In small-town Texas, the local mortician strikes up a friendship with a wealthy widow, he goes to great lengths to create the illusion that she's alive.
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?
- Richard Linklater (Search director)
- Jack Black as Bernie Tiede (Search actor)
- Shirley MacLaine as Marjorie Nugent (Search actor)
- Matthew McConaughey as Danny Buck (Search actor)
- Brady Coleman as Scrappy Holmes (Search actor)
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Uploaded: September 17, 2012