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Release Date:
20 March 1987 (USA) See more »
A first rate comedy about a second story woman.
Bernice "Bernie" Rhodenbarr is a burglar by trade, and she runs a bookstore as well. Her friend Carl Hefler is a dog groomer... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Whoopi Goldberg ... Bernice Rhodenbarr

Bobcat Goldthwait ... Carl Hefler

G.W. Bailey ... Ray Kirschman

Lesley Ann Warren ... Dr. Cynthia Sheldrake

James Handy ... Carson Verrill

Anne De Salvo ... Detective Todras (as Anne DeSalvo)

John Goodman ... Detective Nyswander

Elizabeth Ruscio ... Frankie

Vyto Ruginis ... K.E. Graybow
Larry Mintz ... Vincent 'Knobby' DiCarno
Raye Birk ... The Jogger
Eric Poppick ... Deliveryman

Scott Lincoln ... Man in Cadillac
Thom Bray ... Shoplifter in Bookstore
Nathan Davis ... Mr. Paggif
Brenda Hayes ... Dental Receptionist
Lia Sargent ... Dental Receptionist
Brett Marx ... Dental Hygienist

Stephen Shellen ... Christopher Marshall (as Steve Shellen)
Fredi Olster ... Woman in Hallway
Rick Hamilton ... Man in Hallway
Barbara Simpson ... TV Reporter
Dennis Richmond ... TV Anchorman
Robert Ernst ... Officer with Warrant
Bill Jelliffe ... Officer with Searchlight

Mike Pniewski ... Man in Grey Uniform #1 (as Michael Pniewski)
Jay Hirsch ... Man in Grey Uniform #2

Gary Hershberger ... Young Officer
John H. Fields ... Officer
Jo Anna March ... Mrs. Kirschman
David J. Partington ... Ray's Friend
Jack O'Leary ... Ray's Friend
John LeFan ... Customer at Parker's on Fifth
Margaret Lenzey ... Waitress at Parker's on Fifth

Ethan Phillips ... Bartender at Parker's on Fifth
Ron Molina ... Customer at The Art Bar
James Terry ... Bartender at The Art Bar
Amy Michelson ... Waitress at The Art Bar
The Distance ... Art Bar Band

Michael Nesmith ... Cabbie
Spike Sorrentino ... Chief of Detectives

Hugh Wilson ... Customer at Mayday

Jack Andreozzi ... Knobby's Apartment Manager
John Frederick Jones ... Dr. Sheldrake's Doorman (as John-Frederick Jones)

Al Pugliese ... IBM Man

Justin De Rosa ... IBM Man
Vincent Pantone ... IBM Man
Brian Ann Zoccola ... Verrill's Secretary

Elaine Corral Kendall ... TV Anchorwoman (as Elaine Corral)

Directed by
Hugh Wilson 
Writing credits
Lawrence Block (novels)

Jeph Loeb (screenplay) (as Joseph Loeb III) &
Matthew Weisman (screenplay) and
Hugh Wilson (screenplay)

