MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 4,397 this week

Burglar (1987)

 -  Comedy | Crime  -  20 March 1987 (USA)
4.9
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 4.9/10 from 2,747 users  
Reviews: 26 user | 10 critic

Bernice "Bernie" Rhodenbarr is a burglar by trade, and she runs a bookstore as well. Her friend Carl Hefler is a dog groomer. After a successful burglary, it's discovered that a dead body ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(novels), (screenplay), 2 more credits »
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 45 titles
created 31 Dec 2011
 
a list of 10 titles
created 07 Jan 2012
 
a list of 48 titles
created 11 months ago
 
a list of 812 titles
created 10 months ago
 
a list of 46 titles
created 8 months ago
 

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Burglar (1987)

Burglar (1987) on IMDb 4.9/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Burglar.

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

In London, four very different people team up to commit armed robbery, then try to doublecross each other for the loot.

Directors: Charles Crichton, John Cleese
Stars: John Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A couple, cheated by a vile businessman, kidnap his wife in retaliation, without knowing that their enemy is delighted they did.

Directors: Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Bette Midler, Danny DeVito, Judge Reinhold
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Two New Yorkers are accused of murder in rural Alabama while on their way back to college, and one of their cousins--an inexperienced, loudmouth lawyer not accustomed to Southern rules and manners--comes in to defend them.

Director: Jonathan Lynn
Stars: Joe Pesci, Marisa Tomei, Ralph Macchio
Dragnet (1987)
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

The equally-straight-laced and "by the book" nephew of Joe Friday must work with his more laid-back partner to solve a mystery.

Director: Tom Mankiewicz
Stars: Dan Aykroyd, Tom Hanks, Christopher Plummer
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

The alumni of Commandant Lassard's Police Academy (1984) return to the school to train new recruits and prevent its closure.

Director: Jerry Paris
Stars: Steve Guttenberg, Bubba Smith, David Graf
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A bitter ex-husband. A put upon momma's boy. Both want their respective spouse and mother dead, but who will pull it off?

Director: Danny DeVito
Stars: Danny DeVito, Billy Crystal, Kim Greist
My Blue Heaven I (1990)
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

An all too uptight FBI agent must protect a larger than life mobster with a heart of gold, currently under witness protection in the suburbs.

Director: Herbert Ross
Stars: Steve Martin, Rick Moranis, Joan Cusack
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Two con men try to settle their rivalry by betting on who can swindle a young American heiress out of $50.000 first.

Director: Frank Oz
Stars: Steve Martin, Michael Caine, Glenne Headly
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A wise-cracking husband and wife team of ex-Spies arrive in New Orleans on maternity leave with their baby girl. There they are hassled by muggers, the police and their FBI boss, who wants ... See full summary »

Director: Herbert Ross
Stars: Kathleen Turner, Dennis Quaid, Fiona Shaw
Stir Crazy (1980)
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Skip and Harry are framed for a bank robbery and end up in a western prison. The two eastern boys are having difficulty adjusting to the new life until the warden finds that Skip has a ... See full summary »

Director: Sidney Poitier
Stars: Gene Wilder, Richard Pryor, Georg Stanford Brown
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

The misfit Police Academy (1984) graduates now are assigned to train a group of civilian volunteers to fight crime once again plaguing the streets.

Director: Jim Drake
Stars: Steve Guttenberg, Bubba Smith, Michael Winslow
Oscar (1991)
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Angelo "Snaps" Provolone made his dying father a promise on his deathbed: he would leave the world of crime and become an honest businessman. Despite having no experience in making money in... See full summary »

Director: John Landis
Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Ornella Muti, Don Ameche
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
Ray Kirschman
...
Dr. Cynthia Sheldrake
...
Carson Verrill
...
Detective Todras (as Anne DeSalvo)
...
Detective Nyswander
Elizabeth Ruscio ...
Frankie
...
K.E. Graybow
Larry Mintz ...
Vincent 'Knobby' DiCarno
Raye Birk ...
The Jogger
Eric Poppick ...
Deliveryman
...
Man in Cadillac
Thom Bray ...
Shoplifter in Bookstore
Nathan Davis ...
Mr. Paggif
Edit

