History Film / Bernie

20th Mar '16 8:40:24 PM gallium
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''Bernie'' is a 2011 film that presents the mostly-true story of Bernie Tiede (Creator/JackBlack... yes, ''that'' Jack Black), a funeral director in Carthage, TX, who befriends the local battle-axe, Marjorie Nugent (Creator/ShirleyMaclaine), at her husband's funeral, becoming her closest confidant and companion, but eventually becoming her [[HenpeckedHusband verbally abused pet and slave]]. At his wits' end, he [[InsanityDefense snaps]] and kills her with a [[ChekhovsGun rabbit gun]]... and then proceeds to [[OfCorpseHesAlive keep up appearances]], hoping no one will notice the shut-in curmudgeon isn't around much. After being found out, the local DA finds it difficult to gain a conviction for a [[AffablyEvil remorseful Bernie]] who is loved universally by the townspeople, and instead, tries him in a more disinterested county.

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''Bernie'' is a 2011 film that presents the mostly-true story of Bernie Tiede (Creator/JackBlack... yes, ''that'' Jack Black), a funeral director in Carthage, TX, who befriends the local battle-axe, Marjorie Nugent (Creator/ShirleyMaclaine), at her husband's funeral, becoming her closest confidant and companion, but eventually becoming her [[HenpeckedHusband verbally abused pet and slave]]. At his wits' end, he [[InsanityDefense snaps]] and kills her with a [[ChekhovsGun rabbit gun]]... and then proceeds to [[OfCorpseHesAlive keep up appearances]], hoping no one will notice the shut-in curmudgeon isn't around much. After being found out, the local DA (Creator/MatthewMcConaughey) finds it difficult to gain a conviction for a [[AffablyEvil remorseful Bernie]] who is loved universally by the townspeople, and instead, tries him in a more disinterested county.
24th Jan '16 4:48:02 PM creader
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* [[AffablyEvil Affably "Evil"]]: Bernie is exceptionally affable, and only "evil" in that he killed Marjorie, though nearly everyone forgives him (and hated her).

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* [[AffablyEvil Affably "Evil"]]: AffablyEvil: Bernie is exceptionally affable, and only "evil" in that he killed Marjorie, though nearly everyone forgives him (and hated her).



* [[DeadMansChest Dead Womans' Chest]]: Bernie hides Marjorie's body in her meat freezer.

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* [[DeadMansChest Dead Womans' Chest]]: DeadMansChest: Bernie hides Marjorie's body in her meat freezer.



* ExpositoryThemeTune[=/=]MurderBallad: One of the townspeople sings an original song about Bernie and Marjorie over the credits.

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* ExpositoryThemeTune[=/=]MurderBallad: ExpositoryThemeTune: One of the townspeople sings an original song about Bernie and Marjorie over the credits.


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* JerkassHasAPoint: While Danny Buck is rather overzealous and eager to convict Bernie (even using some unsavory tactics), he does point out that Bernie killed someone and can't simply be exonerated because everyone likes him, especially when he confessed to his actions.
12th Jan '16 11:44:08 AM comicwriter
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* MistakenForGay: At one point, Bernie talks with someone about the possibility of losing control of yourself and committing a horrible act you couldn't have possibly done otherwise. He's covertly referring to his murder of Marjorie, but the woman thinks he's trying to tell her that he's gay.

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* MistakenForGay: At one point, Bernie talks with someone about the possibility of losing control of yourself and committing a horrible act you couldn't have possibly have done otherwise. He's covertly referring to his murder of Marjorie, but the woman thinks he's trying to tell her that he's gay.
12th Jan '16 11:09:42 AM comicwriter
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* MistakenForGay: At one point, Bernie talks with someone about the possibility of losing control of yourself and committing a horrible act you couldn't have possibly done otherwise. He's covertly referring to his murder of Marjorie, but the woman thinks he's trying to tell her that he's gay.
26th Sep '15 7:05:06 PM urutapu
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** On the other hand, [[spoiler: he was convicted of first degree murder, with little or no evidence to prove premeditation. One of the Carthage townsfolk suggests that jury were just hicks who saw Bernie as too effete and cultured. such as when he is lured into properly pronouncing ''Theatre/LesMiserables'' (Bernie's protest of "well, *that's* easy" is met with laughs of derision from the gallery and jury) when the play's name is properly pronounced throughout its advertising and the national mainstream media.]]

