Down and Out in Beverly Hills

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Writer: René Fauchois (play), Paul Mazursky (screenplay), Leon Capetanos (screenplay)
Run time: 103 min
Awards: Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations.

Based on the French play Boudu sauvé des eaux, Down and Out in Beverly Hills stars 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. 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 sex scene.

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