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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Julie Andrews!!!
Possibly Peter Cook's greatest and yet most underated piece of work. Not only is the screenplay utterly delicious, but Cook's portrayal of the Devil incarnate (a.k.a George Spiggott) has to be one of the best cinematic 'Satans' of all time. There are clear undertones of their fiery off-screen relationship, but if don't look too deeply, you will enjoy this film for what it...
Published on 23 Jun 2005 by Mr M Franklin

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3.0 out of 5 stars Golden oldie
This is a fantastic film. Forget the awful Liz Hurley remake, Cook and Moore hit all the right spots in this one.

'So why the three star review, then, if it's so good?' Well, I'm very glad you asked. The film itself is fantastic, but this particular edition has no subtitles. A huge disappointment for hard-of-hearing viewers.

But then it does have...
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Julie Andrews!!!, 23 Jun 2005
This review is from: Bedazzled [DVD] (DVD)
Possibly Peter Cook's greatest and yet most underated piece of work. Not only is the screenplay utterly delicious, but Cook's portrayal of the Devil incarnate (a.k.a George Spiggott) has to be one of the best cinematic 'Satans' of all time. There are clear undertones of their fiery off-screen relationship, but if don't look too deeply, you will enjoy this film for what it is - a wonderful snapshot of a great comedy partnership at their peak.
This film has not been available to buy for over ten years, elevating it's cult status somewhat. But this is no more than it deserves. Up there with 'Holy Grail' as a true comedy masterpiece.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Faustian Bargain!!!, 29 May 2008
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Rob C. (Glasgow, Scotland) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Bedazzled [DVD] (DVD)
One of my favourite films of all time.I hate when people say it's dated, what do you expect, it was made over forty years ago. It,s a classic sixties movie. The soundtrack is also awesome, took me years to find it on CD and the album stands alone as a great piece of jazz. Pete and Dud, the bizness!!!
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Completely Bedazzled, 5 Oct 2005
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This review is from: Bedazzled [DVD] (DVD)
At the risk of stating the obvious - this film is outstandingly funny. The Faustian relationship between Peter and Dudley - echoing their real relationship? Best bit? Peter's pop song! Theologically the best bit would be George/Peter's explanation of why he was cast out of heaven. A very funny film that reminds you why Peter Cook is the comedian's comedian. And Dudley had the twinkliest eyes in the world.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What about the Frobisher and Gleason raspberry flavour ice lolly?, 8 Oct 2009
This review is from: Bedazzled [DVD] (DVD)
Humour can be a subjective thing but anyone (actually my mother-in-law is one, but then she's mad) who can watch this film without laughing should see a doctor and have their funny bones checked. It's not just that the dialogue is hilarious; the film as a whole is surreal, compelling and thought-provoking - even educational if you're not that familiar with religious doctrine. The acting is superb, including the incredible versatility of Eleanor Bron in her 7 different manifestations as Margaret Spencer, the object of Stanley Moon's (Dudley's) desperate yearnings.

I suppose if anyone is going to have problems with the film it will be younger viewers (although my kids love it) and Americans. In other words, people who are not familiar with Pete and Dud, who perhaps don't recognise some of the cultural aspects of 60s Britain, or who are offended by the very notion of having a laugh about religion.

It's funny how both my favourite ever films ever both feature Raquel Welch, tho other one being the Shawshank Redemption, although in the latter she appears only in poster form of course.

There are so many memorable lines in Bedazzled but I'll just leave you with a couple. The Devil (Peter Cook): "You do realise suicide is a criminal offence Mr Moon? In less enlightened times they'd have hung you for it" Stanley Moon when quizzing the Devil about various theological matters: "I always feel sorry for Jesus having his birthday on Christmas day - you know, only one lot of presents".

As for Liz Hurley doing a remake? Now that really is sacrilegious.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "I'm the Horned One. The Devil. Let me give you my card.", 17 Aug 2006
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Trevor Willsmer (London, England) - See all my reviews
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This Mephistophelean comedy is easily the best of Peter Cook and Dudley Moore's big screen pairings, and far more successful than the Brendan Fraser remake (although the absence of Elizabeth Hurley guarantees that on its own), but it is somewhat inconsistent in tone. It's the set-up and linking scenes that are the funniest and cleverest by far, as Peter Cook's George Spiggott (aka the Devil) explains the various theological conundrums of the whole Good-and-Evil-and-Free-Choice thing to Dudley Moore's short-order hamburger chef Stanley Moon while going about his daily business of mundane petty sins and mischief - fixing parking meters, scratching records, cutting buttons off shirts, drilling holes in oil tankers, persuading pigeons to crap on passers by - with little help from his useless assistants ("What terrible sins I've got working for me. Must be the wages."). Most of the mysteries of the ages are explained: the Garden of Eden is revealed as a boggy swamp just south of Croydon, Heaven turns out to be the garden center at Syon Park in Brentford, God is naturally an Englishman. And the key to success with women turns out to be - "In the words of Marcel Proust - and this applies to any woman in the world - if you can stay up and listen with a fair degree of attention to whatever garbage, no matter how stupid it is that they're coming out with, til ten minutes past four in the morning... you're in."

The wishes themselves are mostly slightly disappointing, like the duo's later TV work showing a tendancy toward overlength, although they do offer Eleanor Bron a chance to really shine in several different incarnations of Moon's fantasy woman, and the fly on the wall sketch and the wonderful leaping Nuns of the Berylian Order are strokes of insane genius (Cook's statically disinterested pop star - "You fill me with inertia" - is an inspired creation too). And don't forget the magic words - "Julie An-drews!"