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** On the other hand, [[spoiler: he was convicted of first degree murder, with little or no evidence to prove premeditation. One of the Carthage townsfolk suggests that jury were just hicks who saw Bernie as too effete and cultured. such as when he is lured into properly pronouncing ''Theatre/LesMiserables'' (Bernie's protest of "well, *that's* ''that's'' easy" is met with laughs of derision from the gallery and jury) when the play's name is properly pronounced throughout its advertising and the national mainstream media.]]
26th Sep '15 7:04:13 PM urutapu
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** On the other hand, [[spoiler: he was convicted of first degree murder, with little or no evidence to prove premeditation. One of the Carthage townsfolk suggests that jury were just hicks who saw Bernie as too effete and cultured. such as when he is lured into properly pronouncing ''Theatre/LesMiserables'' when the play's name is properly pronounced throughout its advertising and the national mainstream media.]]

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** On the other hand, [[spoiler: he was convicted of first degree murder, with little or no evidence to prove premeditation. One of the Carthage townsfolk suggests that jury were just hicks who saw Bernie as too effete and cultured. such as when he is lured into properly pronouncing ''Theatre/LesMiserables'' (Bernie's protest of "well, *that's* easy" is met with laughs of derision from the gallery and jury) when the play's name is properly pronounced throughout its advertising and the national mainstream media.]]
26th Nov '14 9:13:07 PM KamenRiderOokalf
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* KickTheDog: One of the final acts to kill audience sympathy for Marjorie was trying to force Bernie to shoot an intruding, but cute looking, armadillo who doesn't look like it is doing anything seriously damaging.



* [[ShootTheDog Shoot the Armadillo]]: One of the final acts to kill audience sympathy for Marjorie was trying to force Bernie to shoot an intruding, but cute looking, armadillo who doesn't look like it is doing anything seriously damaging.
30th Aug '14 3:02:07 AM bt8257
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* AmbiguouslyGay: Bernie himself. Danny Buck seemed to think he was, at least

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* AmbiguouslyGay: Bernie himself. Danny Buck seemed to think he was, at leastleast.



* EverythingIsBigInTexas: Averted in the usual Hollywood sense, but the film is still very very small town Texas. Most of the shots are littered with typical Texas knick-knacks (cast iron lone star symbols, saddles, longhorn figurines, religious paraphernalia). The residents dress and talk as if they live there (because they do). One man is seen drinking a Lone Star beer. Another has a "Come and Take It" hat. Even the church scenes are depicted accurately without being over the top. The only actor who could be guilty of being anywhere near stereotypical is Matthew McConaughey, who is from Texas anyway.
* ExpositoryThemeTune / MurderBallad: One of the townspeople sings an original song about Bernie and Marjorie over the credits.

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* EverythingIsBigInTexas: Averted in the usual Hollywood sense, but the film is still very very small town Texas. Most of the shots are littered with typical Texas knick-knacks (cast iron lone star symbols, saddles, longhorn figurines, religious paraphernalia). The residents dress and talk as if they live there (because they do). One man is seen drinking a Lone Star beer. Another has a "Come and Take It" hat. Even the church scenes are depicted accurately without being over the top. The only actor who could be guilty of being anywhere near stereotypical is Matthew McConaughey, Creator/MatthewMcConaughey, who is from Texas anyway.
* ExpositoryThemeTune / MurderBallad: ExpositoryThemeTune[=/=]MurderBallad: One of the townspeople sings an original song about Bernie and Marjorie over the credits.



** This troper lives quite close to these towns and can confirm that this is TruthInTelevision.
13th May '14 6:46:47 PM BadSplice
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** A more meta example. Linklater mixed scripted interviews with real-life interviews so that it becomes hard to tell what's real and what's not.
7th May '14 7:17:35 PM jamespolk
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* [[spoiler: DownerEnding: Bernie is convicted of First-Degree Murder.]]
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