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Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills (1989)

R | | Comedy | July 1989 (USA)
The widow's houseboy and the divorcee's chauffeur bet on which will bed the other's employer first.

Director:

Paul Bartel

Writers:

Paul Bartel (story), Bruce Wagner (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jacqueline Bisset ... Clare Lipkin
Ray Sharkey ... Frank
Mary Woronov ... Lisabeth Hepburn-Saravian
Robert Beltran ... Juan
Ed Begley Jr. ... Peter
Wallace Shawn ... Howard
Arnetia Walker ... To-Bel
Paul Bartel ... Dr. Mo Van De Kamp
Paul Mazursky ... Sidney
Edith Diaz Edith Diaz ... Rosa
Rebecca Schaeffer ... Zandra
Barret Oliver ... Willie Saravian
Jerry Tondo Jerry Tondo ... June-Bug
Susan Saiger ... Kelly
Michael Feinstein ... Himself
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Storyline

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. The ghost of Claire's husband Sidney starts ...

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A delightfully offensive comedy from the director of "Eating Raoul." See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

July 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A játék neve: Beverly Hills See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$25,635, 4 June 1989

Gross USA:

$2,156,471

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,156,471
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Company Credits

Production Co:

North Street Films See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color
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Trivia

After seeing the object of his obsession in this film, in which she appeared in bed with a male actor, Robert John Bardo decided there and then that actress Rebecca Schaeffer should die. After getting her home address in Los Angeles, Bardo showed up on her doorstep on July 18, 1989 with a .357 Magnum revolver and confronted the young actress. After getting her autograph, Bardo wandered off but returned an hour later. He rang her doorbell and when Schaeffer responded, Bardo shot her, point blank, in the chest. She screamed "why?!" before collapsing in a pool of blood. Her murder woke Hollywood up to the dangers of stalkers towards celebrities. Bardo is serving a life sentence, without the possibility of parole, for the murder. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Clare Lipkin: On earth, as it is in heaven, Give us this day, our daily bread, And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those that trespass against us, Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, For thine is the Kingdom and the power...
Zandra: Mother, how much longer do we have to have Daddy at the table?
Clare Lipkin: And the glory...
Dr. Van Kamp: It is pushing it, Clare. Sidney's been dead a week already.
Clare Lipkin: For *ever*. Amen.
Dr. Van KampZandraLisabeth Hepburn-Saravian: Amen.
Lisabeth Hepburn-Saravian: Now, leave Clare alone.
Clare Lipkin: It's so hard to let go. To say goodbye.
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Crazy Credits

After the introductory credits the following can be found: 'for L.B. who might have smiled' See more »


Soundtracks

Piano Music
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Music by Melissa Verde
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whip smart satire
1 June 2006 | by moonvine27See all my reviews

One of the unsung gems of the 1980's, Scenes... features razor-sharp satire and outstanding performances from Arnetia Walker (how did she not get a ton of roles after this?)and Wallace Shawn. It's a delicious send-up of class warfare and the people in those classes. The writing is hilarious and the characters, while not subtle, are nuanced. And, sorry, but the Asian gangs (if you can call one Japanese guy extorting one of the other characters a "gang") were not put in for "sociological value" as another review implies they should been. The value here lies in what the movie is making fun of and in the sparklingly wicked way it does it. I found it creative, funny, and idiosyncratic.


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