Bernard And Doris

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Inspired by the true story of tobacco billionairess Doris Duke and her devoted Irish butler Bernard Lafferty, the touching HBO Films drama Bernard and Doris stars Oscar winner Susan Sarandon (Dead Man Walking) and Ralph Fiennes (The English Patient). After failed relationships with her previous waitstaff, Doris meets Lafferty, fresh out of rehab and without a penny to his name. She takes him on as her butler and he is put in the unenviable position of having to convince the notoriously demanding Duke to keep him in her employ.

Directed by Bob Balaban (Gosford Park), the film effectively captures the elegance of a bygone era and is scored with countless musical standards, such as Peggy Lee's "The Best is Yet to Come". Bernard and Doris tells the witty and endearing tale of an unconventional bond between a society "princess" and her flawed "pauper" of a butler.


Studio HBO
SKU 206852387
UPC 883929010059
UPC 14 00883929010059
Format DVD
Release Date 5/18/2010
Name Sarandon,Susan
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Cast & Crew
Alex Wurman - Original Music By
Andy Keir - Editor
April Yvette Thompson - Actor
Bob Balaban - Director
Bob Balaban - Producer
Dana Brunetti - Executive Producer
Dirk Braeger - Art Director
Frankie D. - Production Designer
Hugh Costello - Writer
Mauricio Rubinstein - Cinematographer
Peter Asher - Actor
Ralph Fiennes - Actor
Susan Sarandon - Actor
ReviewSource Rolling Stone
Review This stunner of a movie is so far under the radar you'll have to go to HBO to find it. Get crackin'. It's the hip antidote to multiplex junk such as Mad Money and Meet the Spartans. Susan Sarandon is at her scrappy, sexy best as tobacco heiress Doris Duke -- think Paris Hilton with brains and genuine hotness. And this is Ralph Fiennes like you've never seen him, as Bernard Lafferty, a secretly alcoholic, furtively gay Irishman who stumbles into a job as her butler. The time is 1987. Six years later, Doris is dead and Bernard, out of rehab, controls her billion-dollar estate. Was it murder? So went the rumor, but the charges didn't stick. The deft script by Hugh Costello cheerfully admits, "Some of the following is based on fact and some of it is not." In reality, Bernard resembled Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Doris looked like, um, hell. But you won't care. Get Emmys ready for Sarandon and Fiennes, who transcend everything tabloid in the material. They create an intimate love story that manages to be hilarious and heartbreaking, often at the same time. How fitting that they duet so movingly on an S&M ballad from Peggy Lee (Bernard's former employer) called "I Love the Way You're Breaking My Heart"...All praise to director Bob Balaban, who doesn't miss a beat or a nuance in bringing us in, close as a whisper, to what might have been.
Reviewer Peter Travers
ReviewRating 9
DVD, Widescreen
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Liz Smith, New York Post Both Susan and Ralph are super, super, this exotic story directed to perfection by Mr. Balaban.
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone ...[a] stunner of a movie...Susan Sarandon is at her scrappy, sexy best...And this is Ralph Fiennes like you've never seen him...

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