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Bedazzled (1967)

Approved | | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance | 10 December 1967 (USA)
A hapless loser sells his soul to the Devil in exchange for seven wishes, but has trouble winning over the girl of his dreams.

Director:

Stanley Donen

Writers:

Peter Cook (screenplay), Peter Cook (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Cook ... George Spiggott
Dudley Moore ... Stanley Moon
Eleanor Bron ... Margaret
Raquel Welch ... Lust / Lilian Lust
Alba Alba ... Vanity
Robert Russell ... Anger
Barry Humphries ... Envy
Parnell McGarry Parnell McGarry ... Gluttony
Danièle Noël Danièle Noël ... Avarice (as Daniele Noel)
Howard Goorney Howard Goorney ... Sloth
Michael Bates ... Inspector Clarke
Bernard Spear Bernard Spear ... Irving Moses
Robin Hawdon ... Randolph
Michael Trubshawe ... Lord Dowdy
Evelyn Moore Evelyn Moore ... Mrs. Wisby
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Storyline

Stanley is a short order cook, infatuated with Margaret, the statuesque waitress who works at Wimpy Bar with him. Despondent, he prepares to end it all when he meets George Spiggott AKA the Devil. Selling his soul for 7 wishes, Stanley tries to make Margaret his own first as an intellectual, then as a rock star, then as a wealthy industrialist. As each fails, he becomes more aware of how empty his life had been and how much more he has to live for. He also meets the seven deadly sins who try and advise him. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Peter Cook and Dudley Moore in their first starring comedy! [UK} See more »


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 December 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Stanley Donen's Bedazzled See more »

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Budget:

$600,000 (estimated)
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Stanley Donen Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Peter Cook later recalled (with some astonishment) that Stanley Donen turned down the offer to direct Hello, Dolly! (1969) in order to make this movie. See more »

Goofs

A lot of the outside scenes have clearly been dubbed afterwards to cut down on background noise. See more »

Quotes

George Spiggott: Don't let me interfere with your doing away with yourself.
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References The Alamo (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

Bedazzled
Written by Dudley Moore and Peter Cook
Performed by Dudley Moore Trio
Sung by Peter Cook
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Hip comedy that gets better every time you see it.
17 January 2005 | by mfredenburgSee all my reviews

I have not seen the 2000 remake of Bedazzled for the same reason I never did see the Psycho remake - why mess with something so good?

Dudley Moore as a short-order cook leading a life of quiet desperation and Peter Cooke as the Devil team-up to deliver an extremely funny movie with surprisingly deep theological commentary. The Theodicy, the nature of sin and repentance, and other interesting topics are discussed and explored.

The first time I saw this movie I liked the offbeat humor (If you like Monty Python you will like this movie as well). However, I liked it better the second time I saw it and liked it even more the third time around, etc. So the first you see it you may give it a 7, the second time an 8 and by the third time it will rate a 9 or 10! I actually would give it a 9.5.

Speaking of a 10, Raquel Welch is appropriately cast for this movie!

Some other classic comedies I really like are the Pink Panther Movies, Arsenic and Old Lace (Cary Grant), A New Leaf (Walter Matthau) Dr. Strange Love, Pillow Talk (Doris Day/Rock Hudson),etc. IMHO, Bedazzled belongs in this company.

Unfortunately, it is only out on VHS, but I like this movie enough that I will buy the DVD when it comes out. (Note: it is now available on DVD and I did buy it!)

It would probably would rate a PG or PG-13 because of appropriately sexually explicit content - a funny seduction scene and some very brief nudity (movie would be fine without it, but it is extremely brief).

The movie pokes fun at religiosity. Which might offend some religious people. But if you are a person of faith who doesn't take yourself too seriously, you will find this to be a good watch and you might get an interesting discussion or two out of it.


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