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 bum. Flamboyant musician Little Richard also makes an appearance, and contributed the song "Great Gosh a'Mighty" to the soundtrack. The song's success led to a revitalization of his career.

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. The R rating is due to profanity as well as a brief scene showing a maid in bed having sex on top, another first for Disney. However, countless R-rated films have since received distribution by Disney, under subsidiaries such as Touchstone, Miramax Films, and Hollywood Pictures. Walt Disney Pictures, the flagship family-oriented brand, has yet to release a film with a rating stronger than PG-13.


David "Dave" Whiteman (Dreyfuss) and his wife, Barbara, played by Bette Midler, portray a couple whose 20-year marriage is unfulfilling. Dave is having an affair with their live-in maid, played by Elizabeth Peña, while Barbara tries to relieve the anxiety she constantly feels by experimenting with various New Age therapies.

A "Down and Out" homeless man named Jerry Baskin (Nick Nolte), wanders into the backyard of the Whiteman's Beverly Hills home, and tries to drown himself in the couple's pool. Dave helps Jerry get back on his feet. The family is initially disgusted by Jerry, but they end up growing fond of him after getting to know him better.


Production creditsEdit

Mino Argento – Paintings[1]

Box officeEdit

The movie was a financial success, on a budget of $14,000,000, the film grossed $92,000,000 in the US alone.[2] The critical response for the film was mostly positive as it currently holds an 84% rating on review aggragator Rotten Tomatoes based on 25 reviews.[3] [4][5]

Location of Whiteman HouseEdit

The house used as the Whitemans' house is at 802 N. Bedford Drive off Sunset Boulevard in Beverly Hills. However, the alley in the back of the house was filmed at 722 N. Rexford Drive, one block north of director Paul Mazursky's house on Alpine Drive.Script error

Television seriesEdit

Main article: Down and Out in Beverly Hills (TV series)


Down and Out in Beverly Hills
Various Artists
Released 1986 (1986)
Recorded 1986
Genre Soundtrack
  1. "Great Gosh A'mighty! (It's A Matter Of Time)" - Little Richard
  2. "California Girls" - The Beach Boys
  3. "El Tecaliteco" - Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan
  4. "I Love L.A." - Randy Newman
  5. "Tutti Frutti" - Little Richard
  6. "Down And Out In Beverly Hills" Theme" - Andy Summers
  7. "Search For Kerouac" - Andy Summers
  8. "Nouvelle Cuisine" - Andy Summers
  9. "Wave Hands Like Clouds" - Andy Summers
  10. "The Mission Blues" - Andy Summers
  11. "Jerry's Suicide Attempt" - Andy Summers

See alsoEdit


  1. "Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986)". The New York Times. 
  2. "New Movies Make Inroads At Box Office". Sun Sentinel. Retrieved 2010-12-22. 
  3. "MOVIE REVIEWS : MAKING MOST OF INFLUENCE : 'Down and Out in Beverly Hills' Is Up and at 'Em With On-Target Satire". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2012-06-10. 
  4. "Down and Out in Beverly Hills". Chicago Sun Times. Retrieved 2012-06-10. 
  5. "THE SCREEN: BEVERLY HILLS GOTHIC". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-06-10. 

External linksEdit

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