Produced by
Michael Green .... associate producer
Michael Hirsh .... producer
Tom Jacobson .... executive producer
Jeph Loeb .... co-producer (as Joseph Loeb III)
Kevin McCormick .... producer
Matthew Weisman .... co-producer
Original Music by
Sylvester Levay 
Cinematography by
William A. Fraker (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Fredric Steinkamp 
William Steinkamp 
Casting by
Marsha Kleinman 
Production Design by
Todd Hallowell 
Art Direction by
Michael Corenblith 
Set Decoration by
Daniel Loren May 
Costume Design by
Susan Becker 
Makeup Department
Michael Germain .... makeup artist
Julia L. Walker .... hair stylist (as Julia Walker)
Production Management
Penelope L. Foster .... unit production manager (as Penelope Foster)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
M. James Arnett .... second unit director: San Francisco
David D'Ovidio .... second second assistant director (as David L. D'Ovidio)
Nancy Giebink .... second assistant director: second unit, San Francisco
Michael Green .... first assistant director
Christopher Griffin .... second assistant director (as Chris Griffin)
Ned Kopp .... first assistant director: second unit, San Francisco
Maggie Parker .... second assistant director
Art Department
Bruce J. Gfeller .... construction coordinator (as Bruce Gfeller)
Daniel Maltese .... set designer (as Dan Maltese)
Gene Molnar .... leadman
Jerry Moss .... property master
Ken Peterson .... assistant propmaster (as Kenneth Peterson)
Tom Southwell .... production illustrator
Burt C. Wiley .... property: San Francisco
Douglas Freeman .... props (uncredited)
Steven Curtis Husch .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Gary Alexander .... re-recording mixer
Donald A. Bolger .... boom operator (as Don Bolger)
Blake R. Cornett .... assistant sound editor (as Blake Cornett)
Doreen A. Dixon .... dialogue editor (as Doreen Dixon)
Doug Hemphill .... re-recording mixer
Chris Jenkins .... re-recording mixer (as Christopher Jenkins)
Fred Judkins .... sound effects editor
C. Darin Knight .... sound mixer (as Darin Knight)
Kelly L. Manger .... assistant sound editor (as Kelly Manger)
William L. Manger .... sound effects editor (as William Manger)
Tom McCarthy Jr. .... supervising sound editor
Don S. Walden .... sound effects editor (as Don Walden)
David E. Stone .... sound editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Stan Parks .... special effects
Janet Brady .... stunt person
Rocky Capella .... stunt person
Steve M. Davison .... stunt person (as Steve Davison)
Tim A. Davison .... stunt person (as Tim Davison)
Annie Ellis .... stunt person
David R. Ellis .... stunt coordinator (as David Ellis)
Richard M. Ellis .... stunt person (as Richard Ellis)
Debbie Evans .... stunt person
Freddie Hice .... stunt person (as Fred Hice)
Steve Holladay .... stunt person
Marcia Holley .... stunt person
Billy Hank Hooker .... stunt person (as Hank Hooker)
Buddy Joe Hooker .... stunt person
Pat J. McNamara .... stunt person (as Pat McNamara)
Bennie Moore .... stunt person (as Ben Moore)
Cyndi Lee Rice .... stunt person (as Cyndi Rice)
Danny Rogers .... stunt person
Sharon Schaffer .... stunt person
David Welch .... stunt person
Glenn R. Wilder .... stunt person (as Glenn Wilder)
Dick Ziker .... stunt person
Steve Hart .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Mike Benson .... camera operator: second unit, San Francisco (as Michael Benson)
Gerald H. Boatright .... gaffer
Marc Brickman .... lighting designer: nightclub
David E. Diano .... camera operator (as David Diano)
Jon Guterres .... key grip: second unit, San Francisco (as Jonathan Guterres)
Al LaVerde .... key grip
Richard Craig Meinardus .... first assistant camera: San Francisco (as Richard Meinardus)
Donna Morrison .... first assistant camera: San Francisco
Lex Rawlins .... second assistant camera
Peter Sorel .... still photographer
Ty Suehiro .... second grip
Peter Thomas .... gaffer: second unit, San Francisco
Richard Turner .... first assistant camera
Roy H. Wagner .... director of photography: second unit, San Francisco
Clay H. Wilson .... dolly grip (as Clay Wilson)
Don Yamasaki .... electrical best boy
Robert D. McBride .... camera operator (uncredited)
Kevin Thompson .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Casting Department
John Frank Levey .... casting associate (as John Levey)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Janis Mekaelian .... costumer: women
Gary Sampson .... costumer: men
James W. Tyson .... wardrobe supervisor (as James Tyson)
Lisa Lovaas .... assistant costume designer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Karl F. Steinkamp .... assistant film editor (as Karl Steinkamp)
Michael T. Wilson .... assistant film editor (as Mike Wilson)
Location Management
William Douglas Kruse .... location manager (as Douglas Kruse)
Bobbie Smith .... location consultant: San Francisco (as Bobbi Smith)
Music Department
Bernard Edwards .... music producer: original songs
Peter Paterno .... music supervisor
Curtis Roush .... supervising music editor
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Vic Akopian .... transportation captain (as Victor Akopian)
Bo Falck .... transportation coordinator
Ed Nassaney .... transportation captain (as Edward Nassaney)
Allen Pettigrew .... transportation captain: San Francisco (as Al Pettigrew)
Anthony Muto Jr. .... picture vehicles (uncredited)
Other crew
Chris Silver Finigan .... production accountant
Stuart Fink .... unit publicist
Patricia Graf .... assistant: Kevin McCormick
Thomas J. Hageboeck .... technical advisor (as T.J. Hageboeck)
Michael Herzmark .... video consultant
Kisuna Jacobsen .... script supervisor: second unit, San Francisco
Danai Katsufrakis .... assistant: Hugh Wilson
Ruben Martinez .... craft service
Karl Lewis Miller .... animal trainer (as Karl Miller)
Phill Norman .... title designer
Esther Vivante .... script supervisor
Jill Wakewood .... video consultant
Ramey E. Ward .... production associate (as Ramey Ward)
Lisbeth Wynn-Owen .... production secretary
Thomas A. Davila .... assistant production coordinator (uncredited)
Shauna L. Kroen .... assistant accountant (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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103 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Whoopi Goldberg wears blue contact lenses.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
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!
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2 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
I Tat I Taw A Putty Cat...Burglar!, 22 April 2004
Author: Pepper Anne from Orlando, Florida

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.

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