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The story of the twilight years of tobacco billionairness Doris Duke and her relationship with her gay butler, to whom she left her entire fortune. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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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 ... Nancy
Nick Rolfe ... Ben

James Rebhorn ... Waldo Taft

Dominick Dunne ... Board Member
Thomas J. McGrath ... Board Member
Gene Parseghian ... Board Member
Henry Schleiff ... Board Member

Calvin Trillin ... Board Member
Kunnath P. Namboodiri ... Swami
David Kuhn ... Dinner Guest

Neal Huff ... Dinner Guest
Jim Bracchitta ... Patrolman (as James Bracchitta)
Robert Penotti ... Masseur

Bruce MacVittie ... Doctor
Ed Onipede Blunt ... Second Officer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Vincent Bagnall ... Chauffeur (uncredited)

Corey Hibbert ... Security Guard #2 (uncredited)
Eliot Sash ... Cop #1 (uncredited)
John Schuman ... Cop in Cruiser (uncredited)

April Yvette Thompson ... Ms. Chang (uncredited)

Directed by
Bob Balaban 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Hugh Costello 

Produced by
Bob Balaban .... executive producer
Dana Brunetti .... executive producer
Jonathan Cavendish .... executive producer
Adam Kassen .... executive producer
Mark Kassen .... executive producer
C. Cory M. McCrum-Abdo .... associate producer (as Cory McCrum Abdo)
Mark Olsen .... co-executive producer
Kevin Spacey .... executive producer
Glen Trotiner .... associate producer
Original Music by
Alex Wurman 
Cinematography by
Mauricio Rubinstein (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Andy Keir 
Casting by
Kim Moarefi 
Nina Pratt 
Fiona Weir 
Production Design by
Franckie Diago 
Art Direction by
Dirk Braeger 
Costume Design by
Joseph G. Aulisi 
Makeup Department
Ma Kalaadevi Ananda .... makeup artist: Ms. Sarandon (as Marilyn Carbone)
Milton Buras .... hair stylist: Mr. Fiennes
Milton Buras .... wig stylist: Mr. Fiennes
Stacey Butterworth .... wig maker: Ms. Sarandon
Lynn Campbell .... makeup artist: Mr. Fiennes
Verena Cristofaro .... additional makeup artist
Waltaya Culmber .... additional makeup artist (as Waltaya Culmer)
Robin Day .... hair stylist: Ms. Sarandon (as Robin Maginsky Day)
Robin Day .... wig stylist: Ms. Sarandon (as Robin Maginsky Day)
Paul Huntley .... wig maker: Mr. Fiennes
Kristen Kiyan .... additional makeup artist (as Kristen Infield)
Colleen Liddy .... hair stylist: additional photography
Erica Lytton .... additional makeup artist
Melissa Yonkey .... wig consultant
Production Management
Tracey Guadagno .... production supervisor
Mike Harrop .... post-production supervisor: New York
Alexis Hudgins .... production supervisor
Cynthia Kao .... associate production supervisor
Mark L. Mitchell .... post production executive
Glen Trotiner .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Stephen A. Glanzrock .... first assistant director
Eric Richard Lasko .... second assistant director: additional photography (as Eric Lasko)
Roger Lee .... second assistant director (as Roger MacDonald Lee)
Glen Trotiner .... first assistant director
Jonathan Yevin .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Charles Colon .... key construction grip: additional photography (as Charles Colón)
Liza Handziak .... scenic artist: additional photography
Curtis Pollock .... property master (as Custis Lytle Pollock)
Eric Robel .... graphic designer
Leonardo Weiss .... storyboard artist: additional photography
Elvis Strange .... graphic designer (uncredited)
Sound Department
Gina Alfano .... adr editor: New York
James Austin .... engineering services: Skywalker Sound (as Jim Austin)
Chris Barron .... digital sound transferer: Skywalker Sound (as Christopher Barron)
Antony Bayman .... adr recordist
David Boulton .... adr mixer
John Cannon .... assistant sound editor
Otto Cedeno .... boom operator: additional photography
Krissopher Chevannes .... adr recordist (as Kris Chevannes)
John Countryman .... digital sound transferer: Skywalker Sound
Robert Deschaine .... adr mixer
Edwin Dunkley .... video services: Skywalker Sound (as Ed Dunkley)
John Dunn .... sound editor
Doug Ford .... engineering services: Skywalker Sound
Jason George .... sound editor
Jonathan Greber .... digital sound transferer: Skywalker Sound
