Down and Out in Beverly Hills

January 31st, 1986


Down and Out in Beverly Hills

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Beverly Hills couple Barbara and Dave Whiteman are very rich but not happy Dave is a hard working business man...

Release Year: 1986

Rating: 6.0/10 (7,830 voted)

Director: Paul Mazursky

Stars: Nick Nolte, Bette Midler, Richard Dreyfuss

Beverly Hills couple Barbara and Dave Whiteman are very rich but not happy Dave is a hard working business man, his wife is only interested in yoga, aerobics and other meditation classes, and he sleeps with the house maid. Their teenage son is confused about his sexuality and their daughter is suffering from eating disorders. While they are celebrating thanksgiving having plenty of food, street tramp Jerry is hungry, homeless, sleeping rough and has lost his dog. Jerry decides to end his life by drowning himself in their swimming pool. Dave rescues him and invites him to stay for a while. How does this stranger change the life style of this family?

Writers: René Fauchois, Paul Mazursky

Nick Nolte - Jerry Baskin
Bette Midler - Barbara Whiteman
Richard Dreyfuss - David 'Dave' Whiteman
Little Richard - Orvis Goodnight
Tracy Nelson - Jenny Whiteman
Elizabeth Peña - Carmen
Evan Richards - Max Whiteman
Donald F. Muhich - Doctor 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

Taglines: See what happens when a dirty bum meets the filthy rich.

Release Date: 31 January 1986

Filming Locations: 802 N. Bedford Drive, Beverly Hills, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $5,726,495 (USA) (2 February 1986) (806 Screens)

Gross: $62,134,225 (USA)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

When Dave (Richard Dreyfuss) and Jerry (Nick Nolte) are out to lunch, Jerry is approached by a character who asks if she had seen him at the Cannes film festival, "something to do with Nicaragua". Nick Nolte previously starred in Under Fire, set in Nicaragua.

Crew or equipment visible: Camera equipment is reflected in the patio doors as various characters run towards the pool where Jerry is drowning.

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!

User Review

Entertaining comedy with scene-stealing dog

Rating: 9/10

"Down and Out in Beverly Hills" is a very funny 1986 comedy from director Paul Mazursky. Nick Nolte stars as a down-and-out bum who one day, after his dog leaves him and goes to live somewhere else, tries to drown himself in the swimming pool of a rich couple. The man of the house (played delightfully by Richard Dreyfuss) saves his live and decides to take him in despite the objections of his wife (played wonderfully by Bette Midler). The bum becomes an influence over everybody in the household. Plus, their dog starts to love the bum. There are big laughs throughout the film, though the movie is a little less funny than Bette Midler's other 1986 comedy "Ruthless People". Still, "Down and Out" has some terrific performances from Midler, Dreyfuss, Nolte, and the rest of the supporting cast. But the real scene-stealer here is the performance by Mike the Dog as Matisse, the canine with a dog psychiatrist. Mike gives one of the best performances by an animal of all-time.

***1/2 (out of four)


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