Bernie Tiede is a mortician in the town of Carthage, Texas, where his easy going manner curries favour with all of the locals. He becomes an unlikely companion to widowed curmudgeon, Marjorie Nugent, who has lots of money but few social graces. To the astonishment of the residents, Bernie and Marjorie become inseparable companions and travel everywhere together. However, Marjorie's demands begin to grate on Bernie and in a fit of anger, he murders the crone and then uses her money to support his friends and neighbours in the community.
- Richard Linklater