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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 may be dead, but he's still the life of the party! 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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Trivia

This was considered as a possible vehicle for Corey Haim and Corey Feldman early in production, before deciding in making the leads older. See more »

Goofs

When Richard confronts Larry about throwing Bernie's body over the deck he is barefoot. When he subsequently goes to call the cops, he is wearing shoes. But then when he runs outside onto the deck and then the beach with Larry to retrieve Bernie, he is barefoot again. Once he and Larry bring him back inside of the house to vacuum sand off of him, his shoes are on once again. See more »

Quotes

[Bernie has just finished typing up the ransom note intended for Richard and Larry's "big fall"]
Bernie Lomax: [chuckles] Oh, this is good. This is very good.
[puts the note in a suitcase, then gets up and abruptly sees Paulie behind him; freaks out]
Bernie Lomax: Ah! Oh, I didn't hear you come in.
Paulie, Vito's Hit Man: I know. I'm real good at that.
Bernie Lomax: I told ya the guys aren't here yet, did I?
Paulie, Vito's Hit Man: [nods head] It's quite a shack you got here.
Bernie Lomax: Well, it's home.
Paulie, Vito's Hit Man: Ooh, can I have a cigarette?
Bernie Lomax: Hmm?
[...]
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Alternate Versions

Much of the explicit language was toned down for the UK DVD released 2001. Overdubs from the original actors were used to make the movie more "family friendly". See more »

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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 manxman-1See 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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