Bernie

Bernie

DVD - 2012
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In Carthage, TX, assistant funeral director Bernie Tiede is one of the town's most beloved residents. He sings in the church choir and is always willing to lend a helping hand. He befriends an affluent widow, and she soon becomes dependent on Bernie. Later it is reported that Marjorie Nugent has been dead for some time, and Bernie Tiede is charged with the murder.
Publisher: [United States] : Millennium Entertainment, c2012.
Edition: Widescreen.
Branch Call Number: DVD-AD COMEDY BERN
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (99 min) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.

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Nursebob
Jun 24, 2017

Based on a true story written up by journalist Skip Hollandsworth, director Richard Linklater’s darkly comic satire of skewed small town values takes a deceptively sympathetic stance on Tiede’s crime. As played by Jack Black, Bernie is a soft-spoken dandy with a weak spot for sob stories who only wants to make people happy. Marjorie on the other hand (Shirley MacLaine at her bitchy best) was a devil in blue rinse who delighted in hurting others and shunned any form of human contact. Riding him like a nazi foreman Nugent made Bernie’s life so unbearable that he had no recourse but to grab the nearest rifle and then cover his tracks as best he could. But as we find ourselves joining the townsfolk in patting Bernie on the back and tut-tutting the mean old prosecuting attorney (Matthew McConaughey all cowboy hats and Texas drawl) you can almost sense Linklater smirking up his sleeve. And just in case he didn’t make his point clear enough he throws in a bunch of colourful ad-libbed interviews with locals who are only too eager to extol the virtues of the charming young man who just happened to shoot an old woman in the back four times. Wink wink!

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Palantion
Apr 22, 2017

Excellent movie ! Jack Black shines on how he is a versatile actor in this un known gem.

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CMLibrary_gjd_0
Feb 09, 2016

Not your typical "comedy" and certainly NOT how you expect to see Jack Black; I would call this a dramedy. It's the true story of a very strange man and older dame in Texas. Matthew McConaughey makes a brief appearance as Bernie's lawyer in the closing minutes. If you like your movies on the strange side, you should watch it. If you love Jack Black movies, maybe you shouldn't. (maybe that's a good thing too?!)

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bitsysmom
Sep 04, 2015

Good movie. Very entertaining. No car chase/crashes. No carnage, violence, or murder. That is, if you don't count the old lady Bernie shot and stuffed in the deep freeze under the pork pies. Good way to spend an evening. Oh by the way, Bernie is a mortician.

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marx_bro
Sep 01, 2015

Pretty cool dark comedy! Bernie (played by Black) endears himself to a small East Texas community and befriends the local town bitch. In the by & by he decides (probably through osmosis) to murder the hateful wench (played by McClaine). What's remarkable is the reaction of the townsfolks who seem to think that Bernie is still a good guy. "Only in Texas!!".

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Ron@Ottawa
Jul 27, 2015

Apparently this film is based on a true murder in a small town in eastern Texas. Well directed and acted, this is an interesting film to watch.

d2013 Jul 01, 2015

A true but unbelievable story. Jack Black as Bernie is at his best in this role.

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Milo_Bloom
May 26, 2015

I was surprised at Jack Black in this film. Very different. An enjoyable black comedy.

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MissLibby
May 15, 2015

Delightful!

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BoogerBot
May 11, 2015

Black was great in this movie & I also really enjoyed MacLaine & McConaughey.

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