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Richard Linklater's Bernie is a gently told and unexpectedly amusing true-crime comedy that benefits from an impressive performance by Jack Black.



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In the tiny, rural town of Carthage, TX, 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 Bernie, 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. Bernie frequently traveled with Marjorie and even managed her banking affairs. Marjorie quickly became fully dependent on Bernie and his generosity and Bernie struggled to meet her increasing demands. Bernie continued to handle her affairs, and the townspeople went months without seeing Marjorie. The people of Carthage were shocked when it was reported that Marjorie Nugent had been dead for some time, and Bernie Tiede was being charged with the murder. -- (C) Official Site

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Jack Black
as Bernie Tiede
Shirley MacLaine
as Marjorie Nugent
Rick Dial
as Don Leggett
Brady Coleman
as Scrappy Holmes
Richard Robichaux
as Lloyd Hornbuckle
Brandon Smith (I)
as Sheriff Huckabee
Larry Jack Dotson
as Rev. Woodard
Richard Jones
as Professor Fleming
Charles Bailey
as Friend of Deceased
Suzi McLaughlin
as Mrs. Pebworth
Grant James
as Mr. Eckles
Julie Erickson
as Mrs. Eckles
J.D. Young
as Dwayne Nugent
Charlie Stewart
as Dwayne, Jr.
Raquel Gavia
as Esmerelda
Toby Metcalf
as Oil Worker
Doug Moreland
as Chainsaw Artist
Edward Ji
as Pianist
Jill Blackwood
as Guys & Dolls Performer
Deana Newcomb
as Photographer
David Steakley
as Assistant Director
Peter Harrell Jr.
as Bank Manager
Joe Reynolds
as Deputy Sheriff
Christian Stokes
as Truck Driver
John Hornbuckle
as Generator Operator
Wray Crawford
as Sheriff's Deputy #2
Margaret Ann Hoard
as Cafe Waitress
Quita Culpepper
as TV Reporter
Robert Works
as Lead Juror
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