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Down and Out in Beverly Hills


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)

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


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


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


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

Gross: $62,134,225

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:

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:
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)