Burglar (film)

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Burglar
Burglarposter.jpg
Theatrical poster for Burglar
Directed by Hugh Wilson
Produced by Michael Hirsh
Kevin McCormick
Written by Jeph Loeb
Matthew Weisman
Hugh Wilson
Based on Lawrence Block (novel)
Starring Whoopi Goldberg
Bob Goldthwait
G. W. Bailey
Lesley Ann Warren
Music by Sylvester Levay
Cinematography William A. Fraker
Edited by Fredric Steinkamp
William Steinkamp
Production
company
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release dates March 20, 1987
Running time 103 minutes
Country Canada
United States
Language English
Box office $16,357,355 (sub-total)

Burglar is a 1987 American comedy film directed by Hugh Wilson and distributed by Warner Bros. The film stars Whoopi Goldberg and Bobcat Goldthwait.

Plot[edit]

Bernice "Bernie" Rhodenbarr, a former burglar, resumes her life of crime when a corrupt police officer blackmails her.

A dentist, Dr. Cynthia Sheldrake, hires Bernice to break into her ex-husband Christopher's home and steal back her jewelry. Things take a turn for the worse when Christopher is murdered while Bernie is robbing his home, and thanks to Sheldrake and her lawyer Carson, Bernie is the only suspect.

To clear her name Bernice and her friend Carl hop from bar to bar looking for someone who knew Christopher. They find out that Christopher had quite a few girlfriends ... and boyfriends. Bernice has three new suspects after an old flame of Christopher's tells her about an artist, a bartender, and a mysterious man known only by his nickname: "Heeeeeeere's Johnny!"

Bernice investigates the artist and the bartender only to have them show up dead. With no clues or witnesses, Bernice waits for Dr. Sheldrake in her home to confront her. Demanding she tell her everything she knew about Christopher, she concludes that the doctor herself had been with her ex the night he was murdered.

During the conversation the TV flashes to an episode of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. Bernice realizes Carson knew the doctor's ex. Bernice calls Carson to meet her in the park with the bag of jewelry Bernice was commissioned to steal in the first place. A scuffle ensues and Bernice, along with her friend Carl and the crooked cop, capture Carson.

Production[edit]

The film was adapted from the 1978 novel The Burglar in The Closet by Lawrence Block; in Block's book, Bernie Rhodenbarr is a white man. It was also the first R-rated and live-action production from the Canadian animation company, Nelvana.[1]

In a 2013 interview with Kevin Smith, screenwriter Jeph Loeb disclosed that Burglar was initially intended to be a serious vehicle for Bruce Willis with Whoopi Goldberg filling the role of the characters neighbor. When Willis dropped out, Goldberg took on the lead role. [2]

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