- Original title
- Running time
- 99 min.
- United States
Richard Linklater, Skip Hollandsworth
Tommy G. Kendrick,
Mona Lee Fultz,
Castle Rock Entertainment / Collins House Productions / Detour Filmproduction / Wind Dancer Productions / Mandalay Vision / Horsethief Pictures
Comedy. Drama | Black Comedy. Small Town Life (North-american). 1990s. Crime. Based On A True Story. Comedy-Drama. Courtroom Drama. Independent Film (US)
- Synopsis / Plot
- Based on a real-life story. In the tiny, rural town of Carthage, TX, assistant funeral director Bernie Tiede (Jack Black) 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 (Shirley MacLaine), 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.
: Golden Globes: Nominated to Best Actor Comedy (Jack Black)
: Independent Spirit Awards: Nominated for Best Film and Actor (Jack Black)
: Gotham Awards: Nominated for Best Film & Best Ensemble Cast
: New York Film Critics Circle: Best Supp. Actor (McConaughey). 2 Nominations
: Critics Choice Awards: 3 nominations, including Best Comedy Film
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