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Burglar (1987)

Following the lukewarm reception for Jumpin’ Jack Flash, Whoopi Goldberg made another attempt at a leading comedy role in this disappointing mix of humour and action from original Police Academy director Hugh Wilson.

Goldberg plays Bernice Rhodenbarr, the burglar of the title, who witnesses a murder and then finds herself suspected and drawn back into crime when she is blackmailed by a corrupt ex-cop.

The star’s comic timing and acting talents can’t prevent you from guessing what will happen way before her character does, and even the combined talents of her fellow stand-up comedian Bob “Bobcat” Goldthwait and Roseanne star John Goodman seem to have little impact on the comedy.

Although this could have been a career-killer for Goldberg, she happily bounced back to win an Oscar three years later for her performance in Ghost (1990).

Bernice Rhodenbarr
Whoopi Goldberg
Carl Hefler
Bobcat Goldthwait
Ray Kirschman
G W Bailey
Dr Cynthia Sheldrake
Lesley Ann Warren
Carson Verrill
James Handy
Detective Todras
Anne De Salvo
Detective Nyswander
John Goodman
Frankie
Elizabeth Ruscio
Graybow
Vyto Ruginis
Knobby
Larry Mintz

Director
Hugh Wilson