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Weekend at Bernie's (1989)

PG-13 | | Adventure, Comedy, Crime | 5 July 1989 (USA)
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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.

Director:

Ted Kotcheff

Writer:

Robert Klane
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Andrew McCarthy ... Larry Wilson
Jonathan Silverman ... Richard Parker
Catherine Mary Stewart ... Gwen Saunders
Terry Kiser ... Bernie Lomax
Don Calfa ... Paulie, Vito's Hit Man
Catherine Parks ... Tina, Vito's Girl
Eloise DeJoria ... Tawny (as Eloise Broady)
Gregory Salata Gregory Salata ... Marty, Vito's Assistant
Louis Giambalvo ... Vito
Ted Kotcheff ... Jack Parker, Richard's Dad
Margaret Hall Margaret Hall ... Lomax's Secretary
Timothy Perez Timothy Perez ... Central Park Mugger
Mark Kenneth Smaltz ... Harris, Security Oficer
Anthony Mannino Anthony Mannino ... Superintendant
Polly Segal Polly Segal ... Woman in Elevator
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Storyline

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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Bernie Lomax would be the perfect host, except for one small problem: He's dead. See more »


Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 July 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hot and Cold See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$30,218,387
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Gladden Entertainment See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

After Richard knocks out the man that Bernie fired, he informs Larry "You can come out now Rambo." First Blood (1982), the first Rambo movie, was also directed by Ted Kotcheff. The gardener in the film (George Kee Cheung) wears a costume similar to the one in Rambo: First Blood Part II; he was the film's villain. See more »

Goofs

When Larry and Richard are in the empty office on Saturday, you can see that the computers on the desks are missing their power cords. See more »

Quotes

Richard Parker: [at Bernie's beach house] Now all of this could be yours, Lar, if you set your goals and work hard.
Larry Wilson: My old man worked hard. All they did was give him more work. Ah!
Tawny: [appears in a bikini] Bernie?
[to Larry & Richard]
Tawny: Hi! Is Bernie around?
Larry Wilson: Hello. No, we haven't seen him, but we just got here. We're gonna be here all weekend. We're house-guests.
Tawny: [grabs the keys to Bernie's boat] Well, tell him Tawny borrowed his boat to go skiing.
Larry Wilson: Hi, Tawny. I'm horny.
Tawny: Oh, Hi. Look, don't forget to tell Bernie, okay?
Richard Parker: ...
[...]
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Alternate Versions

In the mid-1990s, an alternate edit of the film was released to tie in with the release of Weekend at Bernie's II. Most significantly, the scene in which Richard interrupts Larry when he is having sex with the woman is trimmed, so that the woman does not appear. This makes the scene a little odd, as it's not obvious what Larry is doing in his room, and in total about 10 seconds of footage are cut. This was presumably changed to change the context of the sequel - the conclusion of Weekend at Bernie's II is dependent on Larry still being a virgin, and the original edit of the film strongly implied that he had been engaging in sexual activity. This version of the film now appears on the Region 1 DVD, but not on the R2. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Chuck: Chuck Versus the First Kill (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

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 Richard 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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Under rated comedy blast.
8 August 2000 | by actingericSee 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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