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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.

Director:

Paul Weiland

Writer:

Richard Curtis
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Cast

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
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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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Comedy | Drama | Fantasy

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Trivia

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

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Genie: I can see it now: the loving relatives, the priest, the staggeringly-attractive best man, the shagged-out bridesmaids...
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Connections

References Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990) See more »

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Absolute Genius
3 November 2004 | by loobyloo_66See all my reviews

I have to agree with the rest of the comments on this page - this is the greatest Christmas film of all time. The performances from Lenny Henry, Alan Cummings and Rowan Atkinson are well cast as are the extras such as Mrs Purse and the lift operator. The acting is superb and the writing is excellent. I have watched it since it was first broadcast Christmas 1991 when I was 8, and have always enjoyed it even from that early age! So definitely a recommended film for all ages, and at any time of the year! "You smell of peppermints and it is time to die!"


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 December 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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