“Bernie” is a dark comedy about a relationship in a small East Texas town between a fussy, but beloved assistant funeral home director (Jack Black) and the town’s domineering grande dame (Shirley MacLaine). The film, directed by Richard Linklater (Me and Orson Wells and School of Rock), is based on “Midnight in the Garden of East Texas,” an article published in Texas Monthly magazine in 1998. The article chronicles the life of Bernie Tiede, who transformed the town of Carthage with his generosity and who then, to the disbelief of Carthage residents, was arrested for a serious crime.
Director: Richard Linklater
Writer: Skip Hollandsworth, Richard Linklater
Cast: Jack Black
Running Time: 104 min
Release Date: 2012-04-27
Release: U.S. Theatrical Release through Millennium Ent.