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).
R (adult situations/language, violence)
Comedy , Drama
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Whoopi Goldberg
as Bernice Rhodenbarr
Bobcat Goldthwait
as Carl Hefler
Lesley Ann Warren
as Dr. Cynthia Sheldrake
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
Larry Mintz
as Knobby
Thom Bray
as Shoplifter in Bookstore
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 #1
Gary Hershberger
as Young Officer
Jack O'Leary
as Ray's Friend
John LeFan
as Customer at Parker's on Fifth
Margaret Lenzey
as Waitress at Parker's on Fifth
Ethan Phillips
as Bartender at Parker's on Fifth
James Terry
as Bartender at The Art Bar
Amy Michelson
as Waitress at The Art Bar
Spike Sorrentino
as Chief of Detectives
Hugh Wilson
as Customer at Mayday
Jack Andreozzi
as Knobby's Apartment Manager
Al Pugliese
as IBM Man
Justin Derosa
as IBM Man
Elaine Corral
as TV Anchorwoman
Bill Jelliffe
as Officer with Searchlight
David J. Partington
as Ray's Friend
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Critic Reviews for Burglar

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (1)

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 25, 2002

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October 9, 2005
Fantastica Daily

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September 16, 2005

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April 8, 2005
Catholic Sun

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January 13, 2005
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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
Aj V

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Funny... Bobcat is hilarious in this.

Leigh Ryan
Leigh Ryan

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A film that taught me how painful watching until the credits roll can be.

Anthony Valletta
Anthony Valletta

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