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  • Actors: Nick Nolte, Richard Dreyfuss, Bette Midler, Little Richard, Tracy Nelson
  • Directors: Paul Mazursky
  • Producers: Paul Mazursky
  • Format: Subtitled, PAL
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios HE
  • DVD Release Date: 11 Jan. 2005
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006VXFLO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,188 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Wealthy coat-hanger mogul Dave Whiteman (Richard Dreyfuss) lives in luxury with his wife Barbara (Bette Midler) in Beverly Hills. But his cosy existence is turned upside-down when he saves tramp Jerry Baskin (Nick Nolte) from drowning in his swimming pool. Baskin moves in and soon his alternative views start to effect everyone around him, causing them all to question the validity of their chosen lifestyles.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nom de Plume on 4 April 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
If you've seen it before it's worth a re-visit and if you haven't seen it I recommend you do. LA looks splendid and it's a funny, well crafted movie with greater depths than the humour belies. If you think being wealthy in LA would be nice, this film shows that while it indeed would be a very comfortable life, we shouldn't forget that we can still have an empty place inside that only people can fulfil in whatever weird or wonderful way that may be.
Only some of the sets - most of which are still strikingly 'now' - date this humorous observation of what we have come to label affluenza. Nolte stars as the vagrant who finds himself suddenly living in the home of a successful business man and unwittingly gives each member of the dysfunctional family a little of what they discover is missing from their otherwise over-priviledged lives. The son's home made movies which he feels are his only form of communication with his disinterested parents are an insightful pre-cursor to the video-art with which we now may be more familiar (I won't make an essay of that - this isn't art history - although they could warrant comment themselves). Bette Midler is a riot as ever, despite the psuedo-zen aspirations of her character. Enjoyable cameo from Little Richard as their neighbour is attributed with revitalising his career.
So pleased it's available on DVD.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By schumann_bg TOP 50 REVIEWER on 25 Sept. 2014
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Down And Out In Beverly Hills is a 1986 update of Jean Renoir's Boudu Saved From Drowning, and although the French film is a classic I find the 80s version more entertaining, even if less sharp as a social critique. Nick Nolte imposes himself on the Whiteman household when he tries to drown himself in their pool, but is saved by the decent, stressed husband, Dave. He gradually takes root in the swanky villa and revitalises the lives of all the inhabitants. This leads to escalating friction with Dave - the excellent Richard Dreyfuss - after initially falling into a 'best buddy' rapport with him, taking him back to a more carefree, younger self. It seems as if the film is criticising consumerism, but it hardly matters that this falls by the wayside; it is all lightly held and doesn't need to be held up to the light and found wanting. Nolte is superb as the down-and-out Jerry, getting sexier by the scene after a grungy start, and Bette Midler is a delight as the wife who reconnects to her better self after some expert massage, leading to further hands-on action ... The son is implicitly gay, and treated with generosity also by the director Paul Mazursky, while the daughter, also problematised, goes down a parallel route to the mother. Such a film would not be complete without the maid, who gets in on the act as well. The film has one of the best dog roles in the cinema, Matisse being a most endearing and comical pet who steals a number of scenes, yet the tone avoids overt sentimentality. Little Richard is the neighbour who does a brilliant musical turn at a final party with fireworks and farcical chasing through the house, so it goes out on a blast of colour and movement, well, almost ...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By roger c willis on 19 May 2010
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Although its nearly 24 years since its release Down and Out in Beverly Hills still makes me laugh. As regards the cast list you could'nt ask for better Nolte, Midler and Spielbergs mate Richard Dreyfuss (Jaws and Stakeout) and the delightfull maid.. In the days when comedy was brighter and less romantic its a classic and another DVD to add to your collection. If you are in the 16 to 25 age group then its probably not for you but if you are an old fart like me its right up your street. Enjoy
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sumting different on 13 Jan. 2012
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Really like this film, 80's nostalgia at its best! Also it does have a good moral story to it, which makes it all the better. Nick Nolte is very good as the poor tramp, who 'stumbles' into Richard Dreyfuss's (characters) life and what a difference he makes to it!
Not wishing to give too much away to possible buyers, so I'll leave the plot at that. I would definitely recommend this film to anyone wishing to revisist the 1980's. Or those that wish to have a look at 1980's weathly lifestyle, coupled with a good message on how to look after those less well off than you..
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 Oct. 2000
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Paul Mazursky brings us an entertaining movie about a tramp who tries to kill himself in Richard Dreyfuss' swimming pool. Dreyfuss takes the tramp into his Beverly Hills home and slowly, but surely, he takes over the house.
It's typical 80s comedy - amusing, and entertaining, nothing more than that. Some good performances from Nick Nolte, and Bette Midler, and Richard Dreyfuss is brilliant as his neurotic self.
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Originally adapted from a play in the 30's by French film director Jean Renoir (as a showcase for French actor Michel Simon, as the tramp), this remake by Paul Mazursky is absolutely brilliant. In Renoir's version the tramp was the main character, here Nick Nolte's low key acting very tactfully gives strength to his character, physically contrasting Richard Dreyfus'volubility whom he helps discover the realities of life he overlooked while he was busy making a fortune out of having wire hangers made by latino workers (Duddy Kravitz eventually made it). Mazursky once directed a libertarian cat in “Harry and Tonto”, here he found a very gifted dog, Matisse. Emotionally disturbed,evidently like a majority of the population of Beverley Hills, he adds a new dramatic dimension to the mandatory Disney comedy pet acting. A sexually frustrated Bette Midler and a nosy Little Richard complete the cast but every supporting actor contributes to a very effective work, rhythmically irreproachable. Obviously an unforgettable movie since I purchased the DVD nearly thirty years after seeing the movie in a cinema.
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