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 a

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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 t… More >>

Bernard and Doris

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  1. After anxiously awaiting the debut of this movie on HBO, I was expecting to see my super favorite celebrity number one crush Ralph Fiennes as a super hot Irish butler with a drinking problem. Yes, please.

    But oh no, this was so not the case. He was a super hot Irish butler with a drinking problem but he was also a Tranny! Excuse me but this played hardcore mess-maker with my little head. At first, I was just disturbed by the movie and talked to my friends about it a lot. I would just call them and text them and they were like, “OK, will you stop now.” And then I couldn’t stop thinking about Ralph Fiennes, my favorite actor ever, in full make up smiling into the camera and I was writing in my journal about it even. Finally, my man said, “You know, you should talk to someone about this.”

    And I said, “I am. I’m talking to you.”

    He said, “No, I mean you need to see a professional therapist. You need the kind of help I just can’t give.”

    So I did, I went into therapy for 6 months! I talked and talked about it. The therapist, Kim, she even saw the film on HBO one morning and was somewhat disturbed by it, as well. But she said what bothered her was the music, which she found to be overly dismal.

    In the end, now I know I can’t choose the roles Ralph Fiennes takes but I can choose to watch the films and then pay thousands to go and talk to Kim about how hot Ralph Fiennes is.

    Rating: 1 / 5

  2. This very fictionalized movie really trashed Doris Duke . It was sad to see her victimized again .
    Rating: 1 / 5

  3. THIS FILM HAS GOT TO BE ALL IN A CLASS BY ITSELF! THANK GOD THE SETS AND SOME OF THE MUSIC WERE PASSABLE. I KNOW SOME OF THE MUSICIANS THAT PLAYED ON THE SOUNDTRACK. AND I LIKED SUSAN SARANDAN . BUT SHE WAS REALLY GREAT IN ”ATLANTIC CITY. BUT THIS ONE WAS REALLY A DUD1.SORRY, BUT THAT’S MY HONEST OPINION…FRANK COLLETT TAGLIERI
    Rating: 1 / 5

  4. Of course, the performances are riveting. Just to be in the same room with these greats is a treat.

    However, this is a lifeless film, which might have been titled, “Zombies In Love.” It went on and on and

    on, drab and exhausting to the final, gray, ending. Or, I should say, it “expired,” as did its leading lady. Two more empty-headed, befuddled, besotted (with each other and alcohol) bores could not be

    found on the planet. I think it was supposed to be a tragedy, but the true “tragedy” was watching it,

    because of one’s fascination with these two brilliant actors (not the sad sacks they portrayed). Skip this

    movie unless you are “under the influence.”
    Rating: 2 / 5

  5. An extremely light treatment of the twisted personal life of one of the richest women in American history. This made for TV style bio has some serious star power playing the two leads but beyond that, it portrays miss Duke’s life as if she were the shallowest type of gay man….with a 24/7 preoccupation with wildly luxurious living in staffed, overdecorated homes all over the globe, wearing expensive clothes and happily paying for sex with macho men waaaaaay below her “status”…and angrily throwing them out in the middle of the night for humping HER female help (who also gets the boot)…in the juiciest, funniest, liveliest scene in the melodrama.

    Mr.Fienes turns in a most amusing performance as the naturally subservient butler who grows extremely close to the lonely heiress who in turns encourages his inner dandy to come out and in the end, the butler, who is practically wearing Doris Duke drag, gets to manage her estate…with a few millions to spare as a personal gift.

    Miss Sarandon, looking very conventionally pretty is totally miscast for being unable to convey the striking physical oddity that set the original woman apart….but she looked like she was having a ball playing Miss Duke.

    The sunlit cinematography strikes the right tone of a life as one long vacation in search of self indulgence…lived by two sad souls who found a special bond.
    Rating: 3 / 5

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