Bernie (2011)

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  • IMDb page: Bernie (2011)
  • Rate: 6.3/10 total 231 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Crime | Drama
  • Filming Location: Austin, Texas, USA
  • Budget: $6,000,000(estimated)
  • Director: Richard Linklater
  • Stars: Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine and Matthew McConaughey
  • Original Music By: Graham Reynolds   
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • Skip Hollandsworth  screenplay
  • Richard Linklater  screenplay

Known Trivia

    Plot: In small-town Texas, the local mortician strikes up a friendship with a wealthy widow, though when he kills her, he goes to great lengths to create the illusion that she's alive.  »

    Story: In small-town Texas, the local mortician strikes up a friendship with a wealthy widow, though when he kills her, he goes to great lengths to create the illusion that she's alive.


    Synopsis: In the tiny, rural town of Carthage, TX, assistant funeral director Bernie Tiede was one of the towns 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 dependant 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.

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    Produced By:

    • Michael Bassick known as executive producer
    • William T. Conway known as executive producer
    • Don Fox known as executive producer
    • Jack Gilardi Jr. known as executive producer
    • Liz Glotzer known as producer
    • Alex Gudim known as executive producer
    • Lissa Gudim known as executive producer
    • Ken Hirsh known as executive producer
    • Rav Indran known as associate producer
    • Hardy Justice known as co-producer
    • Todd J. Labarowski known as associate producer
    • Johnny Lin known as executive 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
    • Jack Selby known as executive producer
    • 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:

    • Matthew McConaughey known as Danny Buck Davidson
    • Jack Black known as Bernie
    • Shirley MacLaine
    • Veronica Orosco known as Church Patron
    • Tommy G. Kendrick known as Larry Brumley
    • Gary Teague known as Neighborhood Onlooker
    • David Blackwell known as Mel
    • Mona Lee Fultz known as Cashier
    • Rick Dial known as Don Leggett
    • Brady Coleman known as Scrappy Holmes
    • Grant James known as Mr. Estes
    • Christian Stokes known as Truck Driver
    • Sonny Carl Davis known as Lonnie
    • Larry Jack Dotson known as Reverend Woodard
    • Dale Dudley known as Jerry
    • Juli Erickson known as Mrs. Estes
    • Gabriel Luna known as Kevin
    • Richard Robichaux known as Lloyd Hornbuckler
    • Jerry Biggs known as The Judge
    • Richard Jones known as Professor Fleming
    • Daniel Zubiate known as Action News Cameraman
    • Margaret Hoard known as Waitress
    • James Leonardo Mayberry known as Church goer
    • Wendy Crouse known as Prison Visitor
    • Kevin Machate known as Federal Agent
    • Robert H. Lambert known as Courtroom Witness
    • Wray Crawford known as Sheriff's Deputy #2
    • Martha Long known as Church Woman #2
    • Caroline McNeil known as Mourner
    • Chris Humphrey known as Roselyn
    • Amparo García known as Lenora
    • Gene Cervenka known as Grim Reaper – Prison Guard
    • Valerie Frazee known as Robin
    • Steve Cauley known as Mourner
    • Stephen C. Kerr known as The Corpse
    • Terry Harrison known as Funeral Mourner
    • Angela McClure known as Reporter
    • Randy Coy known as Hard Body Onlooker
    • Patty Allieri known as Townsfolk
    • Kathy Gollmitzer known as Carthaginian gossiper
    • Ira Bounds known as Cursing gossip
    • Eddy Fitzgerald known as Bernies Prison Guard
    • Earl Nottingham known as Courthouse vendor
    • Quita Culpepper known as Reporter
    • Paul Heckmann known as Carthaginian resident
    • Kristi Mann known as Church Patron
    • Skye Polchert known as Choir Member / Church Goer
    • Joe Leroy Reynolds known as Police Officer
    • Bryan Tarjick known as Church Member
    • Charlie m Stewart known as Dewayne Nugent jr
    • Charles Bailey known as Friend of the deceased
    • Heath Allyn known as Mortuary Student (uncredited)
    • Ben Bachelder known as Courtroom Extra (uncredited)
    • Cheryl Bond Danks known as Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
    • Franky Coronado known as Prison Visitor (uncredited)
    • Garret Danks known as Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
    • June Griffin Garcia known as Parisian Diner (uncredited)
    • Connie Kennedy known as Marti Gras Party Goer (uncredited)
    • Rudi Lee known as Grieving Widow (uncredited)
    • Patrick Martin Jr. known as TV News Cameraman (uncredited)
    • Timothy T. McKinney known as Small Deputy (uncredited)
    • Joe Nelson known as Hearse driver (uncredited)
    • Mitchell Rad known as Press Photographer (uncredited)
    • Angelita Aronce Sorensen known as Courtroom Visitor (uncredited)
    • Wendy Tobias known as Bernie's haloween party reveler / congo line (uncredited)
    • Adrun Wilson known as Church Member (uncredited)
    • Robert Works known as Lead Juror (uncredited)

    ..{tab=Supporting Department}Makeup Department:

    • Jacenda Burkett known as assistant makeup artist
    • Michaela Farrell known as assistant makeup artist
    • Roxie Hodenfield known as hair department head
    • Roz Music known as makeup artist
    • Kara Sutherlin known as key makeup artist
    • Pamela S. Westmore known as makeup artist: Shirley MacLaine
    • Pamela S. Westmore known as makeup department head

    Art Department:

    • Chia Berry known as art department coordinator
    • Chris Clayton known as set dresser
    • Leila Dallal known as assistant property master
    • Melanie Ferguson known as on-set dresser
    • Juliana Hoffpauir known as set dressing buyer
    • Ellen Lampl known as graphic designer
    • Christopher Mekhail known as art department production assistant
    • David Menefee known as gang boss
    • Jonathan Shaffer known as property master
    • Garrett Smith known as art department intern
    • Aaron Statler known as leadman
    • Tom Ward known as construction coordinator


    Production Companies:

    • Castle Rock Entertainment
    • Collins House Productions
    • Deep Freeze Production
    • Horsethief Pictures
    • Mandalay Vision
    • Wind Dancer Productions

    Other Companies:

    • 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
    • Cinetic Media  financing & distribution advisory services
    • Dolby Laboratories  sound mix
    • Gray Krauss Des Rochers  legal services
    • MPS Studios  camera equipment provided by
    • SoundWorks Houston  additional adr


    • Millennium Entertainment (2011) (USA) (theatrical)
    • Pinema (2012) (Turkey) (all media)
    • Tanweer Films (2011) (India) (all media)

    ..{tab=Other Stuff}Visual Effects by:

    • Dan Dixon known as visual effects supervisor
    • Leah Garner known as visual effects producer
    • Pete Herzog known as visual effects executive producer
    • John Rogalski known as compositor

    Release Date:

    • USA 16 June 2011 (Los Angeles Film Festival)
    • Brazil 6 October 2011 (Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival)
    • UK 23 October 2011 (London Film Festival)
    • USA 27 April 2012 (limited)
    • USA 4 May 2012 (expansion)

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


    Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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