Down and Out in Beverly Hills
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- For the television series based on the film, see Down and Out in Beverly Hills (TV series)
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Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Paul Mazursky|
|Produced by||Paul Mazursky
|Written by||Paul Mazursky
|Music by||Andy Summers|
|Edited by||Richard Halsey|
|Distributed by||Buena Vista Distribution|
|January 31, 1986|
Down and Out in Beverly Hills is a 1986 American comedy film based on the French play Boudu sauvé des eaux, which had previously been adapted on film in 1932 by Jean Renoir. Down and Out in Beverly Hills was directed by Paul Mazursky, and starred Nick Nolte, Bette Midler and Richard Dreyfuss. The film is about a rich but dysfunctional couple who save the life of a suicidal homeless man. Musician Little Richard also makes an appearance, and contributed the song "Great Gosh a'Mighty" to the soundtrack.
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David "Dave" Whiteman (Dreyfuss) and his wife, Barbara (Midler), are a couple whose 20-year marriage is unfulfilling. Dave is having an affair with the live-in maid (Elizabeth Peña), while Barbara tries to relieve her constant feelings of anxiety by experimenting with various New Age therapies.
A "down and out" homeless man named Jerry Baskin (Nolte) wanders into the backyard of the Whitemans' Beverly Hills home, and tries to drown himself in the pool. Dave helps Jerry get back on his feet. The family is initially disgusted by Jerry, but they end up growing fond of him after getting to know him better.
- Nick Nolte – Jerry Baskin
- Bette Midler – Barbara Whiteman
- Richard Dreyfuss – David 'Dave' Whiteman
- Elizabeth Peña – Carmen the Maid
- Little Richard – Orvis Goodnight
- Evan Richards – Max Whiteman
- Tracy Nelson – Jenny Whiteman
The movie was a financial success, on a budget of $14,000,000, the film grossed $62,000,000 in the US alone. The critical response for the film was mostly positive; it currently holds an 84% rating on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes based on 25 reviews.
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|Soundtrack album by Various Artists|
- "Great Gosh A'mighty!" - Little Richard
- "California Girls" - David Lee Roth
- "El Tecaliteco" - Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan
- "I Love L.A." - Randy Newman
- "Tutti Frutti" - Little Richard
- "Down and Out in Beverly Hills Theme" - Andy Summers
- "Search for Kerouac" - Andy Summers
- "Nouvelle Cuisine" - Andy Summers
- "Wave Hands Like Clouds" - Andy Summers
- "The Mission Blues" - Andy Summers
- "Jerry's Suicide Attempt" - Andy Summers
While not included on the soundtrack album, the film uses a remix of the Talking Heads song "Once in a Lifetime", as featured in their 1984 concert film Stop Making Sense and its companion album, in both the film's opening and closing credits.
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