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In this remake of the 1967 Peter Cook and Dudley Moore Faust/Mephistopheles film the Devil is portrayed as a seductive woman (Liz Hurley). The seducee is played by the equally gorgeous Brendan Fraser.

Nerdy Meet Elliot Richards a technical-support operator is in love with co-worker Alison Gardner (Frances O'Connor). He sells his soul to the devil in return for seven wishes.

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Naturally he wishes to be wealthy and married to Alison. Fine enough, except that he discovers he's also a drug lord. Next up he tries for sensitive and becomes a wimp, and so it goes -- examples of "be careful what you wish for".

After all, the devil isn't in the business of creating "heaven" -- the devil is, well, hellish.

Movie still, Brendan Fraser & Liz Hurley in Bedazzled.
When the writers first began updating the original screenplay they decided to offer their hero what most Americans wish for. They then set about illustrating how easily dreams can become nightmares if they are pursued with insufficient thought.

"We spend our lives wishing for those things, which we think will make us happy, successful, and attractive to other people," Ramis says. "And they really don't. I wanted to say that you don't get there by wishing."

"(Elliot) thinks that if he was rich and powerful, or tall and athletic, or brilliant, then women would go for him. And Elliot discovers, as we do in life, that the things we wish for are not necessarily the things that will make us happy."

As for the gender change of the Devil -- it was Ramis' wife's idea.

While Liz Hurley changes costumes through the film, Brendan Fraser and Frances O'Connor change personas, O'Connor plays a Latina spitfire, a bimbo, a journo and a sophisticate. Elliot's colleagues also appear as different characters in his alternative 'realities', an idea inspired by The Wizard of Oz.

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Due for Australian release January 11, 2001
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See also: Harold Ramis also directed Analyze This
Brendan Fraser also appeared in The Mummy, George of the Jungle and Blast from the Past
Liz Hurley also appears in Austin Powers
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Title: Bedazzled (2000)
Written by: Harold Ramis, Larry Gelbart and Peter Tolan
Directed by: Harold Ramis
Produced by: Trevor Albert
Edited by: Craig P. Herring's
Director of Photography: Bill Pope
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The Players: Elliot ...Brendan Fraser
The Devil...Elizabeth Hurley
Alison/Nicole...Frances O'connor
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