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Bedazzled [VHS] (1967)

Peter Cook , Dudley Moore , Stanley Donen  |  NR |  VHS Tape
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Peter Cook, Dudley Moore, Eleanor Bron, Raquel Welch, Alba
  • Directors: Stanley Donen
  • Writers: Peter Cook, Dudley Moore
  • Producers: Stanley Donen
  • Format: Color, Original recording reissued, NTSC
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • VHS Release Date: October 17, 2000
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00000F2CC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #244,357 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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When the Devil (Peter Cook) offers suicidal short-order cook Stanley (Dudley Moore) seven wishes, Stanley easily surrenders his soul. All of his wishes are granted, to the letter. Unfortunately, as each wish comes to life, the Devil--cheeky sod!--manages to slip some unexpected problem into the mix, ruining everything in a deliciously funny way. Bedazzled was made long before 10 and Arthur made Dudley Moore an unlikely movie star. It's a much purer expression of the off-kilter British humor that Moore and his writing partner Cook pioneered, humor that would lead to Monty Python's Flying Circus and other absurdist goofballs. Moore is charming enough, but what really makes Bedazzled work is Cook, who combines upper-class arrogance with a cheerful, even casual lunacy. Though he played character roles in movies like The Princess Bride and Black Beauty, he was never able to parlay his sneaky sense of humor into starring roles. Bedazzled is his outstanding triumph. Not only does the movie offer some sly commentary on Christian morality, it has a cameo with Raquel Welch as the embodiment of Lust. A classic. --Bret Fetzer

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87 of 91 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cook and Moore: an Abbott and Costello for brainiacs. December 14, 2000
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
Peter Cook and Dudley Moore are my all-time favorite comedy team. Arising from the "Beyond the Fringe" troupe of the 1950s, they went on to create some of the wittiest comedy routines of the 1960s. Taking off brilliantly on traditional British class divisions, they resembled an Abbott and Costello for members of Mensa, with Cook's sarcastic, sneering upper-class snob scoring endless points off Moore's sweet, hapless working-class schlemiel. Unfortunately, they never found a good screen vehicle for their comic personae--except for Bedazzled, directed by Stanley Donen from Cook's screenplay. Moore plays a short-order cook on the verge of suicide because of unrequited love; up pops the Devil, played by Cook, who offers Moore seven chances at the girl of his dreams in exchange for his soul. Of course, the Devil being the Devil (and Cook being Cook), he can't resist skewing each chance just a tiny bit...The film is a screamingly funny yet cohesive string of bits as Cook spoils each of Moore's attempts at happiness. The physical humor (wait till you see the nuns on trampolines) is every bit as wonderful as the verbal barbs (wait till you hear Cook explain how Mussolini's soul eluded his grasp). For those who are sufficiently attentive, there is also much witty and pointed discussion of traditional Christian theology and ethics. Eleanor Bron (as the girl of Moore's dreams) and Raquel Welch (as the living embodiment of Lust) are delicious in more ways than one. Stanley Donen, no stranger to directing films based on tricky screenplays, does full justice to Cook's mordant, wildly imaginative vision. Cook's career floundered in the 70s after the duo split up, and Moore's solo stardom sagged after a few early successes. Now that Cook is dead, far too young, and Moore is desperately ill, we can be grateful for Bedazzled and mourn that it had no successors.
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55 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars terrific classic doesn't need to be re-made! July 23, 2000
I first saw this film my first semester in college... in English 101 of all places! After reading the Goethe's "Faust," we were treated to this drop-dead, split your sides open comedy.
Dudley Moore is perfect as the bumbling, broken-hearted bafoon, Stanley Moon. Peter Cook is the evil, but somehow still loveable George Spiggot aka the Devil. Raquel Welch plays a small cameo role as "Lust," one of the seven deadly sins personified.
Moon (Moore) is lovelorn and secretly pining away for the waitress he works with at the local "Wimpy Burger" in London. When Moore realizes that the girl he desires will never notice him, he attempts to take his life and is rescued by none other than the Prince of Darkness.
Moore agrees to sign over his soul to Spiggot in return for 7 wishes. The poor sap just isn't street smart enough and constantly wishes for something he either didn't intend to wish for or worse, a wish he hadn't really thought out properly and thoroughly... exacerbating the meaning of the phrase, "be careful what you wish for... you might just get it!"
Cook does an exemplary job as the wolf in sheeps clothing. Spiggot gains Moon's confidence by being kind to him... despite his alterior motives, it is probably the first time anyone has been kind to Moon in his whole life and the Devil exploits this to the fullest measure. Lack of street-smarts gets moon in one hilarious pickle after another.
I can't say much more without ruining the plot and the hilarity, but suffice to say, you'll never hear "Julie Andrews" the same way again. I highly recommend this as a clever comedy... and one that's safe to show to teens.
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bedazzled: An Essential Film February 6, 2000
Bedazzled is a black comedy based on the Faustian legend. A restaurant cook(Dudley Moore) makes a deal with the devil (Peter Cook) in exchange for the love of a woman.Classic and unforgettable,this important film has been unavailable for some time.You'll see Dudley Moore's character as an animated fly,as well as a cigar-chomping nun who lusts for Racquel Welch- in an early role as a stripper! The devil gives Dudley wishes in exchange for his soul, but adds hilariously unexpected twists for his own warped amusement.Dudley can only escape his wishes by "blowing raspberries" and uttering the phrase "Julie Andrews! " An excellant cast, an inspired director (Stanley Donen), and a hilariously unique script make this the best film of its genre.A good time will be had by all, and an important lesson will be learned by all who see this timeless masterpiece of irreverence and the triumph of good over evil. It is a travesty that such a classic film is unavailable when so many thoughtless and gratuitious films of this type are being made and sold. This is the film to judge all other Faustian comedies by, and to date, it has no equal.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 is insufficient April 7, 2007
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I will dispense with the funny first. This is the funniest movie ever. Period. No doubt. There is more clever wordplay, more sly jokes, more inventive and wonderful characters than in any other movie. That is a huge plus. I love it. But it is not the reason to watch it. Cook and Moore were often brilliant together, but this is something else. Frog and Peach is dastardly clever. This is much, much more.