Chat Gunter .... sound mixer: additional photography (as Chat Gutner)
Howie Hammerman .... engineering services: Skywalker Sound (as Howard Hammermann)
Lora Hirschberg .... sound re-recording mixer: Skywalker Sound
David Hunter .... digital editorial services: Skywalker Sound
Lukasz Janik .... sound mixer
Bobby Johanson .... adr mixer
Matt Kent .... sound recordist
Leff Lefferts .... digital editorial services: Skywalker Sound (as Leffert Lefferts)
Dave McMoyler .... supervising sound editor
Carey Milbradt .... foley mixer
Nathan Nance .... sound re-recordist: Skywalker Sound
Mark Paterson .... assistant adr recordist
Brandon Proctor .... sound re-recording mixer: Skywalker Sound
Monique Reymond .... foley artist
Ronald G. Roumas .... sound re-recordist: Skywalker Sound
Geoffrey G. Rubay .... supervising sound editor (as Geoffrey Rubay)
John Sember .... boom operator
Tony Sereno .... sound mix technician: Skywalker Sound
John Torrijos .... video services: Skywalker Sound (as John 'J.T.' Torrijos)
Tami Treadwell .... adr recordist
Ignacio Valero .... boom operator
Karen Vassar Triest .... sound editor (as Karen Vassar)
Zach Martin .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Matthew E. Taylor .... sound editor (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Mandy Arnold .... digital restoration artist: Laser Pacific
Michael L. Castillo .... digital restoration artist: Laser Pacific (as Michael Castillo)
Sarah Coatts .... visual effects producer: main title sequence: yU+co.
Mark Intravartolo .... senior inferno artist: Modern Videofilm
Bruce Mann .... digital restoration artist: Laser Pacific
Eric Robel .... photo retouching
Jeff Schiffman .... digital restoration senior production engineer: DTS Digital Cinema
Matt Sell .... digital restoration artist: Laser Pacific (as Matthew Sell)
Mai Suzuki .... digital restoration artist: Laser Pacific
Rob Wolpert .... digital restoration project lead: DTS Digital Cinema
Bob Fox .... digital artist (uncredited)
John Schuman .... stunt coordinator (as John-Eric Schuman)
Camera and Electrical Department
Carter Bissell .... swing
Steve Briante .... assistant camera
Charles Cann .... grip (as Charles A. Cann)
John Corso .... camera operator: additional photography
DeWitt Davis .... swing
Luke Deikis .... additional electric
David George Ellis .... steadicam operator (as David Ellis)
Frederick C. Galfas .... key grip (as Frederick Galfas)
Derek Gross .... gaffer
Christian Jara .... best boy electric: additional photography
Arsen Keheian .... grip: additional photography
Matthew Kerr .... grip: additional photography (as Mathew Kerr)
Aaron Kovalchik .... first assistant camera: additional photography
Chris Lally .... key grip: additional photography
Kate Larose .... second assistant camera
Paul Leroy .... grip: additional photography
Nathan Gabriel Lopez .... additional second assistant camera
Daniel Luebke .... additional best boy grip (as Dan Luebke)
Thomas Petersen .... best boy grip
Jeremy Rodriguez .... grip: additional photography
Alison Cohen Rosa .... still photographer
Henning Thien .... video engineer: additional photography
Travis Tomlinson .... grip/electric intern
Craig West .... second assistant camera
Casey Wooden .... best boy electric
Allen Zellman .... electrician: additional photography
Mark McDevitt .... assistant camera: (uncredited)
Wayne Paull .... additional camera operator (uncredited)
Casting Department
Joe Cappelletti .... adr voice casting
Stanley Kaplan .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Johanna Argan .... assistant costume designer
James Deanes .... wardrobe assistant
Eric Gaskins .... designer and maker: red satin gown
Juliet Ouyoung .... costume shopper
Autumn Saville .... assistant costume designer
Sara Tosetti .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Michelle Botticelli .... assistant editor: New York
Donnie Creighton .... digital intermediate producer: Laser Pacific
Alex Cristo .... post-production assistant
Daniel Dujnic .... assistant editor: New York
Jeremy Frindel .... assistant editor: New York
J.D. Funari .... trailer editor
James Gadd .... assistant editor: Los Angeles (as Jimmy Gadd)
Doug Jaqua .... color scientist: Laser Pacific
William Lehman .... assistant editor: New York
Harry Muller .... lab color timer
