Director: Richard Linklater
Flamboyant local assistant mortician Bernie Tiede (Jack Black) was one of the last people to be capable of murder. But when well off widow and hateful misanthropist Marjorie "Marge" Nugent (Shirley MacLaine) turns up missing, only to be found murdered, Bernie is brought to trial by Danny Buck Davidson (Matthew McConaughey) accused of her homicide.
- Based on a 1998 Texas Monthly magazine article by Hollandsworth, "Midnight in the Garden of East Texas," that chronicles the 1996 murder of 81-year-old millionaire Marjorie Nugent in Carthage, Texas by her 39-year-old companion Bernhardt "Bernie" Tiede.
- Shirley MacLaine [Marjorie "Marge" Nugent]