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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 more »


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Bernice Rhodenbarr
Carl Hefler
Ray Kirschman
Dr. Cynthia Sheldrake
Carson Verrill
Detective Todras (as Anne DeSalvo)
Detective Nyswander
K.E. Graybow
Larry Mintz ...
Vincent 'Knobby' DiCarno
The Jogger
Eric Poppick ...
Man in Cadillac
Shoplifter in Bookstore
Mr. Paggif
Brenda Hayes ...
Dental Receptionist
Dental Receptionist
Brett Marx ...
Dental Hygienist
Christopher Marshall (as Steve Shellen)
Fredi Olster ...
Woman in Hallway
Rick Hamilton ...
Man in Hallway
Barbara Simpson ...
TV Reporter
Dennis Richmond ...
TV Anchorman
Robert Ernst ...
Officer with Warrant
Bill Jelliffe ...
Officer with Searchlight
Man in Grey Uniform #1 (as Michael Pniewski)
Jay Hirsch ...
Man in Grey Uniform #2
Young Officer
John H. Fields ...
Jo Anna March ...
Mrs. Kirschman
David J. Partington ...
Ray's Friend
Jack O'Leary ...
Ray's Friend
John LeFan ...
Customer at Parker's on Fifth
Waitress at Parker's on Fifth
Bartender at Parker's on Fifth
Ron Molina ...
Customer at The Art Bar
James Terry ...
Bartender at The Art Bar
Amy Michelson ...
Waitress at The Art Bar
The Distance ...
Art Bar Band
Spike Sorrentino ...
Chief of Detectives
Customer at Mayday
Knobby's Apartment Manager
John Frederick Jones ...
Dr. Sheldrake's Doorman (as John-Frederick Jones)
Justin De Rosa ...
Vincent Pantone ...
Brian Ann Zoccola ...
Verrill's Secretary
TV Anchorwoman (as Elaine Corral)

Directed by

Hugh Wilson

Written by

Lawrence Block ... (novels)
Jeph Loeb ... (screenplay) (as Joseph Loeb III) &
Matthew Weisman ... (screenplay) and
Hugh Wilson ... (screenplay)

Produced by

Michael Green ... associate producer
Michael Hirsh ... producer
Tom Jacobson ... executive producer
Jeph Loeb ... co-producer (as Joseph Loeb III)
Kevin McCormick ... producer
Matthew Weisman ... co-producer

Music by

Sylvester Levay

Cinematography by

William A. Fraker ... director of photography

Film Editing by

Fredric Steinkamp
William Steinkamp

Editorial Department

Karl F. Steinkamp ... assistant film editor (as Karl Steinkamp)
Michael T. Wilson ... assistant film editor (as Mike Wilson)

Casting By

Marsha Kleinman

Production Design by

Todd Hallowell

Art Direction by

Michael Corenblith

Set Decoration by

Daniel Loren May

Costume Design by

Susan Becker

Makeup Department

Michael Germain ... makeup artist
Julia L. Walker ... hair stylist (as Julia Walker)

Production Management

Penelope L. Foster ... unit production manager (as Penelope Foster)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

M. James Arnett ... second unit director: San Francisco
David D'Ovidio ... second second assistant director (as David L. D'Ovidio)
Nancy Giebink ... second assistant director: second unit, San Francisco
Michael Green ... first assistant director
Christopher Griffin ... second assistant director (as Chris Griffin)
Ned Kopp ... first assistant director: second unit, San Francisco
Maggie Parker ... second assistant director

Art Department

Bruce J. Gfeller ... construction coordinator (as Bruce Gfeller)
Daniel Maltese ... set designer (as Dan Maltese)
Gene Molnar ... leadman
Jerry Moss ... property master
Ken Peterson ... assistant propmaster (as Kenneth Peterson)
Tom Southwell ... production illustrator
Burt C. Wiley ... property: San Francisco
Douglas Freeman ... props (uncredited)
Steven Curtis Husch ... set dresser (uncredited)

Sound Department

Gary Alexander ... re-recording mixer
Donald A. Bolger ... boom operator (as Don Bolger)
Blake R. Cornett ... assistant sound editor (as Blake Cornett)
Doreen A. Dixon ... dialogue editor (as Doreen Dixon)
Doug Hemphill ... re-recording mixer
Chris Jenkins ... re-recording mixer (as Christopher Jenkins)
Fred Judkins ... sound effects editor
C. Darin Knight ... sound mixer (as Darin Knight)
Kelly L. Manger ... assistant sound editor (as Kelly Manger)
William L. Manger ... sound effects editor (as William Manger)
Tom McCarthy Jr. ... supervising sound editor
Don S. Walden ... sound effects editor (as Don Walden)
David E. Stone ... sound editor (uncredited)

Special Effects by

Stan Parks ... special effects


Janet Brady ... stunt person
Rocky Capella ... stunt person
Steve M. Davison ... stunt person (as Steve Davison)
Tim A. Davison ... stunt person (as Tim Davison)
Annie Ellis ... stunt person
David R. Ellis ... stunt coordinator (as David Ellis)
Richard M. Ellis ... stunt person (as Richard Ellis)
Debbie Evans ... stunt person
Freddie Hice ... stunt person (as Fred Hice)
Steve Holladay ... stunt person
Marcia Holley ... stunt person
Billy Hank Hooker ... stunt person (as Hank Hooker)
Buddy Joe Hooker ... stunt person
Pat J. McNamara ... stunt person (as Pat McNamara)
Bennie Moore ... stunt person (as Ben Moore)
Cyndi Lee Rice ... stunt person (as Cyndi Rice)
Danny Rogers ... stunt person
Sharon Schaffer ... stunt person
David Welch ... stunt person
Glenn R. Wilder ... stunt person (as Glenn Wilder)
Dick Ziker ... stunt person
Steve Hart ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

