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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Larry Wilson
... Richard Parker
... Gwen Saunders
... Bernie Lomax
... Paulie, Vito's Hit Man
... Tina, Vito's Girl
... Tawny (as Eloise Broady)
Gregory Salata ... Marty, Vito's Assistant
... Vito
... Jack Parker, Richard's Dad
Margaret Hall ... Lomax's Secretary
Timothy Perez ... Central Park Mugger
Mark Kenneth Smaltz ... 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
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Terry Kiser (Bernie)'s stunt double suffered a few broken ribs during filming due to all the pitfalls and stunts of playing a dead man; most notably in the scene involving 'Bernie' being dragged around the surface of the ocean, bumping into metal floating obstacles. See more »

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Richard is shown wearing a wedding ring during the movie. He isn't married as he is trying to date Gwen. However, he may have once been married but then his wife died or he got divorced, and he kept the ring. See more »

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Larry Wilson: What kind of a host invites you to his house for the weekend and dies on you?
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Referenced in Raising Hope: Mother's Day (2013) See more »

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Night on Bald Mountain
by Modest Mussorgsky
Arranged by Randy Waldman
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Uproariously funny black comedy.
28 June 2003 | by See all my reviews

Hilarious, totally off the wall black comedy about two buddies (Andrew McCarthy and Jonathan Silverman) whose boss, Bernie, has been bumped off by gangsters but whose death goes unrecognized the entire weekend by his self-centered beach friends. Utterly tasteless, goofy, ridiculous, wonderfully funny movie with loads of quirky characters. Andrew McCarthy at his most charmingly loopy and Jonathan Silverman terrific as his straight arrow buddy. Great turn by Terry Kiser as Bernie, who will not go away or play dead. Ridiculous situations that are just plain fun to watch. A movie to remember with delight and to enjoy at a repeat viewing.


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