Bernard and Doris (2006)

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?

Directing:
  • Bob Balaban

Writing:
  • Hugh Costello

Stars:
Release Date: 2006-09-01
themoviedb icon 6.2/10
  • Country: GB, US
  • Language: English
  • Runtime: 103
Don Harvey
Don Harvey
Security Guard
Susan Sarandon
Susan Sarando...
Doris Duke
Chris Bauer
Chris Bauer
Chef
Monique Gabriela Curnen
Monique Gabri...
Paloma
Ralph Fiennes
Ralph Fiennes
Bernard Lafferty
Peter Asher
Peter Asher
First Butler
April Yvette Thompson
April Yvette...
Ms. Chang
Marilyn Torres
Marilyn Torre...
Nancy
James Rebhorn
James Rebhorn
Waldo Taft
Dominick Dunne
Dominick Dunn...
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