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Burglar (1987)

R | | Comedy, Crime | 20 March 1987 (USA)
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A retired cop blackmails ex burglar Bernice into paying him $20,000 - thus burgling. Paid to get a dentist's jewelry back from her ex's apartment, someone murders the ex and Bernice is a suspect. She investigates.

Director:

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 ... 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

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,509,754, 22 March 1987

Gross USA:

$16,337,355

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$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

Based on the book "The Burglar in The Closet". See more »

Goofs

At the scene at the used book store when Bernice is on the phone trying to reach Abe Froman, the shoplifter approaches the counter to pay for the books. Bernice then locks the door and flips the closed sign leaving the two of them locked in the store. The shoplifter is caught and gets angry, and after Bernice pulls her gun on him and tells him to never steal from her again, he flies out of a now unlocked front door. See more »

Quotes

Vincent 'Knobby' DiCarno: What'll it be?
Carl Hefler: [walking up to the bar] Package delivery.
Vincent 'Knobby' DiCarno: For who?
Carl Hefler: It just says "Mayday".
Vincent 'Knobby' DiCarno: Here I'll take it.
Carl Hefler: Ya gotta sign for it.
[passing a clipboard]
Vincent 'Knobby' DiCarno: [signs and returns clipboard]
Carl Hefler: [reading signature] Kay-no-bee... K-noby! Is that like in Star Wars?
Vincent 'Knobby' DiCarno: No idiot, it's "Knobby".
[...]
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References Robotech: Boobytrap (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

Tough Guys
Performed by The Jets
Written by The Distance, Tom Kelly and
Produced by Bernard Edwards
Courtesy of MCA Records
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Uneven Effort
1 January 2007 | by ReelCheeseSee all my reviews

The IMDb votes for BURGLAR are all over the place. Substantial segments of users graded it 6/10, 5/10, 4/10 and 3/10. A notable percentage also voted 7/10 and 1/10. Such divisions only reinforce what is obvious to anyone who's seen this Whoopi Goldberg vehicle -- it's an extremely uneven effort.

One of BURGLAR's biggest strengths is that it hits the ground running. Whoopi is great in the opening scenes, disguised as a fat-bottomed ol' lady ripping off a small piece of a rich man's riches. This sets the stage nicely for what promises to be a fast-paced blend of comedy, action, and snappy dialog. The film continues at a surprisingly entertaining level as our thieving hero, owing 25 G's to keep the lid on past misdeeds, agrees to snatch back some jewelry for a bitter ex-wife. Only things go terribly wrong when her target is murdered before she can make a clean getaway. Now she's the chief suspect and, just as O.J. once famously pledged, must find the real killer.

Unfortunately, it's at this point, when our expectations are highest, that BURGLAR begins to fall apart. The film grows progressively (and unnecessarily) lewd and at times downright dreary (particularly the out-of-place climax). Though there are a couple of laughs, much of the humor is so painfully unfunny you almost cringe. Performance wise, Whoopi is at the top of her game. But hard ass/cutie pie act -- punching men in the groin one minute and making wisecracks the next --never really works. Spastic comic Bobcat Goldthwait is as zany as ever as her best pal, but no one seemed to realize that his is an act meant to be taken in much smaller doses than this.

BURGLAR would have worked much better as a straight action thriller. Its insistence on trying to be humorous is what hurts it the most. Of course under no circumstances would this be a classic. But at the end of it all, you get the sense BURGLAR could have been more than it was.


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