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Bernard and the Genie (1991)

Bernard Bottle, a mild mannered art buyer, is fired by his greedy boss, abandoned by his girlfriend and discovers a genie in an old bottle. The genie immediately embraces the modern world and helps Bernard on the side.

Director:

Paul Weiland

Writer:

Richard Curtis
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lenny Henry ... Josephus the Genie
John Gabriel John Gabriel ... Wizard
Alan Cumming ... Bernard Bottle
Rowan Atkinson ... Charles Pinkworth
Denis Lill Denis Lill ... Frank Kepple (as Dennis Lill)
Beaux Bryant Beaux Bryant ... Nurse
Kevin Allen ... Kevin
Andrée Bernard ... Judy
Melvyn Bragg ... Melvyn Bragg
Janet Henfrey Janet Henfrey ... Miss Purse
Marcia Ashton Marcia Ashton ... Miss Temple
Sheila Latimer Sheila Latimer ... Bernard's Mother
Sally Geoghegan Sally Geoghegan ... Waitress
Angela Clarke Angela Clarke ... Carrie (as Angie Clarke)
Bob Geldof ... Bob Geldof
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Storyline

An art dealer befriends a genie whom he frees from a lamp which he has been imprisoned with by an evil wizard for 2000 years for the accidental death of the evil wizard's daughter when the art dealer is fired by his greedy and corrupt boss. Written by Daniel Williamson

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Comedy | Drama | Fantasy

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 December 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

It's been considered that Bernard and the Genie (1991) (TV) could be set in the same universe as Rowan Atkinson's sitcom The Blackadder (1983) (TV Series) and that Charles Pinksworth could be a descendant of the Blackadders. Rowan Atkinson and Richard Curtis were the writers and creators of the sitcom. See more »

Goofs

When Josephus takes Bernard flying on his magic carpet for the first time, he says "The real skill is in the landing". Supposedly they crash-land in a back alley full of bins and rubbish, creating a huge mess. However, the prop-explosion that blows up all the bins is visible because they are all neatly stacked at the first moment when the camera shot shows the alley where they "landed". See more »

Quotes

Genie: And you are a very large turd in a horrible pink shirt.
Charles Pinkworth: I beg your BLOODY pardon?
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Connections

References Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) See more »

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THE Christmas film!
30 July 2007 | by fray_jSee all my reviews

It has everything you need in a Christmas film- laughs, tears, a good message, and every Christmas song known to man! Me and my sister still love it and watch it every year at Christmas. It doesn't seem to have been shown on British TV since we recorded back in the early nineties. They really need to show it again so they can introduce a whole new legion of fans to Bernard Bottle. The video is really rare, I paid £40 for it, and now I discover there is a DVD. Bum! But its still amazing. I have seen it so much that when I now hear 'Lonely This Christmas' I expect a bauble to smash after the words "and an unlit Christmas tree" ! "he's Mr success, he's higher than high, he's sweeter than the sweetest cherry pie"


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