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Bernard and the Genie (1991)

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.


Paul Weiland


Richard Curtis
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lenny Henry ... Josephus the Genie
John Gabriel John Gabriel ... Wizard
Alan Cumming ... Bernard Bottle
Rowan Atkinson ... Charles Pinkworth
Denis Lill ... Frank Kepple (as Dennis Lill)
Beaux Bryant Beaux Bryant ... Nurse
Kevin Allen ... Kevin
Andrée Bernard ... Judy
Melvyn Bragg ... Melvyn Bragg
Janet Henfrey ... Miss Purse
Marcia Ashton Marcia Ashton ... Miss Temple
Sheila Latimer Sheila Latimer ... Bernard's Mother
Sally Geoghegan Sally Geoghegan ... Waitress
Angela Clarke Angela Clarke ... Carrie (as Angie Clarke)
Bob Geldof ... Bob Geldof


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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It was this film, part of the BBC's TV movie strand 'Screen One' that convinced Richard Curtis that a TV budget could let a theatrical quality film be made and released and soon after he began work on 'Four Weddings And A Funeral'. See more »


Josephus is shocked to hear that Julius Caesar and Marcus Brutus are both dead, but he also claims to have been a friend of Jesus Christ. However, Caesar and Brutus both died over forty years before Jesus is said to have been born. See more »


Genie: One day I was in the Temple when they tried to turn it into a supermarket; Jesus went in there and kicked ass!
Bernard Bottle: Like Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Genie: Yes, but with smaller pectorals.
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References Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990) See more »

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THE Christmas film!
30 July 2007 | by fray_jSee all my reviews

It has everything you need in a Christmas film- laughs, tears, a good message, and every Christmas song known to man! Me and my sister still love it and watch it every year at Christmas. It doesn't seem to have been shown on British TV since we recorded back in the early nineties. They really need to show it again so they can introduce a whole new legion of fans to Bernard Bottle. The video is really rare, I paid £40 for it, and now I discover there is a DVD. Bum! But its still amazing. I have seen it so much that when I now hear 'Lonely This Christmas' I expect a bauble to smash after the words "and an unlit Christmas tree" ! "he's Mr success, he's higher than high, he's sweeter than the sweetest cherry pie"

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Release Date:

13 December 1992 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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