The story of this social satire and soap parody follows two rich white upper class families living in Beverly Hills, California. Recently widowed Claire is a once popular sitcom star, who dreams of a Hollywood comeback. She and her daughter Zandra are not very close, even though they live in the same house, so she turns to her best friend Lisbeth for comfort.
Lisbeth is a socialite with her own set of problems. Her alcoholic husband Howard left her for another woman. Her son Willie is terminally ill and hopelessly in love with Zandra, who doesn’t even notice him. Lisbeth’s poor playwright brother Peter is in love with Claire, even though he just got married in Vegas to sassy To-Bel, a woman he barely knows. Meanwhile, Claire’s houseboy Juan and Lisbeth’s bisexual chauffeur bet on which of the two will seduce his cougar boss first. Several other plot points make things even more complicated. It turns out that To-Bel has a secret past.
Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills is a 1989 American black comedy film co-written and directed by Paul Bartel. Scenes re-unites Bartel with his Eating Raoul co-stars Mary Woronov and Robert Beltran. Scenes also stars Jacqueline Bisset, Ray Sharkey, Ed Begley, Jr., Wallace Shawn, Paul Mazursky, and Rebecca Schaeffer.
Schaeffer appeared in her first major feature film role in what many critics considered to be a breakout performance; however, she was shot and killed by Robert John Bardo, an obsessed fan, just six weeks after the film was released.
Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills (1989)
Directed by: Paul Bartel
Starring: Jacqueline Bisset, Ray Sharkey, Mary Woronov, Robert Beltran, Ed Begley, Jr., Wallace Shawn, Arnetia Walker, Paul Bartel, Paul Mazursky, Rebecca Schaeffer
Screenplay by: Bruce Wagner
Production Design by: Alex Tavoularis
Cinematography by: Steven Fierberg
Film Editing by: Alan Toomayan
Costume Design by: Dona Granata
Set Decoration by: Bob Kensinger
Music by: Stanley Myers
Distributed by: Cinecom Pictures
Release Date: June 3, 1989