Bedazzled

Bedazzled

Director: Stanley Donen

Cast: Peter Cook, Dudley Moore, Eleanor Bron

     
 

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Falling somewhere between the Beyond the Fringe school and the Monty Python league, Bedazzled is an irreverent Faust take-off, written by and starring Peter Cook and Dudley Moore (Moore also composed the music). Moore plays a short-order cook at a London Wimpyburger restaurant, who falls hopelessly in love with waitress Eleanor Bron. About to…  See more details below

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Falling somewhere between the Beyond the Fringe school and the Monty Python league, Bedazzled is an irreverent Faust take-off, written by and starring Peter Cook and Dudley Moore (Moore also composed the music). Moore plays a short-order cook at a London Wimpyburger restaurant, who falls hopelessly in love with waitress Eleanor Bron. About to commit suicide, the broken-hearted Moore is approached by Satan (Peter Cook). The Fallen Angel offers to purchase Moore's soul in exchange for seven wishes--the first of which is squandered when Satan buys Moore an ice cream bar (something over which the two stars quarrel throughout the film). Enticed by living personifications of the Deadly Sins--Raquel Welch, wearing next to nothing, is "Lillian Lust"--Moore allows Satan to grant him his heart's desire, utilizing the magic words, "Julie Andrews!" But with each wish, Satan, being Satan, can't help but gum up the works with a double-cross. The desperate Moore ultimately wishes to be allowed to spend the rest of his life with Eleanor in an environment with no other men--whereupon Satan transforms both Eleanor and Moore into nuns! Finally Satan has a change of heart, allowing Moore and Eleanor to fall in love in more orthodox surroundings and permitting Moore to regain his soul. Satan hopes that God will appreciate this good deed and allow him to re-enter Heaven. But God doesn't buy this; He's satisfied with Satan remaining mankind's "necessary evil."

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Gregory Baird
The great British comedian Peter Cook plays a mod Mephistopheles in this devilishly funny Faust send-up directed by Stanley Donen (Singin' in the Rain). Dudley Moore is a lovelorn schlemiel in Swinging ‘60s London whose unsuccessful suicide attempt is interrupted when the Prince of Darkness (Cook) promises him seven wishes in exchange for his soul. Bedazzled, which Cook also wrote, offers nonstop laughs as these wishes play out as a series of fantasies involving the unobtainable object of Moore’s desire (Eleanor Bron from Help!). Moore and Cook deftly don a variety of personas, as the latter’s low-rent Lucifer employs a series of clever loopholes to make the wishes go hilariously awry. Quintessentially British (even though it was directed by an American) Bedazzled alternates between marvelously witty dialogue and moments of surreal physical humor, highlighted by a climatic sequence in which a group of nuns -- including Moore himself in a penguin suit -- bounce around on trampolines. Cook and Moore were half of the legendary British satirical revue Beyond the Fringe and had become a successful comedy duo on British TV; Bedazzled turned out to be the perfect screen vehicle for their slick characterizations and fascinating rapport. The result is a sharp and sophisticated farce that offers wacky answers to eternal questions. If you know only the 2000 remake of Bedazzled, you owe it to yourself to see the original.
All Movie Guide - Michael Costello
Musical specialist Stanley Donen is the nominal director of this brilliant comic parody of the Faust legend, but the real auteurs are undoubtedly its two stars, half of the groundbreaking "Beyond the Fringe"comedy group. Dudley Moore plays a wimpy bar waiter, hopelessly in love with his co-worker (Eleanor Bron). When he's on the verge of suicide, Satan (Peter Cook) appears, offering him seven wishes in exchange for his soul. Irreverent and surreal, ranging from high-flown wit to raunchy low comedy, despite moments of inertia, the film remains one of the funniest of its decade. Cook and Moore start out to explore the irrationality of commonplace fears and insecurities along with the commercial exploitation of same, and end with a wholesale comic critique of then-contemporary society which mostly still applies. As funny as Moore is as a man whose various wishes are bent askew by the devil, Cook is the comic center of the film, a mischievous demon who goes about the daily business scratching LPs ('60s), tearing out the endings of books, and flicking parking meters "expired" in his tireless efforts to make the human race miserable. His proudest achievement thus far: advertising. The film reaches its apogee as Moore, now morphed into a nun, takes his rightful place with the sacred order of the Leaping Beryllians. To reveal more would be sacrilege. Bedazzled also represents the apogee of the partnership of Cook and Moore, who would soon go their separate ways, with the latter finding stardom in Hollywood.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/03/2007
UPC:
0024543425359
Original Release:
1968
Rating:
NR
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:44:00

Special Features

Peter & Dud: An interview with the Devil; Peter Cook & Dudley Moore on the Paul Ryan Show; A Bedazzled conversation with Harold Ramis; Original theatrical trailer; Still gallery

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Peter Cook George Spiggott
Dudley Moore Stanley Moon
Eleanor Bron Margaret Spencer
Raquel Welch Lillian Lust
Alba Vanity
Michael Bates Inspector Clarke
Robert Russell Anger
Bernard Spear Irving Moses
Barry Humphries Envy
Parnell McGarry Gluttony
Daniele Noel Avarice
Howard Goorney Sloth
Robin Hawdon Randolph
Michael Trubshawe Lord Dowdy
Evelyn Moore Mrs. Wisby
Charles Lloyd Pack Vicar
Lockwood West St. Peter
Betty Cooper Sister Phoebe
Martin Boddey Cardinal
Erik Chitty Seed
Max Faulkner Priest
Peter Hutchins P.C. Roberts
John Steiner TV announcer
Anna Turner Shop assistant

Technical Credits
Stanley Donen Director,Producer
Peter Cook Screenwriter
Austin Dempster Cinematographer
Richard Marden Editor
Dudley Moore Score Composer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Bedazzled
1. Main Titles [2:13]
2. Fervent Prayer [2:46]
3. The Unholy One [5:37]
4. London HQ [5:06]
5. Signing the Contract [:47]
6. First Wish [1:02]
7. Touching [2:56]
8. Two-for-One [7:45]
9. Multimillionaire [2:40]
10. End of the Movement [2:11]
11. Free Will [5:11]
12. A Place to Rest [2:37]
13. Lust [1:57]
14. Pop Stars [4:54]
15. Everywhere [2:54]
16. Eyewash [1:09]
17. Fly on the Wall [3:03]
18. The Simple Life [4:05]
19. It's a Game [3:38]
20. Envy [3:46]
21. Get Thee to a... [3:33]
22. Forever [6:22]
23. Such a Mess [2:40]
24. Unbelievable/End Credits [1:38]

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