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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 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 »


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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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film's director Ted Kotcheff, made a cameo as Richard's father, the man who came out in his underwear and blew his cover. See more »

Goofs

When Paulie is in the house and he's chasing after Richard, Larry, and Gwen, Gwen's hat disappears from her hand and is later seen lying next to Bernie's body. See more »

Quotes

Larry Wilson: [on the rooftop of Larry's father's apartment] You think it's safe to go in the water?
Richard Parker: Nah, better not. You just ate. You might get cramps.
Larry Wilson: I'll risk it.
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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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Featured in A Trouble in Dollars (2014) See more »

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Vissi D'Arte, Vissi D'Amore
by Giacomo Puccini
Éva Marton with the Münchner Rundfunkorchester (as Munich Radio Orchestra),
Giuseppe Patanè (as Giuseppe Patane), Director
From the Album "PUCCINI ARIAS" (IMT 42167)
Appears Courtesy of CBS MASTERWORKS, Under license from CBS SPECIAL PRODUCTS
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Inane... but a classic nonetheless
27 March 2003 | by soundsceneSee all my reviews

Using the word "classic" for this movie may be stretching things a little, but the fact that everybody I know has seen this movie -- and enjoyed it to some extent, is saying something. The concept is ridiculous. Larry (Andrew McCarthy) and Richard (Jonathan Silverman) are invited to their boss, Bernie Lomax's (Terry Kiser), house for the weekend. Bernie winds up getting killed before they get there. The rest of the movie involves the hijinks that occur when Richard and Larry decide to pretend Bernie is still alive so they can enjoy their weekend in paradise. Much of the gags include Bernie's lifeless body being dragged about and posed. What's surprising is that much of the gags actually work. It's a one-joke movie that manages to sustain through the one and a half hours. Pay special attention to the boat scene -- on first viewing my sisters and I were roaring with laughter. Avoid the sequel "Weekend at Bernie's II" like the plague. Rather than inane and funny, the movie is just inane.


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