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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.

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Cast

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Clare Lipkin
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Frank
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Lisabeth Hepburn-Saravian
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Juan
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Peter
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Howard
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To-Bel
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Sidney
Edith Diaz ...
Rosa
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Willie Saravian
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June-Bug
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Kelly
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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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$2,156,471 (USA)
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Trivia

This was Barret Oliver's final role before his retirement from acting. See more »

Quotes

Juan: This is for sure, some twisted sh**.
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After the introductory credits the following can be found: 'for L.B. who might have smiled' See more »


Soundtracks

Doctor Gradus Ad Parnassum
and "Golliwog's Cake Walk"
from "The Childrens' Corner Suite"
Written by Claude Debussy
Performed by Teodor Paraschivescu (as Theodore Paraskivesco)
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Paul Bartel's Best
13 August 2000 | by (NYC, NY) – See all my reviews

I can't believe the user rating for this great film is so low! This is Paul Bartel's best film. It is a fantastically clever remake of "Rules of the Game" and is secretly beloved by film academics around the world. It is beautifully shot, well performed by an amazing cast and very well written. If you are a true fan of cinema, this one must not be missed. Hey Criterion, this film deserves a special edition DVD, get on it!


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