Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills

Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills is a 1989 American black comedy film co-written and directed by Paul Bartel. Scenes re-unites Bartel with his Eating Raoul co-stars Mary Woronov and Robert Beltran. Scenes also stars Jacqueline Bisset, Ray Sharkey, Ed Begley Jr., Wallace Shawn, Paul Mazursky, and Rebecca Schaeffer. Actress Rebecca Schaeffer was murdered shortly after the movie's release.[2]

Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills
Theatrical release poster
Directed byPaul Bartel
Produced byJames C. Katz
Screenplay byBruce Wagner
Story byBruce Wagner
Paul Bartel
Music byStanley Myers
CinematographySteven Fierberg
Edited byAlan Toomayan
North Street Pictures
Distributed byCinecom Pictures
Release date
  • June 3, 1989 (1989-06-03)
Running time
95 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$2,156,471[1]


Clare Lipkin is a recent widow, dealing with everything from house guest Lisabeth, to Lisabeth's libidinous ex, Howard, to family problems. She is also being haunted by the ghost of her recently deceased husband, Sidney.

Lisabeth's houseboy Juan and Clare's chauffeur Frank make a bet on which of them can seduce the other's employer first. The bisexual Frank puts up cash for the wager but if he wins he wants Juan to sleep with him. Juan wins the bet but claims that he lost and has sex with Frank anyway.


Cast notes:


Woronov was nominated for a 1989 Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female for her role.

Home media

Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills was released on Region 2 German DVD on May 18, 2005 and in Italy with its Italian title, Scene di lotta di classe a Beverly Hills. It has yet to be released on DVD in the United States.

The 1996 The Simpsons episode "Scenes from the Class Struggle in Springfield" parodies the title of this film.


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