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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
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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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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 Gwen and Richard are lying on the beach kissing, a wave washes up and wets Gwen's hair. When she sits up, her hair and clothes are dry. See more »

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Gwen Saunders: Richard, just tell me what is going on!
Larry Wilson: [comes down the stairs, dragging Bernie's body by the leg] Look honey, Bernie's dead, they guys that killed 'em are now after us, can we hide out at your place or what?
[throws down Bernie's leg as he reaches the bottom of the staircase]
Larry Wilson: .
Gwen Saunders: [eyes as big as golf balls]
Larry Wilson: [sees Gwen's horrified expression, holds up Bernie's head] It's just Bernie!
[bangs Bernie's head against the stair support railing]
Gwen Saunders: [covers her mouth quietly screaming in a high pitched squeal] ...
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Referenced in Jane the Virgin: Chapter Twenty-Nine (2015) See more »

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NIGHT ON BALD MOUNTAIN
by Modest Mussorgsky
Arranged by Randy Waldman
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Under rated comedy blast.
8 August 2000 | by (Gilbert, Arizona) – See all my reviews

Weekend at Bernies! Sure it is dumb. But the comedy is so smartly done that it makes it hilarious. I for one laugh my butt off every time I watch this movie. It is one of those movies that cheers you up if you are having a bad day. The duo of McCarthy and Silverman is almost flawless. They are wonderful to watch. Together they almost remind me of classic pairs like Laurel & Hardy or Abbot & Costello. If you just sit back and relax this movie can really tickle your funny bone. It even might make you `drop dead from laughing'. Oh.was that to corny.sorry. But honestly, this is a good film. Give it a try someday when you have nothing else to do or are having a party. (But beware just rent this one. The second one, although it has its moments, doesn't meet up to the original)


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