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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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Bernie would be the perfect host, except for one small thing . . . he's dead. Now, he's the life of the party. [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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Andrew McCarthy was asked to read the script to think about playing the part of Richard. When he read it, he loved the part of Larry, and got that instead. See more »

Goofs

Bernie is dropped over the side of the deck, next to the house and is later swept out by the tide. Later shots show a dune between the ocean and the house, revealing that the tide does not come up that high. See more »

Quotes

Mugger: Give me all your money and your wallets.
Larry Wilson: Aw, get your ass outta here, it's too hot!
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Referenced in Will & Grace: Alley Cats (1999) See more »

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Night on Bald Mountain
by Modest Mussorgsky
Arranged by Randy Waldman
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Under rated comedy blast.
8 August 2000 | by See 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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