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Bernie Details

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Director [[Performer~P99850~Richard Linklater~richardlinklater]] teams with writer [[Performer~P667789~Skip Hollandsworth~skiphollandsworth]] 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 [[Performer~P667789~Hollandsworth~skiphollandsworth]]'s 1998 Texas Monthly article that first caught the attention of [[Performer~P99850~Linklater~richardlinklater]], Bernie takes place in Carthage, TX, where effeminate mortician Bernie Tiede ([[Performer~P195232~Jack Black~jackblack]]) enjoys a reputation as a friendly and upstanding member of the community. Marjorie Nugent ([[Performer~P44255~Shirley MacLaine~shirleymaclaine]]), 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 ([[Performer~P196967~Matthew McConaughey~matthewmcconaughey]]) 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. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

  • Release date:April 27, 2012

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Jack Black Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 2012 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Jack Black Best Male Lead 2012 Nominee
New York Film Critics Circle Matthew McConaughey Best Supporting Actor 2012 Winner

Cast

Jack Black
as Bernie Tiede
Shirley MacLaine
as Marjorie Nugent
Matthew McConaughey
as Danny Buck
Brady Coleman
as Scrappy Holmes
Richard Robichaux
as Lloyd Hornbuckle
Rick Dial
as Don Leggett
Brandon Smith
as Sheriff Huckabee
Richard Jones
as Professor Fleming
Suzi McLaughlin
as Mrs. Pebworth
Grant James
as Mr. Eckles
Raquel Gavia
as Esmerelda
Toby Metcalf
as Oil Worker
David Blackwell
as Mel
Gabriel Luna
as Kevin
Deana Newcomb
as Photographer
Christian Stokes
as Truck Driver
Jerry Biggs
as Judge

Crew

Richard Linklater
Director
Richard Linklater
Producer
Martin Shafer
Producer
Liz Glotzer
Producer
Dete Meserve
Producer
Judd Payne
Producer
Matt Williams
Producer
David McFadzean
Producer
Celine Rattray
Producer
Ginger Sledge
Producer
Richard Linklater
Screenwriter
Dick Pope
Cinematographer
Graham Reynolds
Composer (Music Score)
Sandra Adair
Editor
Bruce Curtis
Production Designer
Rodney Becker
Art Director
Mark Mower
Co-producer
Hardy Justice
Co-producer
Tiller Russell
Associate Producer
Sean McEwen
Associate Producer
Jack Gilardi, Jr.
Executive Producer
Michael Bassick
Executive Producer
Darby Parker
Executive Producer
Kari Perkins
Costume Designer
Justin Hennard
Sound/Sound Designer
David Rosenblatt
First Assistant Director
Dick Pope
Camera Operator
Beth Sepko
Casting
Sheila Steele
Casting
George Dishner
Set Dresser
Kayse Goodell
Second Assistant Director
Ginger Sledge
Unit Production Manager
Karen Wacker
Production Supervisor
James Crowley
Location Manager
Pamela Westmore
Department Head Makeup
Deana Newcomb
Still Photographer
Robin E. McMullan
Costumes Supervisor
Charmaine Richards
Key Hairstylist
Kara Sutherlin
Key Make-up
Jonathan Shaffer
Properties Master
Ellen Lampl
Graphic Design
Brooke Satrazemis
Script Supervisor
Jeffrey Schwan
Stunts Coordinator
Nancy Kirhoffer
Post Production Supervisor
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