BERNIE

BY CHRISTOPHER HASKELL
NOVEMBER 18, 2013

Mixing reality with fiction, “Bernie” takes the true story of Bernie Tiede, an assistant funeral director in the small town of Carthage, Texas, and his love affair with the very much older Marjorie Nugent, whom he eventually shoots in the back and is taken to trial for, and brings in a comedic touch headed by Jack Black, who dominates this role. Likable and soft-spoken, the true story of Bernie is told through interviews with actual Carthage townspeople, also mixed with actors, telling the impossibly true story of a man an entire town loved even after the murder of Marjorie. Shirley MacLaine plays the impossible-to-love old bag, who takes Bernie in and won’t let him go, while Matthew McConaughey steps into the role of local DA Danny Buck. Strangely enough, the mockumentary style of the film works, with humor coming of the odd ducks picked to be interviewed and their candid responses filled with a Southern ignorance that rings true. On top of great performances, director Richard Linklater proves that rules can be broken for the good of entertainment. Never rising above this hick town mentality, Jack Black is still enough to sell this film and delivers one of his most memorable performances to date, bringing to light this spectacular true story.

RELEASE DATE
April 27, 2012

DIRECTOR
Richard Linklater

WRITTEN BY
Richard Linklater
Skip Hollandsworth

BASED ON
“Midnight in the Garden of East Texas”
by Skip Hollandsworth

STUDIO
Millennium Entertainment

PG-13
(for some violent images and brief strong language)

BIOGRAPHY
COMEDY
CRIME
DRAMA

99 minutes

CINEMATOGRAPHER
Dick Pope

COMPOSER
Graham Reynolds

EDITOR
Sandra Adair

CAST
Jack Black
Shirley MacLaine
Matthew McConaughey
Gabriel Luna

PRODUCED BY
Liz Glotzer
Richard Linklater
David McFadzean
Dete Meserve
Judd Payne
Celine Rattray
Martin Shafer
Ginger Sledge
Matt Williams

BUDGET
$6 million

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