerry Baskin: Okay. Where to?
Dave Whiteman: I don't know. Some days you just want to go, you know?
Jerry Baskin: Okay. Let's hit the beach. I got some friends down there.
Dave Whiteman: The beach?
Dave Whiteman: Who's going to run my business? Who's going to pay my bills? Who's...
Jerry Baskin: [interrupting] You got enough money to last *ten* lifetimes!

Awards: Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 1 win & 2 nominations (more)