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Bernie (2011)

  • Rate: 6.8/10 total 41,556 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Crime | Drama
  • Release Date: 22 June 2012 (Iceland)
  • Runtime: 99 min | USA:104 min
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Bernie (2011)

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  • IMDb page: Bernie (2011)
  • Rate: 6.8/10 total 41,556 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Crime | Drama
  • Release Date: 22 June 2012 (Iceland)
  • Runtime: 99 min | USA:104 min
  • Filming Location: Lockhart, Texas, USA
  • Budget: $5,000,000 (estimated)
  • Gross: $9,203,192 (USA) (14 September 2012)
  • Director: Richard Linklater
  • Stars: Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine, Matthew McConaughey | See full cast and crew »
  • Original Music By: Graham Reynolds   
  • Soundtrack: I've Done That Before
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Widow | Texas | Vacation | Stockbroker | Funeral

Writing Credits By:

  • Skip Hollandsworth (based on the article in Texas Monthly by)
  • Richard Linklater (screenplay) &
  • Skip Hollandsworth (screenplay)

Known Trivia

  • In 2014, the real Bernie Tiede was released from prison after his lifetime sentence was reduced to time served (15 years). One of the conditions of his release was that he had to live in a garage apartment at the home of Richard Linklater, the director of the movie that was an account of his crime. 146 of 146 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • Real residents of Carthage, Texas who knew the real Bernie Tiede and Marjorie Nugent appear in the film providing commentary on the events. 105 of 105 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • Jack Black met with the real Bernie Tiede in Telford Unit State Prison. Shirley MacLaine also spoke with Tiede over the phone. 77 of 78 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • Matthew McConaughey’s mother, Kay McConaughey, makes a cameo in the film as one of the residents of the town. 56 of 60 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • The owners of the Hawthorn Funeral Home in Carthage, Texas, where Bernie Tiede met Marjorie Nugent, refused to allow the film to use the name of the funeral home. 29 of 30 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • The film is based on a 1998 article in Texas Monthly which was written by Skip Hollandsworth. 24 of 27 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • Carthage’s local radio station has the call letters KGAS. Kyle Gass (K. Gas) is a close friend and fellow musician with lead actor Jack Black. 23 of 28 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • There are several scenes that show Bernie (Jack Black) in rehearsals for different community theater musicals. He sings the duet “I’ve Never Been in Love Before”, which ends the first act of Guys and Dolls; he also sings “Seventy-six Trombones” from The Music Man. 12 of 21 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • Filmed in Bastrop Texas. 2 of 2 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • Actress Margaret Bowman, who played Mrs. Nugent’s sister, played Matthew McConaughey’s mother when both appeared in a reenactment of a crime on “Unsolved Mysteries” in 1992. 2 of 2 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |

Goofs: Anachronisms: Bernie committed the murder in 1996, yet he answers an iPhone nearly right after the murder.

Plot: In small-town Texas, an affable mortician strikes up a friendship with a wealthy widow, though when she starts to become controlling, he goes to great lengths to separate himself from her grasp. Full summary »  »

Story: We meet Bernie Tiede (1958- ), a chubby undertaker, who takes pride in his work. He’s a Gospel-singing tenor. In a series of interviews with townspeople, mixed with flashbacks, we follow Bernie: he arrives in Carthage, Texas (pop. 7,000), where old ladies adore him; he befriends a wealthy, mean-spirited widow named Marjorie Nugent; they become companions in both daily routines and expensive vacations. Among those interviewed, only her stockbroker and Danny Buck, the local district attorney, are unsympathetic toward the sunny, sometimes saccharine Bernie. Marjorie changes from sour and alone to happy with Bernie; then she gets possessive. What will sweet Bernie do? Written by<jhailey@hotmail.com>

Synopsis

Synopsis: When the soft-spoken, chubby-cheeked Bernhardt Tiede II arrived for his first day of work as the assistant director of the Hawthorne Funeral Home in the little rural town of Carthage, Texas, no one was sure what to think. The towns barber called him "peachy and sweet." Some men who spent their afternoons swapping stories at Leon Choate’s combination barber-and-gunsmith shop just off the town square openly speculated that he might be a little light in the loafers."

But it wasnt long before Bernie, who never had an unkind word to say about anyone, became one of Carthage’s most beloved residents. His greatest attribute, however, was his ability to create beautiful funerals for Carthage’s deceased. As one townsperson said, With Bernie doing your service, you just knew you were going to get to heaven.

