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Burglar -- US Home Video Trailer from Warner Bros.


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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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Additional Details

Also Known As:
103 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Bruce Willis was originally offered the role of Bernie (before the character was changed to a woman in the screenplay).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 »
[to the man who just tried to kill her by drowning]
Bernice Bernie Rhodenbarr:You ruined my life, my 'do, AND my Manilow tapes!
See more »
Movie Connections:
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2 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
A genre-less film with very few good moments, 13 March 2009
Author: bass-player-blues from Minnesota

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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