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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:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Michael Nesmith from the Monkees has a cameo as the taxi driver who takes home Bobcat Golthwaits character.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
Bernice 'Bernie' Rhodenbarr:[Bernice enters the apartment and the alarm sounds] That's right, bitch, don't tell me about the alarm.See more »
Movie Connections:
Touch Me (I Want Your Body)See more »


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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Not As Bas As I'd Heard, 21 February 2010
Author: LeaBlacks_Balls from New Jersey

In 1985 Whoopi Goldberg made her film debut in 'The Color Purple' and gave one of the best performances of all time. After the success of 'The Color Purple' it seemed like Hollywood wasn't really sure how to find the right fit for Goldbergs talents. In 1986 and 1987, she starred in three action comedies, 'Jumpin' Jack Flash,' 'Fatal Beauty,' and 'Burglar.' It seemed like Hollywood was trying to mold her into a female Eddie Murphy.

Of the three, 'Burglar' is easily the best. Goldberg plays Bernice Rhodenbarr, a cat burglar and used book shop owner. When an ex-cop comes to her with a threat to hand in evidence that he withheld years ago that would incriminate her, she is forced to do a job for him. She agrees to steal a dentist's jewelery back from her ex-husband after a messy split. She carries out the crime but is interrupted and has to hide. When she comes out of hiding she finds the man dead and her bag of jewels gone. In order to clear herself she must find out who would want the man dead before the cops can get to her.

While 'Fatal Beauty' was too dark, and 'Jumpin' Jack Flash' was too scatter-shot, 'Burglar' manages to find a good balance between the comedy and the action. Most of the comedy comes from Goldberg, who plays the smart-ass, streetwise type very well. The rest of the laughs come from Bobcat Goldthwait, playing Goldberg's manic friend, and Lesley Ann Warren, playing the frazzled dentist. The rest of the cast plays it straight, not attempting to upstage the star, and it works well.

The film does have it's major flaws. Some sequences drag on too long, some of the comedy falls flat, and the movie is filled with clichéd twists and turns. But when the film works, it works, thanks completely to Goldberg.

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