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Bernard and Doris (2006)

The story of the twilight years of tobacco billionairess Doris Duke and her relationship with her gay butler, to whom she left her entire fortune.

Director:

Bob Balaban

Writer:

Hugh Costello
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Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 29 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Susan Sarandon ... Doris Duke
Ralph Fiennes ... Bernard Lafferty
Peter Asher ... First Butler
Don Harvey ... Security Guard
Chris Bauer ... Chef
Monique Gabriela Curnen ... Paloma
Marilyn Torres Marilyn Torres ... Nancy
Nick Rolfe Nick Rolfe ... Ben
James Rebhorn ... Waldo Taft
Dominick Dunne ... Board Member
Thomas J. McGrath Thomas J. McGrath ... Board Member
Gene Parseghian Gene Parseghian ... Board Member
Henry Schleiff Henry Schleiff ... Board Member
Calvin Trillin ... Board Member
Kunnath P. Namboodiri Kunnath P. Namboodiri ... Swami
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Storyline

Sympathetic look loosely based on the relationship between tobacco heiress, Doris Duke (1912-1993) - think Duke University - and her shy butler, Bernard Lafferty. The icy and mercurial Duke fires her butler for serving a chilled cantaloupe; the agency sends Lafferty, formerly household staff to Liz Taylor and to Peggy Lee. He's an alcoholic, fresh out of rehab. He gradually becomes Duke's gay alter ego as she romps through life sleeping with young men, making shrewd decisions quickly, managing her fortune and orchids as Lafferty manages her New Jersey estate. With a wine cellar to die for, Bernard falls off the wagon. Can he pull himself together when Doris needs him? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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TV-14 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 October 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bernard e Doris - O Mordomo e a Milionária See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

After being shown at a film festival, "Bernard and Doris" was sent directly to cable television rather than premiering in movie theatres. See more »

Goofs

"She said it was important. 'Perhaps I will get the feeling back ..." It's the same body of a newspaper article for two different articles. Around 23 minutes into movie. One article had headline of Doris Duke attending opening with Leonard Bernstein. The second headline was her buying a Boeing 737 for $25 million. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Doris Duke: Ugh! What is this?
First Butler: Cantaloupe, ma'am.
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Connections

Version of Too Rich: The Secret Life of Doris Duke (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

All I Need Is You
Written by Mitchell Parish, Benny Davis and Peter De Rose
Performed by Susan Sarandon
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Forgettable if without Susan Sarandon's performance
10 December 2009 | by Gordon-11See all my reviews

This film is about the mysterious relationship between a wealthy woman, Doris Duke, and her butler.

"Bernard and Doris" is a film that is hard to put a finger on. On one hand, it portrays the mysterious relationship between Bernard and Doris beautifully. What they have is more then just employer and servant, but more like a friend, and even more than just friends. On the other hand, I find a lack of emotional engagement between the story and the viewers. The film and the characters do not make me care about them. Fortunately, Susan Sarandon is amazing as she showcases her acting talent. She is stylishly arrogant at first, assertive but approachable in the middle and frail at the end. "Bernard and Doris" is worth watching just for Susan Sarandon's performance alone. The film would have become quite forgettable without her.


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