Bedazzled

Bedazzled

DVD - 2007
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A short-order cook is hopelessly in love with a waitress who barely knows he's alive. Enter the Devil, who grants him seven wishes in order to win her over, but his efforts are hampered by the Seven Deadly sins including the insatiable Lillian Lust!
Publisher: Beverly Hills, Calif. : Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, 2007.
Edition: Widescreen.
Branch Call Number: BED
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (104 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Alternative Title: Stanley Donen's Bedazzled

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Janice21383
Nov 22, 2016

If you've ever wondered why Pete 'n' Dud were once the kings of British comedy, this movie is a good place to start. The script is tight, the performers were at the top of their game (except for Cook, who is more subdued than his usual relaxed yet manic self), and the story includes both bouncing nuns and a touching friendship. Bedazzled was as far ahead of its time as its remake was behind it. In re. remake: don't. Just don't.

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mswrite
Feb 18, 2016

This movie hit theaters in 1967 and so you might reasonably expect it to be considered dated. But somehow, it's not. Somehow the best films never are, no matter their original release date, and this sly, comic masterpiece belongs in that category. "Bedazzled" is very much of its time, with all its swinging sixties look and feel, and yet its zany, anarchic spirit remains fresh, its comment on the human condition sharp. Written by British stars Peter Cook and Dudley Moore (two of the four brilliantly talented Beyond The Fringe comedy troupe) and directed by quintessential Hollywood director Stanley Donen, "Bedazzled" feels like an unlikely miracle of pop entertainment--how did these seemingly disparate characters come together? Let's hope for a commentary track.

UPDATE: Sadly, no commentary track. But there are a few nice special features, including a late seventies British television interview with Dudley Moore and Peter Cook, who reminisce a bit about their comedy beginnings by way of publicizing the duo's then-latest (and as it turns out final) major film release, the 1978 remake of "The Hound of the Baskervilles," and a brief and very funny black & white sixties promotional spot in which, during what appears to be a break in the "Bedazzled" filming (director Donen was just off-camera eating his lunch), "reporter at large" Dudley Moore interviews Mr. George Spiggott aka The Devil (a deadpan Cook, in full costume). Finally there's an affectionate on-camera remembrance by actor-director Harold Ramis, who wrote and directed the completely pointless 2000 remake. In Ramis's retooling, sexy Elizabeth Hurley embodies both The Devil and Raquel Welch's memorably sultry Lillian Lust character; Brendan Fraser attempts the Stanley Moon role played to neurotic perfection by Moore in the 1967 original.

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Nursebob
Dec 14, 2014

Timid short-order cook Stanley Moon (Dudley Moore at his mousiest) dreams about making a move on Margaret, the strangely coiffed waitress. Alas, dream is all he can do thanks to a terminal lack of self-confidence, a fact that drives him to the brink of suicide. Help of a sort arrives in the form of George Spiggot (Peter Cook, brilliant!) a suave, smooth-talking con artist who also goes by the names Lucifer, Beelzebub, and Satan. Spiggot offers to grant Moon seven wishes in exchange for his measly little soul, an offer Stanley finds too good to be true. But, as the sayings go, be careful what you wish for and the devil is in the details for Satan quickly proves himself to be a most devious genie. As Stanley doggedly tries to win the heart of the elusive Margaret, Spiggot manages to twist his every wish into something vulgar causing the hapless burger-flipper to find himself transformed into everything from a snobbish cuckold to a common housefly to a lesbian nun. In the meantime God, portrayed here as a somewhat less than divine Voice, has a few plans of his own for the errant angel. Moore and Cook have penned a side-splitting satire that manages to skewer religion, politics, and consumer culture all at the same time. Cook’s silver-tongued Satan is a perfect blend of mischievous imp and heartless capitalist who takes great pride in his work whether he’s swindling old ladies, stealing souls, or simply taking a hammer to a shipment of bananas. Aided by the Seven Deadly Sins (including Raquel Welch as a convincing Lust) he runs the Rendezvous Club, a sleazy vice joint with no shortage of clientele. In the role of the naive and bewildered Stanley, Dudley Moore provides the perfect foil for Cook displaying the flexibility and sense of timing that made him a comedic mainstay. A cheeky satirical romp whose flamboyant performances and sparkling script have managed to withstand the test of time.

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rslade
Aug 14, 2014

Good comic stuff for it's time, but has not stood up well. The low production values are also apparent.

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Aeternitas
Jan 25, 2014

This is one of the best examples of comic genius out there. The modern remake was a farce, but this is pure gold. British Humour at it's highest, and one of my favourite movies of all time.

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