Bedazzled is the most wonderful theological movie ever made. How two hedonistic jerks could cook up such a masterpiece I cannot say. But they did. The big questions of faith, free will, good and evil are all addressed beautifully. And intelligently. Good is painted with a simple brush. Evil is the evil we know, not the gross caricature but the sordid and grubby piece in every one's heart, even Mrs. Wisby's. I could write at length on this, but folks think the movie is anti-God or irreverent. Organized religion doesn't look too good, but Bedazzled is as pro-God as any Left Behind film. And still wildly funny and bitingly charming.

The image is great, and the wide-screen is a treat after the boxy VHS image I've endured for years. As to the DVD extras. Well, two short pieces with Dud and Pete, hardly worth the bother, and a rambling boring monologue by Harold Ramis. For a Bedazzled fan, as I have been for nearly 40 years, this is akin to having Steve Bartman on a Cubs DVD. I think Ramis a smart man, and Groundhog Day is on my top 5 all time, but his disastrous remake of this movie took out all the spark, wit and intelligence. A shame, as it would be fun to hear something from the actors who were in on this. All of whom, except the dreadful though lovely Raquel, are wonderful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie!
Published 1 month ago by John Ohmer
4.0 out of 5 stars fans of these actors will probably still love this (cult
Was frankly surprised that the plot and acting/casting varied so obtusely between this original and the modern remake. Read more
Published 2 months ago by LOB
5.0 out of 5 stars Raquel
Raquel Welch this woman has got to be the most beautiful woman ever she made a lot of real good movies but this 1 awesome it's the original Elizabeth Hurley did the other both... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Robertd5150
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best--No Doubt About it
Absolutely no reason whatsoever to waste your money on the Brendan Frasier remake while this far-superior version is still readily available.
Published 3 months ago by D. Kelly
3.0 out of 5 stars BeNumbed
After seeing the more recent remake of this with Brandon Fraser et. al. I was curious about this original take made in England. I was rather disappointed after seeing this version. Read more
Published 5 months ago by W. C. HAKE
5.0 out of 5 stars Cult Comedy
1967 saw the release of Bedazzled, Luckily I got to see it in the theatre. It starred Raquel Welch, who plays Lillian Lust. Read more
Published 5 months ago by K. Nolting
5.0 out of 5 stars This Is The REAL McCoy, The ORIGINAL Version...
This was a very funny movie...probably taught a couple valuable life lessons, as well. And this version is to be preferred over the sequel version(s) that have subsequently been... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Fred Di Francesco
5.0 out of 5 stars what a great movie
the original movie here if you are a fan of moore or donen you will love the great wit this movie has to offer its biting satire written by cook andmoore is great. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great quality for $$$
In my opinion, hands down, one of the greatest, funniest & brilliantly done movies ever made! Cannot wait to watch it again -- thank you!
Published 8 months ago by Alesandra R. Merchant
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatness
One of the best intellectual comedies ever made..Cook and Moore are amazing in this satire of Dantes Inferno.many quotable lines, Penniless and on the verge of suicide,being my fav
Published 8 months ago by Jeff Hirsch
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