Mike Benson ... camera operator: second unit, San Francisco (as Michael Benson)
Gerald H. Boatright ... gaffer
Marc Brickman ... lighting designer: nightclub
David E. Diano ... camera operator (as David Diano)
Jon Guterres ... key grip: second unit, San Francisco (as Jonathan Guterres)
Al LaVerde ... key grip
Richard Craig Meinardus ... first assistant camera: San Francisco (as Richard Meinardus)
Donna Morrison ... first assistant camera: San Francisco
Lex Rawlins ... second assistant camera
Peter Sorel ... still photographer
Ty Suehiro ... second grip
Peter Thomas ... gaffer: second unit, San Francisco
Richard Turner ... first assistant camera
Roy H. Wagner ... director of photography: second unit, San Francisco
Clay H. Wilson ... dolly grip (as Clay Wilson)
Don Yamasaki ... electrical best boy
Robert D. McBride ... camera operator (uncredited)
Kevin Thompson ... lighting technician (uncredited)

Casting Department

John Frank Levey ... casting associate (as John Levey)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Janis Mekaelian ... costumer: women
Gary Sampson ... costumer: men
James W. Tyson ... wardrobe supervisor (as James Tyson)
Lisa Lovaas ... assistant costume designer (uncredited)

Location Management

William Douglas Kruse ... location manager (as Douglas Kruse)
Bobbie Smith ... location consultant: San Francisco (as Bobbi Smith)

Music Department

Bernard Edwards ... music producer: original songs
Peter Paterno ... music supervisor
Curtis Roush ... supervising music editor
Tom Boyd ... musician: oboe soloist (uncredited)

Transportation Department

Vic Akopian ... transportation captain (as Victor Akopian)
Bo Falck ... transportation coordinator
Ed Nassaney ... transportation captain (as Edward Nassaney)
Allen Pettigrew ... transportation captain: San Francisco (as Al Pettigrew)
Anthony Muto Jr. ... picture vehicles (uncredited)

Other crew

Chris Silver Finigan ... production accountant
Stuart Fink ... unit publicist
Patricia Graf ... assistant: Kevin McCormick
Thomas J. Hageboeck ... technical advisor (as T.J. Hageboeck)
Michael Herzmark ... video consultant
Kisuna Jacobsen ... script supervisor: second unit, San Francisco
Danai Katsufrakis ... assistant: Hugh Wilson
Ruben Martinez ... craft service
Karl Lewis Miller ... animal trainer (as Karl Miller)
Phill Norman ... title designer
Esther Vivante ... script supervisor
Jill Wakewood ... video consultant
Ramey E. Ward ... production associate (as Ramey Ward)
Lisbeth Wynn-Owen ... production secretary
Thomas A. Davila ... assistant production coordinator (uncredited)
Shauna L. Kroen ... assistant accountant (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines A first rate comedy about a second story woman. See more »
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Additional Details

Also Known As
  • La pie voleuse (Canada, French title)
  • Pie voleuse (France)
  • Burglar - Die diebische Elster (Germany)
  • La ratera (Spain)
  • Tyven, der vidste for meget (Denmark)
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  • 103 min
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Trivia While loosely based on the Burglar novels by Lawrence Block, two of the principal characters underwent major changes: Bernard "Bernie" Rhodenbarr, a white male bookstore owner/burglar, became Bernice "Bernie" Rhodenbarr as played by Whoopi Goldberg; lesbian dog groomer Carolyn Kaiser, Bernie's best friend, became straight dog groomer Carl Heller and was portrayed by Bobcat Goldthwait. See more »
Goofs Elizabeth Ruscio is credited twice at the end of the movie. Moments after her character is displayed with the actress' name credited in a caption, as is done with all the other major characters, Ruscio is again credited under "Also Starring," at the beginning of the rolling credits. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Burglar/Hollywood Shuffle/Street Smart/Beyond Therapy (1987). See more »
Soundtracks Time Out for the Burglar 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]
[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".
Carl Hefler: Oh! it's... so it's like a nickname.
Vincent 'Knobby' DiCarno: Yes, I think maybe it's something like that.
[knocking on his bald head]
Carl Hefler: Well I'm gonna need your full name, please.
Vincent 'Knobby' DiCarno: Sorry...
Carl Hefler: Come on, it's the regulations.
Vincent 'Knobby' DiCarno: Hey fuck you, okay?
Carl Hefler: Fuck you? Thank you very much! I come here to give you a fuckin' package and you decide to blow me shit?
[getting more irate]
Carl Hefler: Like-like-like-like-like-like-like you're my idea of a dream come true - takin' shit from a dildo with ears?
Carl Hefler: You know when I was like five I said, "Dad, Dad! Can I get a job where random fuckin' shitheads blow me crap all day?" I'm gonna break you in fuckin' half and use your head as a ballpoint!
[grabs Knobby by the shirt]
Carl Hefler: Now sign the goddamn thing!
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