Bernard and the Genie (1991)

TV Movie  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Fantasy  |  13 December 1992 (USA)
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Bernard Bottle, a mild mannered art buyer, is fired by his greedy boss, abandoned by his girlfriend and discovers a genie in an old bottle. The genie immediately embraces the modern world and helps Bernard on the side.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Gabriel ...
Denis Lill ...
Frank Kepple (as Dennis Lill)
Beaux Bryant ...
Melvyn Bragg ...
Janet Henfrey ...
Miss Purse
Marcia Ashton ...
Miss Temple
Sheila Latimer ...
Bernard's Mother
Sally Geoghegan ...
Angela Clarke ...
Carrie (as Angie Clarke)


An art dealer befriends a genie whom he frees from a lamp which he has been imprisoned with by an evil wizard for 2000 years for the accidental death of the evil wizard's daughter when the art dealer is fired by his greedy and corrupt boss. Written by Daniel Williamson

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Comedy | Drama | Fantasy


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13 December 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bernard i duh  »

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Did You Know?


Josepheus takes Bernard back through time, when Bernard wishes he never killed the policeman and returns back in his own time, when Bernard wishes Josepheus to go home. Lenny Henry had played Doctor Who in a parody of the long-running BBC science fiction series in "The Lenny Henry Show" in 1985 and Rowan Atkinson would play the alien time traveler in the 1999 "Comic Relief" parody "Doctor Who: The Curse of Fatal Death" and Trevor Laird had appeared in both the original and revived series of "Doctor Who". See more »


When Josephus takes Bernard flying on his magic carpet for the first time, he says "The real skill is in the landing". Supposedly they crash-land in a back alley full of bins and rubbish, creating a huge mess. However, the prop-explosion that blows up all the bins is visible because they are all neatly stacked at the first moment when the camera shot shows the alley where they "landed". See more »


Genie: [after having insulted the police] Do you... wish I'd never said any of that?
Bernard Bottle: [smiling] Yes I do!
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References Dixon of Dock Green (1955) See more »

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Truly one of the best.
4 November 2000 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This is truly one of the best movies I have ever seen. It is incredibly funny from start to end. Though it is rather short, it is never boring. It keeps your attention throughout the film with it's good story-line and keeps you laughing until the end. It will also keep you smiling well after it is over. Watch this film whenever you need to cheer up, laughter is the best medicine and this is the morphine of film.

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