One afternoon Bernie organized the funeral of Rod Nugent, a rich Carthage oilman and chairman of Carthage’s bank. There, he met Marjorie Nugent, the town’s domineering grande dame, despised by almost everyone in Carthage for her arrogance and rude behavior. Like he did with many of the town’s widows, Bernie regularly visited Mrs. Nugent after the funeral. Soon, she began asking him to run errands for her, to take her to both lunch and dinner, and act as her escort on trips. Then, in August 1997, in a story that made headlines in newspapers around the country, Mrs. Nugent was found dead, shot four times in the back, and buried under some frozen foods in the large, rectangular freezer in her garage.

What made the story of Mrs. Nugent’s murder so peculiar was that she had been dead for nine months before people noticed she wasn’t around. (The truth was that no one really cared about looking for her because no one missed her, one resident said.) What made the story truly bizarre, however, was the announcement by police that Bernie not only had murdered Mrs. Nugent but had been using her money to give to people in need throughout Carthage. He even donated $100,000 in Mrs. Nugent’s name to build a new Sunday school building at the Methodist church. Almost immediately after his arrest, even after he confessed to killing her, Carthage citizens rallied around Bernie, going so far as to drive around the courthouse blowing their horns, and begging District Attorney Davidson not to prosecute their favorite assistant funeral home director.

 

FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Michael Bassick known as executive producer
  • William T. Conway known as executive producer
  • John Paul DeJoria known as executive producer
  • Donald Fox known as executive producer (as Don Fox)
  • Jack Gilardi Jr. known as executive producer
  • Liz Glotzer known as producer
  • Alex Gudim known as executive producer
  • Lissa Gudim known as executive producer (as Lissa Collins-Guddim)
  • Ken Hirsh known as executive producer
  • Rav Indran known as associate producer (as Kannoo Ravindran)
  • Hardy Justice known as co-producer
  • Todd J. Labarowski known as associate producer (as Todd Labarowski)
  • Johnny Lin known as executive producer
  • Richard Linklater known as producer
  • Sean McEwen known as associate producer
  • David McFadzean known as producer
  • Kirsten McMurray known as co-producer
  • Dete Meserve known as producer
  • Duncan Montgomery known as executive producer
  • Mark Mower known as co-producer
  • Darby Parker known as executive producer
  • Judd Payne known as producer
  • Celine Rattray known as producer
  • Tiller Russell known as associate producer
  • Jack Selby known as executive producer (as Jack R. Selby)
  • Martin Shafer known as producer
  • Ginger Sledge known as producer
  • John Sloss known as executive producer
  • Shane Stanger known as associate producer
  • Matt Williams known as producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Jack Black known as Bernie Tiede
  • Shirley MacLaine known as Marjorie Nugent
  • Matthew McConaughey known as Danny Buck
  • Brady Coleman known as Scrappy Holmes
  • Richard Robichaux known as Lloyd Hornbuckle
  • Rick Dial known as Don Leggett
  • Brandon Smith known as Sheriff Huckabee
  • Larry Jack Dotson known as Rev. Woodard
  • Merrilee McCommas known as Molly
  • Mathew Greer known as Carl
  • Marjorie Dome known as Townsperson
  • Tim Cariker known as Townsperson
  • Fern Luker known as Townsperson
  • Jack Payne known as Townsperson
  • Sonny Carl Davis known as Townsperson (as Sonny Davis)
  • Chris Humphrey known as Townsperson
  • Ann Reeves known as Townsperson
  • Kay Epperson known as Townsperson
  • Ira Bounds known as Townsperson
  • James Baker known as Townsperson
  • Kay McConaughey known as Townsperson
  • Kristi Youngblood known as Townsperson
  • Kenny Brevard known as Townsperson
  • Margaret Bowman known as Townsperson
  • Mollie Fuller known as Townsperson
  • Tanja Givens known as Townsperson
  • Glenda Jones known as Townsperson
  • Travis Blevins known as Townsperson
  • Sylvia Froman known as Townsperson
  • Martha Long known as Townsperson
  • Jo Perkins known as Townsperson
  • Reba Tarjick known as Townsperson
  • Dale Dudley known as Townsperson
  • James Wilson known as Townsperson
  • Teresa Edwards known as Townsperson
  • Billy Vaticalos known as Townsperson
  • Rob Anthony known as Townsperson
  • Tommy G. Kendrick known as Larry Brumley (as Tommy Kendrick)
  • Pam McDonald known as Townsperson
  • Kathy Gollmitzer known as Townsperson
  • Cozette McNeely known as Townsperson
  • Richard Andrew Jones known as Professor Fleming (as Richard Jones)
  • Charles Bailey known as Friend of Deceased
  • Suzi McLaughlin known as Mrs. Pebworth
  • Grant James known as Mr. Eckles
  • Juli Erickson known as Mrs. Eckles
  • J.D. Young known as Dwayne Nugent
  • Charlie m Stewart known as Dwayne Jr. (as Charlie Stewart)
  • Joe Stevens known as Lewie
  • Raquel Gavia known as Esmeralda
  • Amparo García known as Church Goer (as Amparo Garcia-Crow)
  • Toby Metcalf known as Oil Worker
  • Doug Moreland known as Chainsaw Artist
  • Edward Ji known as Pianist
  • Jill Blackwood known as Guys & Dolls Performer
  • David Blackwell known as Mel
  • Gabriel Luna known as Kevin
  • Deanna Newcomb known as Photographer
  • David Steakley known as Assistant Director
  • Peter Harrell Jr. known as Bank Manager
  • Joe Leroy Reynolds known as Deputy Sheriff (as Joe Reynolds)
  • Christian Stokes known as Truck Driver
  • John Hornbuckle known as Generator Operator
  • Wray Crawford known as Sheriff's Deputy #2
  • Margaret Hoard known as Café Waitress
  • Charles Allen Eskew known as IRS Agent
  • Quita Culpepper known as TV Reporter
  • Mona Lee Fultz known as Cashier
  • Jerry Biggs known as Judge
  • Robert Works known as Lead Juror
  • Chris Barfield known as Community Theater Group
  • Taylor Bryant known as Community Theater Group
  • Colin Bevis known as Community Theater Group
  • Jacqui Bloom known as Community Theater Group
  • Joshua Denning known as Community Theater Group
  • Ellie Edwards known as Community Theater Group
  • Alaina Flores known as Community Theater Group
  • Jennifer Foster known as Community Theater Group
  • Leslie Hethcox known as Community Theater Group
  • Jordan Hill known as Community Theater Group
  • Berkley Jones known as Community Theater Group
  • Trevor McGinnis known as Community Theater Group
  • Mika Odom known as Community Theater Group
  • Chell Parkins known as Community Theater Group
  • David Ponton known as Community Theater Group
  • Gray Randolph known as Community Theater Group
  • Rachel Hull-Ryde known as Community Theater Group
  • Ian Saunders known as Community Theater Group
  • Madelyn Shaffer known as Community Theater Group
  • Larissa Slota known as Community Theater Group
  • Daniel Rae Srivastava known as Community Theater Group
  • Ellen Stader known as Community Theater Group
  • Lara Wright known as Community Theater Group
  • Betty Andrews known as Mrs. Senior Carthage Pageant Contestant
  • Marcia Bailey known as Mrs. Senior Carthage Pageant Contestant
  • Umpy Bechtol known as Mrs. Senior Carthage Pageant Contestant
  • Nita Bouldin known as Mrs. Senior Carthage Pageant Contestant
  • Nellie Hickerson known as Mrs. Senior Carthage Pageant Contestant
  • Jeanette Kloppe known as Mrs. Senior Carthage Pageant Contestant (as Jeanetta Kloppe)
  • Geraldine Miller known as Mrs. Senior Carthage Pageant Contestant
  • Sharon Rigsbee known as Mrs. Senior Carthage Pageant Contestant (as Sharon Rugsbee)
  • Debbie Shaw known as Mrs. Senior Carthage Pageant Contestant
  • Flo Weiershausen known as Mrs. Senior Carthage Pageant Contestant
  • Gina Wooten known as Mrs. Senior Carthage Pageant Contestant
  • Gary Askins known as Juror
  • Ben Bachelder known as Juror (as Benjamin Bachelder)
  • Meredith Beal known as Juror
  • Stacey Bruck known as Juror
  • Michelle Briscoe known as Juror
  • Lesa Brooks known as Juror
  • Gayla Bruce known as Juror
  • Brenda Bunton known as Juror
  • Kristi Copeland known as Juror
  • Jeff Davis known as Juror
  • Orion Gallagher known as Juror
  • Kenneth C. Liverman known as Juror (as Kenneth Liverman)
  • Linda Rudwick known as Juror
  • Mary Stifflemire known as Juror
  • Patty Allieri known as Townsperson (uncredited)
  • Heath Allyn known as Mortuary Student (uncredited)
  • Cheryl Bond Danks known as Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
  • Fred Bothwell known as Mourner (uncredited)
  • Steve Cauley known as Mourner (uncredited)
  • Gene Cervenka known as Grim Reaper – Prison Guard (uncredited)
  • Rebecca Chulew known as Upscale Shopper / Pageant Attendee (uncredited)
  • Erik Collins known as Sheriff Deputy #3 (uncredited)
  • Franky Coronado known as Prison Visitor (uncredited)
  • Randy Coy known as Hard Body Onlooker (uncredited)
  • Wendy Crouse known as Prison Visitor (uncredited)
  • Garret Danks known as Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
  • Daniel B. Davis known as Townsperson (uncredited)
  • Richard Dodwell known as Church Attendee (uncredited)
  • Eddy Fitzgerald known as Bernies Prison Guard (uncredited)
  • Valerie Frazee known as Robin (uncredited)
  • June Griffin Garcia known as Parisian Diner (uncredited)
  • Paul Heckmann known as Carthaginian Resident (uncredited)
  • Connie Kennedy known as Marti Gras Party Goer (uncredited)
  • Stephen C. Kerr known as The Corpse (uncredited)
  • Robert H. Lambert known as Courtroom Witness (uncredited)
  • Rudi Lee known as Grieving Widow (uncredited)
  • Floyd Lloyd known as Funeral Home Patron (uncredited)
  • Kevin Machate known as Federal Agent (uncredited)
  • Jim Mangum known as Choirboy (uncredited)
  • Patrick Martin Jr. known as TV News Cameraman (uncredited)
  • James Leonardo Mayberry known as Churchgoer (uncredited)
  • Angela McClure known as Reporter (uncredited)
  • Timothy T. McKinney known as Small Deputy (uncredited)
  • Caroline McNeil known as Mourner (uncredited)
  • Joe Nelson known as Hearse Driver (uncredited)
  • Earl Nottingham known as Courthouse Vendor (uncredited)
  • Veronica Pierce known as Church Patron (uncredited)
  • Skye Polchert known as Choir Member / Churchgoer (uncredited)
  • Mitchell Rad known as Press Photographer (uncredited)
  • Angelita Aronce Sorensen known as Courtroom Visitor (uncredited)
  • Gary Teague known as Neighborhood Onlooker (uncredited)
  • Wendy Tobias known as Bernie's Haloween Party Reveler / Conga Line (uncredited)
  • Adrun Wilson known as Church Member (uncredited)
  • Heath Young known as Photographer / Churchgoer (uncredited)
  • Daniel Zubiate known as Action News Cameraman (uncredited)

