Taglines: See what happens when a dirty bum meets the filthy rich.
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?
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. Released by Touchstone Pictures, a film label of The Walt Disney Studios, Down and Out in Beverly Hills has the distinction of being the first R-rated film ever released by Disney.
Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986)
Directed by: Paul Mazursky
Starring: Nick Nolte, Bette Midler, Richard Dreyfuss, Little Richard, Tracy Nelson, Elizabeth Peña, Valerie Curtin, Paul Mazursky
Screenplay by: Paul Mazursky
Production Design by: Pato Guzman
Cinematography by: Donald McAlpine
Film Editing by: Richard Halsey
Costume Design by: Albert Wolsky
Set Decoration by: Jane Bogart
Art Direction by: Todd Hallowell
Music by: Andy Summers
Distributed by: Buena Vista Distribution
Release Date: January 31, 1986