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Down and Out in Beverly Hills Movie

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The poor get to see how the rich live in this 80s movie comedy. A rich couple saves a vagabond from suicide and shows him what life has to offer.

Down and Out in Beverly Hills DVD


For couple Barbara and Dave Whiteman (played by Richard Dreyfuss and Bette Midler) in Down and Out in Beverly Hills, things canít get any worse. They donít have a sex life and their kids are indecisive about where their own lives are heading.

Enter a street vagabond Jerry Baskin (played by Nick Nolte), who is about to end his life in the coupleís posh Beverly Hills pool. Lifestyles are about to change in Down and Out in Beverly Hills as Dave Whiteman rescues and invites the vagabond to stay with him and his family.


Jerry Baskin- Nick Nolte
Barbara Whiteman - Bette Midler
David 'Dave' Whiteman - Richard Dreyfuss
Orvis Goodnight - Little Richard
Jenny Whiteman - Tracy Nelson
Carmen - Elizabeth Pena
Max Whiteman - Evan Richards
Doctor von Zimmer - Donald F. Muhich
Sidney Waxman - Paul Mazursky
Pearl Waxman - Valerie Curtin
Mel Whiteman - Jack Bruskoff
Sadie Whiteman - Geraldine Dreyfuss
Lou Waltzberg - Barry Primus
Sheila Waltzberg - Irene Tsu
Nagamichi - Michael Yama


Nick Nolte prepared for his role as vagabond Jerry Baskin in Down and Out in Beverly Hills by living as a homeless person for five weeks.

Down and Out in Beverly Hills was released under Disney companyís Touchtone Pictures. It was the first movie to ever receive an R rating from the MPAA for any Disney film.

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The Movie Down and Out in Beverly Hills was released to theatres on 01/31/1986 by Buena Vista, and grossed $62,134,225 at the box office in the US.

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