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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Griff Rhys Jones,
I saw this short film in around 1990 and I thought it was utterly brilliant, but I haven't been able to trace it since!
The story revolves around Bernard Fripp(Atkinson) who is wrongly diagnosed by his doctor(Hawthorne) as having only 24 hours to live.
This sets Bernard bumbling off on a mission to live life to the full, pursuing Greta Scaachi around the town, trying to make peace with God (via the slowest vicar ever, Broadbent), listening to all his unheard favorite music (in Our Price), and asking Leslie Ash if she has time for some "love, or something?".
All this comes to a predictable but poignant end, leaving the viewer wondering if the previous half hour was the most worthwhile of their life...
I would dearly love to see this film again, but it's on an elusiveness par with "Bernard and the Genie" (also starring Atkinson). Come on BBC we'd pay good money for this stuff!!!
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