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Bernice Bobs Her Hair (1976)

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 6 October 1976
Bernice, a shy young woman, leaves her safe home to go visit her flapper cousin. When her cousin tries to teach Bernice how to be much more modern, Bernice gives her much more than she bargained for.


F. Scott Fitzgerald (story), Joan Micklin Silver (screenplay)

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Credited cast:
Shelley Duvall ... Bernice
Veronica Cartwright ... Marjorie
Bud Cort ... Warren
Lane Binkley ... Roberta
Patrick Reynolds ... Draycott (as Patrick Byrne)
Dennis Christopher ... Charley
Polly Holliday ... Mrs. Harvey
Mark La Mura ... Carpenter
Murray Moston Murray Moston ... Barber
Mark Newkirk Mark Newkirk ... Reece
Gary Springer ... Otis
Leslie Thorsen Leslie Thorsen ... Genevieve
Claudette Warlick Claudette Warlick ... Annie
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Henry Fonda ... Narrator


Bernice, a shy young woman, leaves her safe home to go visit her flapper cousin. When her cousin tries to teach Bernice how to be much more modern, Bernice gives her much more than she bargained for.

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Release Date:

6 October 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Berenice levágatja a haját See more »

Filming Locations:

Savannah, Georgia, USA

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1.33 : 1
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Shelley Duvall and Bud Cort both starred in Brewster McCloud (1970). See more »


Marjorie's braids are brunette throughout the story, but they are blond in the back seat of her car. See more »


Warren: [very seriously] I'm at a point in my life where I don't have time for anything but the truth. Life is too short, and I'm getting too old.
Bernice: How old are you?
Warren: [sighs] Nineteen.
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It's cute and good for a laugh.
7 March 2002 | by yellowcherrySee all my reviews

Wishing to lift our spirits before jumping into a heavily themed discussion about "The Great Gatsby," my teacher showed our class this short and enjoyable story. She described it as a "chick-flick" and perhaps she was right. I found it entertaining and one could easily identify with the b***hy Marjorie or timid Bernice. Marjorie was the average girl who was popular and had boys aching to dance with her, while Bernice was her homely, boring cousin staying for a summer visit. Naturally, Marjorie felt she was superior to Bernice and felt like her vapid cousin's inability to socialize was ruining her whole summer. What followed a slow beginning was a light-hearted and funny transformation of Bernice. You will be shocked at the end.

The picture quality was rather poor and at times it was hard for a young child of the 80's like me to understand what they were saying. However, these unpleasant elements did not detract from my enjoyment of the story. The characters and plot were all believable. Although the ending was fitting and a splendid example of poetic justice, my whole class was left wanting to see more. See this film if you like to see film adaptations of Fitzgerald's and do not care for high-tech contemporary films.

I'd give it a 7/10...for now.

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