Weekend at Bernie's

Weekend at Bernie's

Ted Kotcheff (1989)

12 Certificate


Our Score
OK, it's a one-joke movie and, yes, the gags are largely moronic, but this is still pretty good fun. Andrew McCarthy and Jonathan Silverman play the two junior executives who are forced to pretend that their crooked boss (Terry Kiser) is still alive over a weekend in which he is to host a swinging party at the beach. It's a lot more tasteless than you would expect from Hollywood and, in fact, from usually reliable but dull Ted Kotcheff, but Kiser makes it all worthwhile in a scene-stealing performance as the much put-upon corpse. Actually, he is probably too good: it's hard to avoid typecasting as an actor and there are few major roles as dead people.


Two aspiring accountants are invited to their playboy boss's beach house, only to discover he has been murdered - setting the scene for all manner of comic complications as they try to convince everyone he is still alive. Slapstick comedy, starring Andrew McCarthy, Jonathan Silverman, Catherine Mary Stewart, Don Calfa and Terry Kiser.

Cast & Crew

Larry Wilson Andrew McCarthy
Richard Parker Jonathan Silverman
Gwen Saunders Catherine Mary Stewart
Bernie Lomax Terry Kiser
Paulie, the "Iceman" Don Calfa
Tina Catherine Parks
Tawny Eloise Broady
Marty Gregory Salata
Vito Louis Giambalvo
Director Ted Kotcheff
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Rank Film Dists LtdGuidance: Contains violence and swearingAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-ray