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Bernard and Doris

Bernard and Doris

Sep. 01, 2006USA, UK103 Min.TV-14
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Bob Balaban


Susan Sarandon isDoris Duke
Doris Duke
Ralph Fiennes isBernard Lafferty
Bernard Lafferty
Peter Asher isFirst Butler
First Butler
Don Harvey isSecurity Guard
Security Guard
James Rebhorn isWaldo Taft
Waldo Taft
Dominick Dunne isBoard Member
Board Member


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?

Original titleBernard and Doris
IMDb Rating6.6 3,127 votes
TMDb Rating6.4 28 votes

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