Carrie Oliver .... digital editor: Laser Pacific
Lee Percy .... additional editor
Tim Vincent .... color timer: Laser Pacific
Renannah Weinstein .... assistant editor: New York
Location Management
Charlie Pinto .... location assistant
John Schuman .... location manager
Music Department
Tom Brissette .... score mixing assistant
Tom Calderaro .... orchestrator
Heather Clark .... musician: flute
Debbi Datz-Pyle .... orchestra contractor: The Music Team
Ray Espinola Jr. .... associate music supervisor
Larry Goldings .... musician: piano
Steven Hufsteter .... musician: trumpet (as Steve Huffsteter)
Evyen Klean .... music supervisor (as Evyen J. Klean)
Joe LaBarbera .... musician: drums
Michael Lang .... musician: piano
Janet Lopez .... music coordinator
Lawrence Manchester .... score mixer
Lawrence Manchester .... score recordist
Laura McLean .... assistant: Mr. Wurman
Darek Oles .... musician: bass
Jeffrey Schindler .... conductor
Ellen Segal .... music editor
Bob Sheppard .... musician: alto sax
Perry Smith .... musician: guitar
Alan Steinberger .... musician: piano
Bob Thiele Jr. .... composer: original songs and additional music (as Bob Thiele)
Robert Wolff .... pro tools operator
Alex Wurman .... musician: flügelhorn
Alex Wurman .... orchestrator
Alex Wurman .... score producer
Gina Zimmitti .... orchestra contractor: The Music Team
Steve Durkee .... score recording engineer (uncredited)
Other crew
Linda Algozer .... medical consultant
Edwin Baker .... title designer
Emily Baron .... production assistant
Brett Batty .... butler consultant
Stefan Bozydaj .... production assistant
Greg Butler .... dance instructor
Collin Carrothers .... production assistant: additional photography
Eugene Choe .... production assistant
Randi M. Cohen .... production coordinator: additional photography
Katie Deutsch .... production assistant
Becky Di Lallo .... production assistant (as Becky Dilallo)
Peter Duchan .... assistant: Mr. Balaban
Mark Edlitz .... assistant: Ms. Sarandon
Michael Fabiani .... assistant: Mr. Fiennes, additional photography
Neal Feldman .... production assistant
Stephen Gabis .... dialect coach
Jim Garvey .... key production assistant
B.C. Hawkins .... production intern (as BC Hawkins)
Justin Herman .... production intern
Dadrea Heron .... production intern
Kara Janeczko .... assistant: Ms. Sarandon, additional photography
Kirsten Kearse .... script supervisor: additional photography
Eric LaFranchi .... production assistant (as Eric Lafranchi)
Grace Lee .... production assistant
Nathan Lopez .... production intern
Luther Lotz .... production assistant
Patrick McLeroy .... production assistant: additional photography
Anthony Merced .... production intern: additional photography
Kelly Messias .... assistant: Mr. Fiennes, UK
Ginny Nugent .... production executive
Synderela Peng .... title designer
Patrick Petrocelli .... assistant: Adam & Mark Kassen
Eva Porter .... client services: Skywalker Sound
Maren Rahlf .... production intern
Jennifer Rhodes-Kropf .... medical consultant (as Dr. Jennifer Rhodes-Kropf)
Ryan Robertson .... main title producer
Amanda Roche .... production intern
Susie Ross .... production assistant: additional photography (as Susan Ross)
Anatol Rotman .... production assistant
Hayden Roush .... production intern
Kate Schumaecker .... assistant: Mr. Balaban
Craig Shilowich .... assistant to the producers
Jon Simpson .... production assistant: additional photography
Sarah Sklar-Heyn .... production intern
Gerard Sztabnik .... production intern: additional photography
Martha Trachtenberg .... research assistant: Re: Search
Etsuko Uji .... title designer
Becky Veduccio .... assistant: Mr. Fiennes, New York
Jacob Wasserman .... production assistant: additional photography
Taj Whitesell .... production assistant
Rachel Wiesner .... production intern
Derek Yip .... production accountant
Garson Yu .... title designer
Stefan Bozydaj .... assistant: Ralph Fiennes (uncredited)
Craig Cohen .... production counsel (uncredited)
Cory Monden .... senior engineer (uncredited)
Amy Teitter .... production assistant (uncredited)
Sharon Watt .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Andy Arons .... thanks
Marilyn Cooperman .... thanks
Madeline Day .... thanks
Paul Hunchak .... thanks
Donna Karan .... thanks
Eric Wheeler .... thanks
Diahn Williams .... thanks (as Diahn McGrath)

