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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

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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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Production Co:

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

(at around 59 mins) There is a reference to the American clothing company, Abercrombie and Fitch, when the Devil is making prank calls. The Devil: "Mrs Fitch?" / Voice on phone: "Speaking" / The Devil: "Abercrombie here, I work with your husband". 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

George Spiggott: Now, then, what'd you like to be first? Prime Minister? Oh, no, I've made that deal already.
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Featured in WatchMojo: Top 10 Movie Devils (2014) See more »

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Italy
Composed by Dudley Moore
Performed by Dudley Moore Trio
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I'm The Horned One, The Devil, Let Me Give You My Card
31 December 2004 | by no-skylineSee all my reviews

Cooke and Moore were possibly the finest comedians the UK has ever produced before Python and others followed Pete and Dud were the undisputed kings of the new cutting edge of comedy/satire in the UK.

But always just under the surface (and later out in the open) there was a sadness and dis-satisfaction to both Peter Cooke and Dudley Moore and I think some of that shows up in this film. Think of the old lady taken for all her money by the Devil and the cheery goodbye she still manages. Also part of the film seems to be dealing with the moral flexibility of people given their circumstance.

Stanley Moon (Moore) has limited opportunities as a short order cook all he desires is the love of Margaret one of the waitresses at the Wimpy he works in. But he is a good person, when after a botched suicide attempt he sells his soul to the devil (Cooke) he has all the opportunities in the world but it is easier for the devil to corrupt him.

Throughout the seven wishes (in accordance with 7 the mystic number, 7 days of the week, 7 deadly sins, 7 brides for 7 brothers..)Stanley can only think of his own needs and perhaps this is why they fail to make him happy. On his one opportunity to give a wish away to stop one of the devils petty tricks (sending a swarm of bee's to harass some flower children) he refuses saying 'Their mine and iv'e only got four left!' The other main theme of this film is more to the forefront dealing with Cooke and Moores attitudes towards religion and it's place in what at the time was the modern world. People were beginning to come away from the church and for the first time non-believers were becoming the majority. Part of the film lampoons religion particularly the bouncing nuns, but at the end it's god who wins out over the devil all be it by a technicality. In a way they showed the obvious contradictions and flaws in the Christian faith - religion nice idea but surely it cant be that way? If all of the above makes this film sound heavy going be assured it's not, and where as in others hands it may have become a pretentious mess it becomes a light hearted very funny comedy romp. If you just want a laugh on a Saturday night this will provide it, if you want to look deeper in and start divining meaning from every little aspect you can it's that sort of film.

Highly recommended 9/10 NOTE - AVOID THE REMAKE LIKE THE PLAGUE IT'S Awful


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