If you ask me, it’s a mystery …
Sure. Burglar isn’t as great as Lethal weapon. It’s not as funny as Police academy. But it’s a movie that has all the right elements.
The comedy is there, the acting is entertaining to watch and there’s an actual story that’ll keep your pretty little head spinning until the very end. Not that this is a complex detective story. Burglar is first and foremost a straight-up ’80s action-comedy.
And yet today … no one seems to remember this movie anymore! Why??
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Whoopi Goldberg may be more famous as the singing non in Sister Act, and her most famous movie to date is – and will always be – the dreamy romantic Ghost, but if you really wanna see what kind of an actress she is – you might tune in for Burglar.
Because it’s in this movie that the African-American comedienne shows her true talent. She spins more words per minute than a football sportscaster, but never fails to entertain. Her acting has never been this good. She shifts tirelessly from a rollercoaster-action junky to being a mysteriously awesome, dressed-in-black leather beauty detective. But she never lets off her guard. With those fidgety fingertips of hers she’s always skimming the script for the next wonderful joke.
If you know that Burglar was Whoopi Goldberg‘s first successful comedy, then it doesn’t take a genius to realize she grew up to be the funny person we’ve come to know today … in large thanks to the diversity of her character in this movie!
But Whoopi Goldberg is just one person. And to sell a movie – especially a comedy – you need a few more bonus cards. Well, let’s take a look!
There’s actors Bobcat Goldthwait and G.W. Bailey who would share the screen twice in the same year Burglar came out. The other movie is one most people have seen, and probably more than once: Police Academy 4. Both actors aren’t just famous, they are certified comedians who have planted their roots deep within the comedy-genre.
Bobcat Goldthwait is unmistakable as the obtrusive loud-mouth with a trembling voice even a deaf man would recognize. He basically repeats his role from the Police Academy-series, only this time without the suit.
And in case you wish to know … yes … he is very funny in Burglar, striking up some of the most endearing moments.
G.W. Bailey is a lot more serious, but it’s in this seriousness that lies his humor. When he shouts or smashes his phone against the white picket fence, you’ll find yourself laughing harder than you care to remember. He too plays a very similar part from his Police Academy-time, in that he stars as a tyrannical pushover.
And yes, he too is very funny when he starts yelling for no apparent reason.
Furthermore there’s also a woman who’s beyond ecstatic when she finds herself in prison.
Two cops who keep knocking down doors but never catch up to the situation – you’ll recognize a very young John Goodman (with moustache!).
And more flashy ’80s music than any normal movie should have. From the bountiful-colored discotheques with glittering neon lights to the typical guitar-driven lead singers suffering from a bad hair-day … Burglar has ALL the right moves when it comes to being a classic ’80s movie!
So what’s the story? Well …
Truth is, it ain’t important. It’s about some guys who drop dead, and then Whoopi Goldberg has to find who did it because the police thinks she is the killer … trust me … the story is the least of your worries when watching Burglar.
Just let yourself get tangled up in this 80s joyride, full of jokes and fun and oneliners of some of the best comedy performers the ’80s have ever seen!
If you’re a fan of the ’80s … you GOTTA see this movie!
It’s not great, but it’s too good *not* to see it …
did you know?
Bruce Willis was originally offered the role of Bernie (before the character was changed to a woman in the screenplay).
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It’s a mystery how this movie has gone lost on so many people. Burglar isn’t a classic nor a masterpiece, but it’s too darn good to be pushed off in some far-away corner.
The movie features Whoopi Goldberg in her breakthrough-performance as a comedienne … and it shows! She’s truly at her very best and the movie could not have stand the test of time – which it does coz Burglar is still a funny movie after all these decades.
The grand scale of typical ’80s music combined with silly ’80s filmmaking makes the whole thing look a bit old-fashioned, but it’ll make you a wee bit emotional when faced with so much wonderful nostalgia.
To wrap things up even further in the comedy-department, there’s Bobcat Goldwaith (the weird guy with the even weirder voice of the Police Academy-series) and G.W. Bailey (the rigid police chief who famously shouts ‘Proctor!’ in the same Police Academy-series).
Both men add their comedy weight in this movie, making you wish the whole thing would never end.
It’s true: there are far better movies than Burglar made in the 1980’s. But watch this one – and I’ll guarantee you – you’d wish you have a time machine that could take you back to the colorful fun & entertainment of ’80s movie making!
It’s a gem that somehow got lost in the rubble. It’s a beautiful shining black pearl … that never deserved to be out of sight!