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Weekend at Bernie's (1989)

PG-13 | | Adventure, Comedy, Crime | 5 July 1989 (USA)
Two losers try to pretend that their murdered employer is really alive, leading the hitman to attempt to track him down to finish him off.

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Paulie, Vito's Hit Man
Catherine Parks ...
Tina, Vito's Girl
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Tawny (as Eloise Broady)
Gregory Salata ...
Marty, Vito's Assistant
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Jack Parker, Richard's Dad
Margaret Hall ...
Lomax's Secretary
Timothy Perez ...
Central Park Mugger
Mark Kenneth Smaltz ...
Harris, Security Oficer
Anthony Mannino ...
Superintendant
Polly Segal ...
Woman in Elevator
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Two young men are trying to make their way in a corporation. One on charm, the other on hard work. When they go to the president (Bernie) with a serious financial error on a printout, he pretends to be thrilled and invites them to his beach house for the weekend. He actually plans on having them killed. Bernie is also fooling around with the girlfriend of his mafia partner. When the partner has Bernie killed, the boys end up having to pretend Bernie is still alive as the frustrated hit man tries time and time again to complete the job. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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A lively comedy about a guy who isn't. [USA Theatrical] See more »


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5 July 1989 (USA)  »

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Hot and Cold  »

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$30,218,387 (USA)
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Andrew McCarthy was asked to read the script to think about playing the part of Richard. When he read it, he loved the part of Larry, and got that instead. See more »

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Richard is shown wearing a wedding ring during the movie. He isn't married as he is trying to date Gwen. However, he may have once been married but then his wife died or he got divorced, and he kept the ring. See more »

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Richard Parker: This is the note. Listen. "Richard Parker and I stole this money from the company to pay for my sex-change operation."
Larry Wilson: What?
Richard Parker: That's what it says.
Larry Wilson: "Now he tells me he loves someone else. I can't live with that, and niether will he." It's got my name written on it!
Richard Parker: Oh God.
Larry Wilson: Son of a bitch. I mean, it's not bad enough that he's trying to kill me. Now he's trying to turn me into a drag queen. Why couldn't he have said you were going to have the operation?
Richard Parker: It doesn't matter, Larry, it doesn't matter.
Larry Wilson:
Richard Parker:
Larry Wilson:
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HOT AND COLD
(End Title Song)
Written by Andy Summers and Winston 'Pipe' Matthews
Published by ANDY SUMMERS, INC. d/b/a EVOKE MUSIC
Administered Worldwide by LISTEN ROOM MUSIC, INC. (BMI)
Produced by Dick Rudolph and Michael Sembello
Performed by Jermaine Stewart
JERMAINE STEWART Appears by Courtesy of VIRGIN RECORDS LIMITED and ARISTA RECORDS, INC.
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A Funny Film With a Really Great Idea
1 August 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Weekend at Bernie's" is a hilarious film about two losers (Jonathan Silverman and Andrew McCarthy) who stumble onto a plan by some unknown person in their company to steal from the corporation. They tell the boss, Bernie Lomax (Terry Kiser), and it turns out that he is the culprit. Now he wants the two of them killed, but his wandering eyes make him the target of the assassin. Bernie invites the two losers out to his beach-house in the hopes of them being eliminated. However, he is killed instead and when Silverman and McCarthy discover his body they pretend like he is still alive so they can get the great weekend that their late boss promised them. A truly original idea carries this film which is sick in one sense, but amazingly funny in another. Silverman and McCarthy make a surprisingly effective comedy team. However it is Terry Kiser, in one of the most under-rated roles ever seen during the history of the cinema, that makes the film work as well as it can. His uncanny ability to play a stiff corpse for nearly the whole film is truly revolutionary. If there was ever a performance that was overlooked by the Academy, it may be Kiser's role here (do not laugh). Overall the film over-achieves and is well-worth watching at least once. 3.5 out of 5 stars.


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