Synopsis: 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?
Director(s): Richard Linklater
Production: Millenium Entertainment
  Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 10 wins & 18 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
104 min

? Now Iove Iifted me ?

His personality was,

just, Iike, magnetic, okay?

So people were drawn

to him all the time.

And because of that, that personality,

before too Iong, he was the

most popular man in Carthage.

? Love Iifted me Love Iifted me ?

? Looove Iifted meee ?

Carthage is in east Texas.

And it`s totally different

from the rest of Texas,

which could be five

different states, actually.

You got your west T exas out

there with a bunch of flat ranches.

Up north, you got them Dallas

snobs with their Mercedes,

and then you got Houston,

the carcinogenic coast

all the way up to Louisiana.

Then down south, San Antonio, uh,

that`s where the Tex meets the Mex.

Like the food.

And then in central Texas,

you got the People`s Republic of Austin

with a bunch of hairy-Iegged

women and Iiberal fruitcakes.

Of course, I Ieft out the panhandle,

and a Iot of people do, but..

Carthage..this is

where the south begins.

This is Iife behind the pine curtain.

And, and, and truth be

known, it`s a good place.

Carthage has such a good reputation

that it`s Iisted in The Best

small Towns of America, volume Two

as the best small town in T exas.

That`s right. Page 1 57.

Oh, hell, most people Iive in

Carthage because they were born here.

Carthage sits on what was once one of

the biggest gas fields in the world.

Back in the gas boom of the 40s and 50s,

a lot of people got rich around here.

Well, as I recall,

we were gonna get a lot

of the older people in town

Ieaving for the sweet hereafter,

and we got a Iittle

backed up in the cold room,

um..frankly, I was

Iooking for some help.

Bernie must`ve seen an ad or something.

He called from Louisiana and

I hired him over the phone,

not fully knowing what to expect.

These are our viewing rooms.

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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