Burglar is a 1987 American comedy film directed by Hugh Wilson, based on Lawrence Block's 1978 novel "The Burglar in the Closet."

The film starred Whoopi Goldberg and Bobcat Goldthwait. It also the first "R" rated and live production from Nelvana.


Former burglar Bernice "Bernie" Rhodenbarr (Whoopi Goldberg), who now runs a used book store, is lured out of retirement when a retired police officer (who had arrested Bernie in the past) demands money from her to keep quiet about evidence that he withheld from one of her prior burglaries.

Bernie is hired to break into her ex-husband Christopher (Stephen Shellan)'s house to steal her jewelry back, but when Christopher ends up murdered, Bernie is the main suspect & she has to use her criminal skills to clear her name.


  • Whoopi Goldberg as Bernice Rhodenbarr
  • Bobcat Goldthwait as Carl Hefler
  • G.W. Bailey as Ray Kirschman
  • Lesley Ann Warren as Dr. Cynthia Sheldrake
  • James Handy as Carson Verrill
  • Anne De Salvo as Detective Todras
  • John Goodman as Detective Nyswander


Originally, Bruce Willis was supposed to be the main character of the film, but after Willis dropped out of filming, Whoopi Goldberg took on the lead role and the character was changed to a female.


Box OfficeEdit

"Burglar" debuted at #2 at the box office, grossing $4,509,754 during its opening weekend. The total domestic gross of the film was $16,337,355.

Critical ReceptionEdit

On Rotten Tomatoes, "Burglar" was given a 27% rating based on 11 reviews.

Roger Ebert gave the film a one star rating, calling the film "a witless, hapless exercise."

The Washington Post's Richard Harrington called the film "another weak vehicle for Whoopi Goldberg."

Theatrical TrailerEdit

Burglar Movie Trailer

Burglar Movie Trailer

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