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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 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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Stanley Moon (Dudley Moore) is a short order cook, infatuated with Margaret (Eleanor Bron), the statuesque waitress who works at Wimpy Bar with him. Despondent, he prepares to end it all when he meets George Spiggott, a.k.a. the Devil (Peter Cook). Selling his soul for seven 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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(At around seventeen minutes) After Stanley Moon (Dudley Moore) signs away his soul, George Spiggott (Peter Cook) files the form away under "M"; the other names he reads out from the files while finding Moon's place are Niccolò Machiavelli, Senator Joseph McCarthy, Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, Miller (presumably a reference to their Beyond the Fringe (1964) colleague Jonathan Miller) and Moses ("Irving Moses, the fruiterer"). See more »

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(at around 3 mins) Margaret calls out restaurant orders for "french fries." In Britain, french fries are called "chips" and this is how they are listed on the Wimpy menu. See more »

Quotes

Stanley Moon: You painted a beautiful dream and shoved me into a nightmare.
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G.P.O. Tower
Composed by Dudley Moore
Performed by Dudley Moore Trio
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A clever and classy treat
13 April 2002 | by mathewshiresSee all my reviews

"Bedazzled", mainly because it's not available on DVD (and even VHS in the UK), has become something of a cult in recent years. This is also due to the simple fact that its a very good film, a very mannered and well-crafted high concept flick.

Dudley Moore and Peter Cook were still friends in 1967. They were two of British TV's most feted stars, and had also enthusiastically appeared together in a few ensemble comedy films. They were no slouches when it came to their first feature either. Stanley Donen was brought in a director, Cook toiled over the witty script, Moore did the perky score.

"Bedazzled" is slightly dated and is quite an uncommercial product overall, but its still a clever and interesting film. It doesnt deliver bellylaughs, but it is pretty thought-provoking and intelligent. There's funny one-liners ("Yes, Irving Moses-the fruitier etc), totally original ideas (the animated fly sequence, Raquel Welsh as Lust), slapstick stuff and a top pop parody with Cook as the indifferent "Drimble Wedge".

The pathos and sadness underpinning the movie is perhaps best summed up with the conned old lady's "Goodbye" as the Eyewash men leave. "Bedazzled" is very British and very 60s, but it still a well-made and well-acted fantasy, much better than the silly 2000 remake.


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Release Date:

10 December 1967 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$600,000 (estimated)
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