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103 min
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Susan Sarandon owns the dog who plays Doris' pet. The dog's name is Penny, a Pomeranian Maltese.See more »
Revealing mistakes: "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 »
[first lines]
Doris Duke:Ugh! What is this?
First Butler:Cantaloupe, ma'am.
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11 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
I love the way you're breaking my heart!, 25 June 2008
Author: jotix100 from New York

If there is a clue to the relationship between Doris Duke and her live-in assistant, Bernard Lafferty, it seems to be the moment in which she asks him point blank: "What do you want from me?" After all, Ms. Duke was used to buy people left and right, as it was rumored was the case when she paid a million dollars to French actress Danielle Darrieux for the privilege of divorcing playboy Porfirio Rubirosa. Doris, who evidently got tired of people and things easily, had the upper hand in dealing with what she needed at any particular moment.

"Bernard and Doris", an HBO film, directed by Bob Balaban, and conceived by Hugh Costello, is based on a relationship that is perhaps a fantasy in the mind of its creators. Fact and fiction are mixed freely, although this movie doesn't try to give us reality because after all, Doris Duke's real life story would have probably made a Hollywood epic.

Some things that come out in the film show us an heiress who enjoyed sex. That explains her marriage to Rubirosa a notorious man of mystical sexual prowess. Doris is seen bedding a rough man who, while satisfying her, he sought to have fun with her maid as well. When she fired the servant she immediately regrets it because of being fond of the way she worked.

Bernard Lafferty, a man that had a huge drinking problem, came to work for Doris during her last years. In the film, Bernard is subservient and meek, when reality indicates he probably ruled Doris life with an iron fist. The figure that emerges is not exactly who one could imagine him to be because of the many accusations after Doris' death. The real Lafferty and the screen Lafferty are two different persons.

The film is worth a look because of the work of the two principals. Susan Sarandon is totally convincing as Doris as is the case with Ralph Fiennes the way his character was conceived for this screen treatment. This is one of Susan Sarandon's best roles in quite some time. Mr. Fiennes is great fun to watch as the gay butler that loved to wear his employer's finery.

Maurice Rubinstein's cinematography captures the plush interiors of the Duke's estate. Alex Wurman contributed the music score and the editing of Andy Keir work well with Mr. Balaban overall concept.

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