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Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986)

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Release Date
Jan 31, 1986 (USA)
DVD Release Date
• R1: Feb 24, 2004
• R2: 17 Jan 2005

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Running Time
1 hour, 43 minutes

Country USA

Studio Buena Vista, Touchstone Pictures

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• Zoff in Beverly Hills (1986)

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Genre: Comedy, Scams And Cons, Christmas, Suspense, Gay/Lesbian, Satire, Infidelity

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

Plot: Bette Midler and Richard Dreyfuss star as Barbara and Dave Whiteman, a nouveau riche Beverly Hills couple whose entire household is turned upside down with one act of uncharacteristic generosity. On a typically sunny afternoon, Dave spies Jerry (Nick Nolte), a homeless man, attempting to drown himself in their swimming pool. Dave rescues Jerry and then invites him to stay with the family, shocking Barbara, his high maintenance wife; Max (Evan Richards), his disgruntled son; and Carmen (Elizabeth Peña), his unhappy mistress and maid. The Whiteman household is far from functional with an unsatisfying marriage, a son who communicates only through video footage, a daughter who has escaped to a faraway college, a doggy psychiatrist for their neurotic dog, and a constant stream of gurus for Barbara, who's trying to find inner peace. Jerry's unexpected arrival injects a jolt of energy into the sterile Beverly Hills family. He's charismatic and charming, and before long he has Dave partying with his homeless buddies, Barbara acting out her own wild and crazy sexual fantasies, Max admitting to his private life, and Carmen inciting communist revolt. As Jerry becomes part of the Whiteman family, he thrills them, disappoints them, and ultimately reminds them of what it means to be a family.

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 Directed by
Paul Mazursky
Moscow on the Hudson, Moon Over Parador, Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice
 Written by
Paul Mazursky
I Love You, Alice B. Toklas!, Antz, Carlito's Way
Nick Nolte
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Bette Midler
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Richard Dreyfuss
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Tracy Nelson
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Little Richard
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Evan Richards
Altered States, Mute Witness, Society
Donald F. Muhich
Amazon Women on the Moon, Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, Blume in Love
 Music By
Andy Summers
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