Film / Bedazzled (1967)

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Can you guess which of the seven sins she is?

Bedazzled is a 1967 film directed by Stanley Donen and written by and starring Peter Cook and Dudley Moore.

Moore plays Stanley Moon, a short-order cook at Wimpy's who is hopelessly in love with waitress Margaret (Eleanor Bron) but too shy to tell her how he feels. Depressed over his lot in life, he attempts to hang himself. When his attempt fails, in steps Satan, who goes by the unlikely name of George Spiggott and is played by Peter Cook. George offers Stanley seven wishes in return for his soul, and in his desperation, Stanley sees no reason to refuse... after all, What Could Possibly Go Wrong??

A remake of the film was released in 2000.

This 1967 film contains examples of:

  • Affably Evil: George puts Stanley up in his mansion and plys him with food, drink and Lillian Lust. His hospitality makes it all too easy for Stanley to forget how cruel and manipulative he really is.
  • Beauty Equals Goodness: Aversion.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For
  • Blowing a Raspberry: How Stanley ends each wish.
  • Camp Gay: Envy. He even wears green silk pajamas.
  • Cerebus Callback: "What about the Frobisher & Gleeson raspberry ice lolly?"
  • The Chessmaster: George knows what his victims will wish for and is able to identify the flaw in every one of Stanley's plans.
    • "You should have specified the sex."
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: Everything George inflicts on Stanley.
  • Covers Always Lie: This cover makes it look like Rachel Welch as Lust is one of the core characters. Although Lust does have a pivotal role in the film, she's only on for about seven minutes.
  • The Devil Is a Loser: Possibly the most literal example ever.
  • Distracted by the Luxury: Subverted in the rich man wish, where Margaret is running around with another guy, and Stanley buys Margaret a mink coat. She enjoys how it feels, but then just takes it off to run around some more.
  • Evil Is Petty: "Your pranks are so miserable." George's petty schemes include posing as a door-to-door salesman and phoning people while they're in the bath.
  • Fat Girl: Gluttony.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: During Stanley's third wish, a pair of female breasts are shown in the bathroom mirror. Also the film's final lines:
    Satan (to God): "You're unbelievable!" (God laughs).
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Envy. He even wears green.
  • Informed Attractiveness: Margaret isn't necessarily unattractive, but Stanley, Inspector Clarke, and even George act as if she's the best looking woman in London.
    • At one point, George comments on Inspector Clarke's appearance in a highly positive manner.
  • Jackass Genie: George Spiggott embodies this trope.
  • Lazy Bum: Sloth
  • Loophole Abuse: George is an expert at this.
  • Manipulative Bastard: George's entire schtick is playing with Stanley's feelings for Margaret.
  • Medium Blending: When Stanley offhandedly wishes to be a fly on the wall, George turns them both into cartoon-animated flies.
  • Naughty Nuns: "And I love you too, Sister Luna."
  • No Accounting for Taste: Apparently, according to George, Lust is married... to Sloth.
  • Poke the Poodle: George's sole reason for existing, it seems like.
  • Seven Deadly Sins: All seven are introduced. Raquel Welch is Lillian Lust.
  • Take That!: The absurd cloister is probably a veiled potshot at The Flying Nun
  • Villainous Breakdown: George is in a wager with God: he has been promised that if he claims a billion souls before God does, he will be allowed back into Heaven. He achieves this easily but God still finds a way to deny George entry to Heaven, and sends him back to square one.
  • Vow of Celibacy: The Devil gives Stanley Moon seven wishes in return for his soul. Stanley is in love with Margaret so he wishes for them to be together. The Devil decides to be a Jackass Genie and makes Margaret and Stanley nuns in love with each other. They're together in a nunnery but since they're nuns they're celibate.
  • You Won't Feel a Thing: The Devil offers Stanley seven wishes for his soul. Stanley has misgivings and asks "But if you took it out, wouldn't it hurt?" The Devil replies "It's a perfectly painless operation, and afterwards you won't feel a thing!"

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