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Burglar (1987)

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Bernice "Bernie" Rhodenbarr is a burglar by trade, and she runs a bookstore as well. Her friend Carl Hefler is a dog groomer. After a successful burglary, it's discovered that a dead body ... See full summary »

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Hugh Wilson

Writers:

Lawrence Block (novels), Jeph Loeb (screenplay) (as Joseph Loeb III) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Whoopi Goldberg ... Bernice Rhodenbarr
Bobcat Goldthwait ... Carl Hefler
G.W. Bailey ... Ray Kirschman
Lesley Ann Warren ... Dr. Cynthia Sheldrake
James Handy ... Carson Verrill
Anne De Salvo ... Detective Todras (as Anne DeSalvo)
John Goodman ... Detective Nyswander
Elizabeth Ruscio ... Frankie
Vyto Ruginis ... K.E. Graybow
Larry Mintz Larry Mintz ... Vincent 'Knobby' DiCarno
Raye Birk ... The Jogger
Eric Poppick Eric Poppick ... Deliveryman
Scott Lincoln ... Man in Cadillac
Thom Bray ... Shoplifter in Bookstore
Nathan Davis ... Mr. Paggif
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Storyline

Bernice "Bernie" Rhodenbarr is a burglar by trade, and she runs a bookstore as well. Her friend Carl Hefler is a dog groomer. After a successful burglary, it's discovered that a dead body was in the house she burgled. As she's the only one who can be placed at the scene of the crime, she has to use her criminal skills to clear her name of the murder AND avoid getting charged with the burglary. Written by Afterburner <aburner@erols.com>

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A first rate comedy about a second story woman.

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 March 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Burglar - Die diebische Elster See more »

Filming Locations:

Belvedere, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$16,337,355
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Nelvana,Warner Bros. See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In an interview Whoopi Goldberg explained how they changed the main character from a man to a woman: "We just took out all the sex!" See more »

Goofs

In the scene where she meets Graybow in his apartment she punches him in the nuts while he is holding a meat cleaver in his hands. They show the meat cleaver hit the floor, then his face of pain, then him dropping to the floor. If you look closely in the bottom left corner of the screen, you'll see the meat cleaver in his hands again. See more »

Quotes

Carl Hefler: Cause I'm a black man in a white man's world...
Det. Nyswander: Uhh, Mr. Hefler, you're caucasian...
Carl Hefler: Beautiful! Hold THAT against me too!
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Connections

References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

Touch Me (I Want Your Body)
Performed by Samantha Fox
Written by Mark Shreeve, Jon Astrop (as John Astrop) and Peter Harris (as Pete Q. Harris)
Courtesy of Jive Records
A Member of The Zomba Group of Companies
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A genre-less film with very few good moments
13 March 2009 | by bass-player-bluesSee all my reviews

I recently saw this movie in a bargain bin at a store and became excited when I read the back cover. It appeared to have everything that I love in a film - comedy, action, Bob Goldthwait, and was made in my favorite era (the late 80's). I eagerly popped it in the DVD player when I got home and it starting off fairly promising with a suspenseful burglar scene and cool 80's soundtrack music. But then the plot just droops off into a depressingly boring cesspool of garbage. About 20 min into it you're left thinking "this isn't going to get any better is it?" The movie is hardly funny at all despite tricking you into thinking that with a large array of comedic actors in the cast. The film has more of a gritty cop drama type feel with a dark club-like nature. I like that, but this movie shouldn't be played out that way. So basically it's stuck in the middle without a genre. The main highlights of the film are its cool 80's pop/rock soundtrack, slight Miami Vice-like feel, and Bob Goldthwait in some scenes. Although, I'm a big fan of Goldthwait and this film doesn't showcase his hilariousness nearly as well as others. Whoopi Goldberg has a strange character that leaves you thinking "Huh?" in almost every scene. Her character isn't likable at all much less funny or anything else.


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