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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
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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)  »

Also Known As:

Hot and Cold  »

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$30,218,387 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Richard suggests they go to Jones Beach with all the syringes. This is probably in reference to the infamous "Syringe Tide" in 1987-1988 when medical waste washed up on several beaches in New York/New Jersey, costing massive losses in tourist dollars. See more »

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When Richard confronts Larry about throwing Bernie's body over the deck he is barefoot. When he subsequently goes to call the cops, he is wearing shoes. But then when he runs outside onto the deck and then the beach with Larry to retrieve Bernie, he is barefoot again. Once he and Larry bring him back inside of the house to vacuum sand off of him, his shoes are on once again. See more »

Quotes

Larry Wilson: This is good for me.
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Referenced in Maybe Tomorrow (2008) See more »

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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 film which contains humour that will never decompose... unlike Bernie!!
22 May 2001 | by (Guildford, England) – See all my reviews

I first saw this film at about 2:00am one morning and knew that I had to have it. Okay, so it's a one joke movie, but hey it is still incredibly funny. It is a film that encapsulates the eighties and the two lead roles are perfect. The actor who played Bernie's corpse deserves an oscar as although he doesn't say a single word it honestly seems he is dead!! Classic moments include Bernie waterskiing and Bernie making love to his girlfriend (he is of course dead in both scenes.) A must for anyone who wants a good laugh.


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