(DVD - 2012 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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"In the tiny, rural town of Carthage, Texas, assistant funeral director Bernie Tiede was one of the town's most beloved residents. He taught Sunday school, sang in the church choir and was always willing to lend a helping hand. Everyone loved and appreciated Bermie, so it came as no surprise when he befriended Marjorie Nugent, an affluent widow who was as well known for her sour attitude as her fortune ... The people of Carthage were shocked when it was reported that Marjorie Nugent had been dead for some time, and Bernie Tiede was charged with the murder"--Container.
Statement of Responsibility: Mandalay Vision and Wind Dancer Films present a Detour Filmproduction ; a Richard Linklater film ; producers, Celine Rattray, Martin Shafer, Liz Glotzer, Matt Williams, David McFadzean, Judd Payne, Dete Meserve ; produced by Ginger Sledge, Richard Linklater ; screenplay by Richard Linklater & Skip Hollandsworth ; directed by Richard Linklater
Title: Bernie
Country of Producing Entity: United States
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (99 min) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Content Type: two-dimensional moving image
Media Type: video
Carrier Type: videodisc
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Report This Mar 01, 2014
  • kayliemarie rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I really enjoyed Jack Black's character as well as the story. I was pleased to see how they handled the "true story" and that real people from the town were used in the movie.

Report This Feb 26, 2014
  • LindaHolland rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Quite a change of pace for Jack Black. He's a very quirky but well-loved member of a small community in Texas. His desire to help people gets him in trouble when he befriends an older widow (Shirley McLaine) who eventually dominates and controls him till he breaks. Matthew McConahey is the small town lawyer who thinks he's better than he is ... quite a different role for him as well. That this is based on a true story makes it all the more enjoyable. I really liked this film!

I enjoyed this movie. The fact that it's based on a true story made it even better. I have new respect for Jack Black. I will visit Texas one day....these people seem so real...I liked them!

Report This Jan 19, 2014
  • Quimeras rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Based on actual and strange events, this story could have been told in a number of ways. I think that the writer(s)/director(s) got it just right.

Report This Dec 24, 2013
  • 21221018293347 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed Jack Black in this conservative role as an undertaker who caters to the older widows in his community. Very polite and thoughtful gentleman. Then along comes Shirley McLaine as an ascerbic widow (surprise). Based on a true story, it is well worth watching Jack Black in this role.

Report This Dec 05, 2013
  • 21221004556327 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

It has to be one of the most unusual movies. Certainly not your average hollywood stuff.

Report This Aug 12, 2013
  • VahiniG rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I've watched this film more than once. Incredibly under-rated.... this film is funny and unique. Jack Black has such a beautiful voice!

Report This Jul 31, 2013
  • rslade rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

For a murder, this is an oddly sweet film.

Report This Jul 05, 2013
  • ownedbydoxies rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Jack Black is excellent. This movie, based on a true story, is funny and touching and so odd, that it just has to be true!

Report This Jun 30, 2013
  • voisjoe1 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

“Bernie” is a combination comedy, satire, noir art film that is somewhat based on a small-Texas strange capital crime. The director made it into a collage by including interviews of non-actors from that small town who may or may not be reading their lines or actually may be revealing their feelings about the crime. A bonus is we get to see Shirley MacLaine in a role that she plays in her mid seventies. The DVD special features includes a video the actual criminal speaking on tape (but audio blocked perhaps because prisoners are not allowed to be presented in any way by the prison system).

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