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Burglar (1987)

R | | Comedy, Crime | 20 March 1987 (USA)
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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 »

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

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A first rate comedy about a second story woman.

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Comedy | Crime

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20 March 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Burglar - Die diebische Elster  »

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$16,337,355 (USA)
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Whoopi Goldberg wears blue contact lenses. See more »

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At the scene at the used book store when Bernice is on the phone trying to reach Abe Froman, the shoplifter approaches the counter to pay for the books. Bernice then locks the door and flips the closed sign leaving the two of them locked in the store. The shoplifter is caught and gets angry, and after Bernice pulls her gun on him and tells him to never steal from her again, he flies out of a now unlocked front door. See more »

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Vincent 'Knobby' DiCarno: What'll it be?
Carl Hefler: [walking up to the bar] Package delivery.
Vincent 'Knobby' DiCarno: For who?
Carl Hefler: It just says "Mayday".
Vincent 'Knobby' DiCarno: Here I'll take it.
Carl Hefler: Ya gotta sign for it.
[passing a clipboard]
Vincent 'Knobby' DiCarno: [signs and returns clipboard]
Carl Hefler: [reading signature] Kay-no-bee... K-noby! Is that like in Star Wars?
Vincent 'Knobby' DiCarno: No idiot, it's "Knobby".
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References The Secret Squirrel Show (1965) See more »

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Johnny's Theme
Written by Paul Anka and Johnny Carson
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A genre-less film with very few good moments
13 March 2009 | by (Minnesota) – See all my reviews

I recently saw this movie in a bargain bin at a store and became excited when I read the back cover. It appeared to have everything that I love in a film - comedy, action, Bob Goldthwait, and was made in my favorite era (the late 80's). I eagerly popped it in the DVD player when I got home and it starting off fairly promising with a suspenseful burglar scene and cool 80's soundtrack music. But then the plot just droops off into a depressingly boring cesspool of garbage. About 20 min into it you're left thinking "this isn't going to get any better is it?" The movie is hardly funny at all despite tricking you into thinking that with a large array of comedic actors in the cast. The film has more of a gritty cop drama type feel with a dark club-like nature. I like that, but this movie shouldn't be played out that way. So basically it's stuck in the middle without a genre. The main highlights of the film are its cool 80's pop/rock soundtrack, slight Miami Vice-like feel, and Bob Goldthwait in some scenes. Although, I'm a big fan of Goldthwait and this film doesn't showcase his hilariousness nearly as well as others. Whoopi Goldberg has a strange character that leaves you thinking "Huh?" in almost every scene. Her character isn't likable at all much less funny or anything else.


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