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Supporting Department

Makeup Department:

  • Michaela Farrell known as additional makeup artist
  • Roxie Hodenfield known as hair department head
  • Roz Music known as hair stylist: Mr. Black
  • Roz Music known as makeup artist: Mr. Black
  • Leola Perez known as additional hair stylist
  • Charmaine Richards known as key hair stylist
  • Kara Sutherlin known as key makeup artist
  • Pamela S. Westmore known as makeup department head (as Pamela Westmore)
  • Jacenda Burkett known as assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
  • Pamela S. Westmore known as makeup artist: Shirley MacLaine (uncredited)

Art Department:

  • Chia Berry known as art department coordinator
  • Justin Brookhart known as art department intern
  • Chris Clayton known as set dresser
  • Leila Dallal known as assistant property master
  • George Dishner known as set dresser
  • Melanie Ferguson known as on-set dresser
  • Juliet Guimont known as scenic artist
  • Evan Hodge known as set dresser
  • Juliana Hoffpauir known as additional buyer
  • Allan Holder known as propmaker
  • Ellen Lampl known as graphic designer
  • Jason Marlow known as graphic designer
  • Pat Martine known as scenic artist
  • Christopher Mekhail known as art department trainee: Australia (as Chris Mekhail)
  • David Menefee known as gang boss (as Dave Menefee)
  • Matt Miller known as set dresser
  • Andrew Schwartz known as art department trainee
  • Jonathan Shaffer known as property master
  • Garrett Smith known as art department intern
  • John 'B.J.' Smith known as lead scenic artist (as B.J. Smith)
  • Michael Smothers known as utility technician (as Mike Smothers)
  • Aaron Statler known as leadman
  • Justin Stegall known as set dresser
  • Tom Ward known as construction coordinator
  • Zac Ward known as propmaker (as Zak Ward)

