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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Josephus the Genie
John Gabriel ...
Wizard
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Bernard Bottle
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Denis Lill ...
Frank Kepple (as Dennis Lill)
Beaux Bryant ...
Nurse
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Kevin
Andrée Bernard ...
Judy
Melvyn Bragg ...
Himself
Janet Henfrey ...
Miss Purse
Marcia Ashton ...
Miss Temple
Sheila Latimer ...
Bernard's Mother
Sally Geoghegan ...
Waitress
Angela Clarke ...
Carrie (as Angie Clarke)
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Himself
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Storyline

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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Released on DVD in the UK on 4th September 2007. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Bernard Bottle: Originally, it was supposed to celebrate the birth of this chap called Jesus Christ, who was born, well, about 2000 years ago.
Genie: Jesus, you say?
Bernard Bottle: Yeah.
Genie: But I knew this guy.
Bernard Bottle: You did not!
Genie: I did, I mean, what did he do to get so famous?
Bernard Bottle: Well, he turned out to be the Son of God.
Genie: No! I thought he was kidding.
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References Dixon of Dock Green (1955) See more »

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Totally adorable!
22 December 1999 | by (NJ, USA) – See all my reviews

I saw this when it premiered on UK television, Christmas 1991. I taped it from A&E a few years ago, and now it's part of my Christmas Eve ritual! This is a really cute movie, and suitable for older children. (There's nothing really offensive in it; I just don't think there's enough happening to keep younger kids interested.) Alan Cumming and the brilliant Lenny Henry have a great chemistry. Rowan Atkinson is, as ever, brilliant. I love when the Genie tries ice cream for the first time; he runs out into the street and yells, "HEY EVERYBODY, YOU HAVE TO TRY THIS STUFF! It's freezing cold and tastes exactly like strawberries!" I also love the newscast with the results of the boys' wishes. People outside the UK won't get all the references, but it's still worth it!


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