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Release Date: January 31st, 1986

DVD Release Date: August 13th, 2002

R|1 hr 43 min

Plot Summary
Unlucky and homeless, Dave (Nick Nolte) decides to call it quits, and so sneaks into a stranger's backyard and tries to drown himself in the pool. However, Jerry's plans are stopped by the pool's owner, white-collar businessman Dave (Richard Dreyfuss), who pulls the tramp out of the water and into his home. But Dave's hospitality and his status-obsessed wife, Barbara (Bette Midler), don't impress Jerry, who ignores them and instead pursues the family's maid, Carmen (Elizabeth Peña).

Cast: Nick Nolte, Richard Dreyfuss, Bette Midler, Little Richard, Tracy Nelson, Elizabeth Peña, Evan Richards, Valerie Curtin

Director: Paul Mazursky

Genres: Comedy

Production Co: Touchstone Pictures

Keywords: Rivalry, Playful, Rescue, Son, Wife, Witty, Charming, Forbidden love, Love triangle, 1980s

Ratings & Reviews

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  • What's so funny about Down and Out In Beverly Hills is not its moral imperative to appreciate life's simple, enduring pleasures. True, we get that message, and we appreciate it, but we already know that motto even if we don't live by it. No, what's funny is director Mazursky's extraordinarily fine eye and ear for capturing the way the wealthy residents of Beverly Hills walk, talk, dress and think. show more

  • Perhaps I have made the movie sound too serious... So let me just say that Down and Out in Beverly Hills made me laugh longer and louder than any film I've seen in a long time. show more

  • Once you overlook the laborious contrivance of Jerry's background, Down and Out in Beverly Hills is a sharp, sweet comedy of affluent manners. [31 Jan 1986]

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Nominated Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical
Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy