Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986)

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A rich but troubled family find their lives altered by the arrival of a vagrant who tries to drown himself in their swimming pool.


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  • Richard Dreyfuss and Nick Nolte in Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986)
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  • Bette Midler and Nick Nolte in Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986)
  • Richard Dreyfuss and Nick Nolte in Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986)

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21 June 2000 | jhaggardjr
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| Entertaining comedy with scene-stealing dog
"Down and Out in Beverly Hills" is a very funny 1986 comedy from director Paul Mazursky. Nick Nolte stars as a down-and-out bum who one day, after his dog leaves him and goes to live somewhere else, tries to drown himself in the swimming pool of a rich couple. The man of the house (played delightfully by Richard Dreyfuss) saves his live and decides to take him in despite the objections of his wife (played wonderfully by Bette Midler). The bum becomes an influence over everybody in the household. Plus, their dog starts to love the bum. There are big laughs throughout the film, though the movie is a little less funny than Bette Midler's other 1986 comedy "Ruthless People". Still, "Down and Out" has some terrific performances from Midler, Dreyfuss, Nolte, and the rest of the supporting cast. But the real scene-stealer here is the performance by Mike the Dog as Matisse, the canine with a dog psychiatrist. Mike gives one of the best performances by an animal of all-time.

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