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Overview

Bernie

Director Richard Linklater teams with writer Skip Hollandsworth for this darkly comic docudrama detailing the unusual friendship between a likable Texas mortician and a wealthy but reviled widow, and the shocking crime that followed. Inspired by Hollandsworth's 1998 Texas Monthly article that first caught the attention of Linklater, Bernie takes place in Carthage, TX, where effeminate mortician Bernie Tiede (Jack Black) enjoys a reputation as a friendly and upstanding member of the community. Marjorie Nugent (Shirley MacLaine), on the other hand, couldn't hold a lower position on the local social scale. Repressed and bitter, nasty Marjorie has isolated herself from her neighbors, and as a result has been essentially shunned in her small town. The moment Bernie shows Marjorie a shred of kindness, she clings to him tightly and refuses to let go. Meanwhile, as Marjorie becomes Bernie's sugar mama and the pair becomes inseparable, the local rumor mill begins to churn. Eventually, her intense jealousy becomes too much for Bernie to take. When the caustic widow's body is discovered stuffed in her own freezer, local District Attorney Buck Davidson (Matthew McConaughey) vows that justice will be served, but he finds it difficult to build a convincing case against Bernie as the locals rally to his defense.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/21/2012
UPC: 0687797135292
Original Release: 2011
Rating: PG-13
Source: Alchemy / Millennium
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:39:00
Sales rank: 67,415

Special Features

Featurettes: amazing grace, true story to film, the gossips; Deleted scenes; Previews

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jack Black Bernie Tiede
Shirley MacLaine Marjorie Nugent
Matthew McConaughey Danny Buck
Brady Coleman Scrappy Holmes
Richard Robichaux Lloyd Hornbuckle
Rick Dial Don Leggett
Brandon Smith Sheriff Huckabee
Larry Jack Dotson Rev. Woodard
Merrille McCommas Molly
Mathew Greer Carl
Richard Jones Professor Fleming
Charles Bailey Friend of Deceased
Suzi McLaughlin Mrs. Pebworth
Grant James Mr. Eckles
Julie Erickson Mrs. Eckles
J.D. Young Dwayne Nugent
Charlie Stewart Dwayne, Jr.
Joe Stevens Lewie
Raquel Gavia Esmerelda
Amparo Garcia-Crow Churchgoer
Toby Metcalf Oil Worker
Doug Moreland Chainsaw Artist
Edward Ji Pianist
Jill Blackwood Guys & Dolls Performer
David Blackwell Mel
Gabriel Luna Kevin
Deana Newcomb Photographer
David Steakley Assistant Director
Peter Harrell Bank Manager
Joe Reynolds Deputy Sheriff
Christian Stokes Truck Driver
John Hornbuckle Generator Operator
Wray Crawford Sheriff's Deputy #2
Margaret Ann Hoard Cafe Waitress
Charles Allen Eskew IRS Man
Quita Culpepper TV Reporter
Mona Lee Fultz Cashier
Jerry Biggs Judge
Robert Works Lead Juror

Technical Credits
Richard Linklater Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Sandra Adair Editor
Michael Bassick Executive Producer
Rodney Becker Art Director
William T. Conway Executive Producer
Bruce Curtis Production Designer
Glenn Eanes Sound Editor
Don Fox Executive Producer
Jack Gilardi Executive Producer
Liz Glotzer Producer
Justin Hennard Sound/Sound Designer
Ken Hirsh Executive Producer
Skip Hollandsworth Screenwriter
Hardy Justice Co-producer
Todd J. Labarowski Associate Producer
Lisa Brown Leopold Co-producer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Robin Lewis Choreography
Johnny Lin Executive Producer
Matt Williams Producer
Sean McEwen Associate Producer
David McFadzean Producer
Dete Meserve Producer
Duncan Montgomery Executive Producer
Mark Mower Co-producer
Darby Parker Executive Producer
Judd Payne Producer
Kari Perkins Costumes/Costume Designer
Dick Pope Camera Operator,Cinematographer
John Pritchett Sound Mixer
Celine Rattray Producer
Kannoo Ravindran Associate Producer
Graham Reynolds Score Composer
David Rosenblatt Asst. Director
Tiller Russell Associate Producer
Mike Saenz Asst. Director
Jack Selby Executive Producer
Beth Sepko Casting
Martin Shafer Producer
Ginger Sledge Producer
George Sledge Asst. Director
Shane Stanger Associate Producer
Sheila Steele Casting

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Bernie
1. Opening Titles [8:40]
2. Sanctuary [7:19]
3. Funeral [8:27]
4. Financial Counseling [8:00]
5. Was Bernie Gay? [7:43]
6. Two Years Later [7:21]
7. What Happened to Carl? [7:49]
8. Carthage Awards [15:03]
9. Self Defense [6:56]
10. Guilty or Innocent? [12:52]
11. Miss My Freedom [2:50]
12. End Credits [6:26]

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