Second Sight's PAL DVD is a good one - a very good 2.35:1 widescreen transfer, a 23-minute interviw with Barry Humphries (who plays Envy in the film) and raw footage of a newsreel interview on set with Cook and Moore.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ahead of its time but of its time, 22 Mar 2010
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The year of the Vengeance of Fu Man Chu, The Plank, You Only Live Twice, Carry On Doctor, Far From the Madding Crowd, Charlie Bubbles, How I Won the War, Jules Verne's Rocket to the Moon, Frankestein Created Woman, to name but a few, and The Saint and The Avengers on British TV, this film was both of its time (which it gently, and not so gently mocks) and ahead of its time.

Peter Cook and Dudley Moore were colossal talents, with of course Dudley writing the excellent music for the film as well as co-staring in it. While a delightful comedy film, the Faustus allegory is still treated fully and is thought-provoking enough in its own right, not merely in the way Stanely Moon can never quite get his wishes right, as in life, there is always a twist and a sting in the tail.

This film is however much more than a nostalgic piece. It is easy to bandy about words like masterpiece, but this genuinely is. A portrait of an era in the Wilson government, with the creation of the Open University and when there seemed to be a lot of humanistic hope for Britain, before it all took a rather depressing and tawdry right turn.

A wonderful film.

I agree with other reviewers about the Drimble Wedge 'Bedazzled' song starring Peter Cook at his coolest and most laid back. "You fill me with inertia", "I'm self-contained", "It's too much effort" etc. Utterly brilliant.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BeDazzling!, 1 Aug 2005
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Julie Andrews (Grimsby, NE Lincs United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Bedazzled [DVD] (DVD)
Quite possibly one of the funniest films ever made. And Dudley Moore's soundtrack is one of the most-played cds in my collection. A work of genius. No self-respecting dvd collection should be without this
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Peter Cook in his prime. Which is genius!, 20 Mar 2010
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This is an absolute delight. Of course, the fact that Peter Cook is "the funniest man who ever drew breath" (Stephen Fry`s words), and he writes and stars as none other than The Devil, does rather render that comment rather obvious. So why is it so good? Well, Cook is one great devil for a start. He is charming, and clever, and deceitful, and attractive, and witty, and knowledgeable...rather like PC in real life. Dudley is playing up to the character that made your Mum love him - vulnerable, handsome, loveable, cuddly etc. They are the main actors and no scenes are without them, even if it is just them voicing a couple of flies in a mortuary! Possibly, strongly religious-types will find this offensive. The same people that don`t rate Monty Python's Life Of Brian [DVD] [1979] probably! This is more directly mocking of the Bible rather than those who follow blindly, who were the target of Cleese and Co. PC makes so many delightful jabs, puns and outright physical jokes that "Bedazzled" warrants many subsequent viewings. My favourite part would probably be the explanation of how Satan found himself expelled from heaven, but there are so many delights here it`s not easy to single out moments or lines. Like most of what Peter Cook left us, practically every line is brilliant, and bearing in mind he more or less wrote in a stream-of-consciousness style, it makes it all the more incredible. John Cleese said that most people took a few days to write a three-minute sketch - Cook took three minutes. I would still tend to agree with those that feel Cook`s unique skills were not suited to a film`s format or duration - except that he is so funny he hits the mark more often than anyone else. Never doubt buying anything written by or starring Peter Cook.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You painted a beautiful dream and shoved me into a nightmare, 15 July 2009
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Piran Armes "Piran" (Brighton, U.K.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Bedazzled [DVD] (DVD)
Peter Cook and Dudley Moore come up with a truly original and brilliant idea in what has become a true comedy classic and has been remade into a rash Hollywood blockbuster that in this reviewer's opinion was never going to be as dazzling as the original. A wonderful dialogue all written by Peter Cook himself and hilarious images such as trampolining nuns make a film that will not soon be forgotten, though not enough people have seen this crowd pleasing original.

Stanley Moon, a short order cook at Whimpy's is infatuated with fellow worker Margaret. He gets to the end of his tether when he realises he will never be able to get Margaret in his current state and decides to end it all. This is when the Devil appears and gives him an opportunity to live his life with Margaret in the way he sees best, only if Stanley gives his soul to him. Can these wishes truly bring a perfect life and happiness to Stanley? All I'll say is that a deal with the Devil is guaranteed to not be quite as straightforward as it seems.

Every idea has been thought about to make it amusing from the human name the Devil gives himself `George Spiggott' to the magic words he must use to make Stanley Moon's wishes come true `Julie Andrews'. In addition the film has a cast of brilliant and beautiful actors fitting their roles perfectly. This includes Peter Cook, Dudley Moore, Eleanor Bron, Raquel Welch, Barry Humphries and Michael Bates.

A particularly brilliant moment in the film comes when we see Peter Cook's idea that the Devil was once god's right hand angel and spent many of his days dancing around God and singing him praises. George shows Stanley how he was treated in heaven by sitting on a post box acting as god while Stanley danced around and praised him. An entertaining scene with Dudley Moore appearing to be improvising what he's saying making it all the more enjoyable.

Thinking that all ideas for this film came from just two people is quite something and then one of them goes off to write the whole screenplay with a huge number of laughs and clever lines to listen out for. Of course Dudley Moore's convincing performance as the pathetic Stanley is superb and makes every line and action a bit funnier. A film that should be watched by any fan of the modern film as well as fans of Pete and Dud, Bedazzled has enough laughs to keep a smile on your face however the humour may not appeal to all as it is extremely surreal.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Back tom the 70s (60s?), 8 May 2008
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This was when Pete and Dud (together with That Was The Week That Was)were at the height of their powers. Eleanor Bron is superb, as are Pete and Dud. This was a satire that needed to be made at the time. I can think of small criticisms, but nothing that substantially detracts from the overall performance.
if you can remember this time, buy the DVD.
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