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Burglar (1987)




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Director of the first Police Academy movie, Hugh Wilson is also responsible for the action comedy-caper Burglar. Bernice Rhodenbarr (Whoopi Goldberg) is a retired cat burglar who works at a bookstore. Bad cop Ray Kirschman (G.W. Bailey) blackmails her, so she agrees to do a job for Dr. Cynthia Sheldrake (Lesley Ann Warren) in order to get the money. While she is doing the robbery, she accidentally stumbles onto the scene of a murder. Since she is the prime suspect, Bernice is forced into many chase scenes as she plays detective to find out who the real murderer is in order to clear her name. She is aided by her only two friends: the hapless dog groomer Carl Hefler (Bob Goldthwait) and the drunken floozy Frankie (Elizabeth Ruscio). Along the way, she almost gets killed by numerous tough guys while being closely followed by two stupid cops (Anne DeSalvo and John Goodman).more
Rating: R (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Hugh Wilson, Matthew Weisman, Jeph Loeb
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 30, 1999
Warner Home Video


Whoopi Goldberg
as Bernice Rhodenbarr
Bobcat Goldthwait
as Carl Hefler
Lesley Ann Warren
as Dr. Cynthia Sheldrak...
G.W. Bailey
as Ray Kirschman
James Handy
as Carson Verrill
Anne De Salvo
as Detective Todras
John Goodman
as Detective Nyswander
Vyto Ruginis
as Graybow
Thom Bray
as Shoplifter in Bookst...
Raye Birk
as The Jogger
Eric Poppick
as Deliveryman
Scott Lincoln
as Man in Cadillac
Nathan Davis
as Mr. Paggif
Stephen Shellen
as Christopher Marshall
Rick Hamilton
as Man in Hallway
Robert Ernst
as Officer with Warrant
Michael Pniewski
as Man in Gray Uniform ...
Gary Hershberger
as Young Officer
Jack O'Leary
as Ray's Friend
John LeFan
as Customer at Parker's...
Margaret Lenzey
as Waitress at Parker's...
Ethan Phillips
as Bartender at Parker'...
James Terry
as Bartender at The Art...
Amy Michelson
as Waitress at The Art ...
Spike Sorrentino
as Chief of Detectives
Hugh Wilson
as Customer at Mayday
Jack Andreozzi
as Knobby's Apartment M...
Al Pugliese
as IBM Man
Elaine Corral
as TV Anchorwoman
Bill Jelliffe
as Officer with Searchl...
David J. Partington
as Ray's Friend
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Critic Reviews for Burglar

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Basically rubbish with star power and a very funny Bobcat Goldthwait.

November 24, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

One of Whoopi's laziest vehicles ... and she's done her share.

July 26, 2002

Audience Reviews for Burglar

I love Bobcat in this movie, he's funny as usual, but the rest of the cast is just okay. I liked this movie, but it could have been better, it's pretty cheesy at times.

Aj V

Super Reviewer


Funny... Bobcat is hilarious in this.

Leigh Ryan

Super Reviewer


danny d

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