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Weekend at Bernie's (1989)

 -  Comedy  -  5 July 1989 (USA)
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A pair of losers try to pretend that their murdered employer is really alive, but the murderer is out to "finish him off."

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Lomax's Secretary
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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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$30,218,387 (USA)
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Terry Kiser (Bernie)'s stunt double suffered a few broken ribs during filming due to all the pitfalls and stunts of playing a dead man; most notably in the scene involving 'Bernie' being dragged around the surface of the lake, bumping into metal floating obstacles. See more »

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When the ambulance bumps the boardwalk causing the stretcher with Bernie on it to roll down to the beach, the stretcher is empty when it is bumped by the ambulance. See more »

Quotes

Larry Wilson: [as Richard and Larry are trying to get away in Bernie's boat, Bernie's body falls into the water] Man overboard!
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NIGHT ON BALD MOUNTAIN
by Modest Mussorgsky
Arranged by Randy Waldman
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Inane... but a classic nonetheless
27 March 2003 | by (San Francisco, CA) – See all my reviews

Using the word "classic" for this movie may be stretching things a little, but the fact that everybody I know has seen this movie -- and enjoyed it to some extent, is saying something. The concept is ridiculous. Larry (Andrew McCarthy) and Richard (Jonathan Silverman) are invited to their boss, Bernie Lomax's (Terry Kiser), house for the weekend. Bernie winds up getting killed before they get there. The rest of the movie involves the hijinks that occur when Richard and Larry decide to pretend Bernie is still alive so they can enjoy their weekend in paradise. Much of the gags include Bernie's lifeless body being dragged about and posed. What's surprising is that much of the gags actually work. It's a one-joke movie that manages to sustain through the one and a half hours. Pay special attention to the boat scene -- on first viewing my sisters and I were roaring with laughter. Avoid the sequel "Weekend at Bernie's II" like the plague. Rather than inane and funny, the movie is just inane.


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