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Company

Production Companies:

  • Mandalay Vision (presents)
  • Wind Dancer Productions (presents) (as Wind Dancer Films)
  • Detour Filmproduction
  • Castle Rock Entertainment
  • Collins House Productions
  • Horsethief Pictures

Other Companies:

  • Act One Script Clearance  rights and clearances (as Act One Clearances)
  • Amangamek Film & Video  video playback
  • Brigade Security of Texas  security (as Brigade Security)
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera cranes
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera dollies
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  hydrascope telescoping crane arm
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  remote camera systems
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  stabilized remote camera systems
  • Cinelease  grip electric equipment
  • Cinetic Media  financing and distribution advisory services
  • Deluxe Digital Media  digital intermediate
  • Dolby Laboratories  sound mix
  • Fintage CAM  Collection Account Management
  • FotoKem  Avid editing systems
  • Gray Krauss Stratford Sandler Des Rochers  legal services (as Gray Krauss Des Rochers)
  • King SoundWorks  printmastering facility
  • Lakeshore Records  soundtrack
  • Locations Catering  catering
  • MPS Studios  arri alexa cameras
  • MPS Studios  camera equipment provided by
  • Red House Studios  music recorded at
  • Sloss Eckhouse LawCo  business and legal affairs (as Sloss Eckhouse)
  • Sound Lab Austin Texas  adr recording
  • SoundWorks Houston  additional adr
  • Soundcrafter  post-production sound services
  • Tequila Mockingbird  additional music recording
  • Texas State University  special thanks
  • The Cimarron Group  poster design (uncredited)

Additional Details

Distributors:

  • Alliance (2012) (Canada) (theatrical)
  • Cathay-Keris Films (2012) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Good Films (2015) (Spain) (theatrical)
  • Millennium Entertainment (2011) (USA) (theatrical)
  • PARLUX Entertainment (2012) (Hungary) (theatrical)
  • Transformer (2013) (Japan) (theatrical)
  • A-Film Home Entertainment (2012) (Netherlands) (DVD) (Blu-ray) (rental)
  • A-Film Home Entertainment (2012) (Netherlands) (DVD) (rental)
  • A-Film Home Entertainment (2012) (Netherlands) (DVD) (retail)
  • A-Film Home Entertainment (2013) (Netherlands) (DVD) (Blu-ray) (retail)
  • Ascot Elite Home Entertainment (2013) (Germany) (DVD)
  • Ascot Elite Home Entertainment (2013) (Germany) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Feelgood Entertainment (2013) (Greece) (DVD)
  • Film1 (2013) (Netherlands) (TV) (limited)
  • Golden Scene (2013) (Hong Kong) (DVD)
  • Golden Scene (2013) (Hong Kong) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • La Aventura Audiovisual (2015) (Spain) (all media)
  • Madman Entertainment (2012) (Australia) (all media)
  • Millennium Media Entertainment (2012) (USA) (DVD)
  • Millennium Media Entertainment (2012) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Pinema (2012) (Turkey) (all media)
  • Tanweer Films (2011) (India) (all media)
  • Tanweer Films (2012) (Bangladesh) (all media)
  • Tanweer Films (2012) (Bhutan) (all media)
  • Tanweer Films (2012) (Nepal) (all media)
  • Tanweer Films (2012) (Pakistan) (all media)
  • Tanweer Films (2012) (Sri Lanka) (all media)
  • Universal Home Entertainment (2013) (UK) (DVD)
  • Zon Audiovisuais (2012) (Portugal) (all media)

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Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • Reel FX Creative Studios (visual effects)

Visual Effects by:

  • Dale Carman known as visual effects supervisor: Radium/Reel FX
  • Dustin D'Arnault known as matte painter: Radium/Reel FX (as Dustin D'arnault)
  • Dan Dixon known as visual effects supervisor: Radium/Reel FX
  • Pete Herzog known as visual effects executive producer: Radium/Reel FX
  • Doug Hogan known as compositor: Radium/Reel FX
  • Dag Ivarsoy known as compositor: Radium/Reel FX
  • Laychin Lee known as visual effects artist: Radium/Reel FX
  • Leah Garner Orsini known as visual effects producer: Radium/Reel FX (as Leah Garner)
  • John Rogalski known as compositor: Radium/Reel FX
  • Mike Roy known as visual effects artist: Radium/Reel FX
  • Randall Smith known as compositor: Radium/Reel FX

MPAA: Rated PG-13 for some violent images and brief strong language

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