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Weekend at Bernie's (1989)

PG-13 | | Adventure, Comedy, Crime | 5 July 1989 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Paulie, Vito's Hit Man
Catherine Parks ...
Tina, Vito's Girl
Tawny (as Eloise Broady)
Gregory Salata ...
Marty, Vito's Assistant
Jack Parker, Richard's Dad
Margaret Hall ...
Lomax's Secretary
Timothy Perez ...
Central Park Mugger
Harris, Security Oficer
Anthony Mannino ...
Polly Segal ...
Woman in Elevator


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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Bernie Lomax would be the perfect host, except for one small thing. He's dead. [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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Did You Know?


Bernie's house is a real home on the south end of Figure 8 Island near Wilmington, NC and still remains. Many of the movie's scenes were filmed in this area including the waterway at Wrightsville Beach, and the dock and lighthouse scenes at Bald Head Island about 30 miles south. See more »


Bernie's hair when they pass the vacuum on him; they remove his toupee but, all throughout the movie; it doesn't look like he's wearing a hair piece. See more »


Larry Wilson: Why don't we just pretend he didn't die? Just for a bit!
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Referenced in American Dad!: Rubberneckers (2014) See more »


by Giacomo Puccini
Eva Marton with the Münchner Rundfunkorchester (as Munich Radio Orchestra),
Giuseppe Patanè (as Giuseppe Patane), Director
From the Album "PUCCINI ARIAS" (IMT 42167)
Appears Courtesy of CBS MASTERWORKS, Under license from CBS SPECIAL PRODUCTS
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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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