Storyline

Bernice "Bernie" Rhodenbarr is a burglar by trade, and she runs a bookstore as well. Her friend Carl Hefler is a dog groomer. After a successful burglary, it's discovered that a dead body was in the house she burgled. As she's the only one who can be placed at the scene of the crime, she has to use her criminal skills to clear her name of the murder AND avoid getting charged with the burglary. Written by Afterburner <aburner@erols.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

A first rate comedy about a second story woman.

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

20 March 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Burglar  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Gross:

$16,337,355 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

,  »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Based on the book "The Burglar in The Closet". See more »

Goofs

In the scene when She enters the apartment three cigarette tab ends can be seen in the ash tray yet after she breaks out the closet and surveys the room only two are shown. See more »

Quotes

Carl Hefler: Cause I'm a black man in a white man's world...
Det. Nyswander: Uhh, Mr. Hefler, you're caucasian...
Carl Hefler: Beautiful! Hold THAT against me too!
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Calling Bobcat (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Bernie's Groove
Written and Performed by The Distance
Produced by Bernard Edwards
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
I Tat I Taw A Putty Cat...Burglar!
22 April 2004 | by (Orlando, Florida) – See all my reviews

Whoopie Goldberg is Bernie, a fast-talking ex-convict. She's not yet been able to give up the robbery work, despite constant reminders at the climax of each heist how she's "getting too old for this." And she would give it up were it not for Ray Kirschman (G.W. Bailey--he was Captain Harris in Police Academy), a detective who is hounding Bernie for $25,000 and a mink coat for his wife to keep from turning over evidence that could put her back behind bars. However, due to their friendly relationship, though Bernie is very calculating around Ray, it's hard to believe he would be a guy that would be blackmailing her. And halfway through the movie, they're hardly at odds with each other at all.

Bailey lets Bernie onto a high stakes heist. Dr. Cynthia Sheldrake (Leslie Anne Warren) is a dentist. Her patients are mostly illegal immigrants, so they pay in cash. With the cash, she and her husband bought some pretty expensive jewels, totaling somewhere around a hundred thousand or more. When they split up, Sheldrake's husband kept the jewels at his place and she wants them back. That's where Bernie comes into the picture. One last heist to make enough money to square with Bailey and in the end, get out of the business for good. It seems easy enough. That is, until Sheldrake's husband is murdered while Bernie was hiding out in the closet. And now, she's the prime suspect. But Bernie, a smart cookie that she is, isn't about to go down without a fight. And, she seems to be the only really intent on serving the murder and prove her innocence. And it isn't going to be easy.

Burglar isn't a whole lot of comedy as much as it is a murder mystery. Of course, with Whoopie Goldberg in the lead, you can expect a load of funny antics as Bernie sweet talks her way through the story with the help of her slurring spastic friend, Carl (Bobcat Goldwaith) who has some pretty funny moments himself, especially during the interrogation scene with John Goodman. Also, there's a pretty good chase scene as the cops chase Bernie through the wild hilly asphalt of San Fransico, with some of the chase done with camera views from the bumpers. But the movie, like I said before, is largely a murder mystery.

Unfortunately, the audience may start losing interest towards the end, as Bernie seems to have her end of the mystery solved. The movie puts on the brakes once she reports her findings to the wife Sheldrake and everyone drags their feet around deciding what to do then. By then, any suspense of Bernie's snooping around, is turned into a totally dull bit of scenes followed by a pretty lame conclusion. So, I'd say the movie was decent at least up to the end.


2 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
How hot did Whoopi Look in this movie? spin_a_rooni
Funny quotes jfw3
blue contacts? nizzy79
Wheres the widescreen DVD? 80s_was_better
Need help on a song in the movie bradburton2727
Time Out For The Burglar by the Jacksons bradburton2727
Discuss Burglar (1987) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?