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Scrooged (1988)

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A selfish, cynical television executive is haunted by three spirits bearing lessons on Christmas Eve.

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Richard Donner
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bill Murray ... Frank Cross
Karen Allen ... Claire Phillips
John Forsythe ... Lew Hayward
John Glover ... Brice Cummings
Bobcat Goldthwait ... Eliot Loudermilk
David Johansen ... Ghost of Christmas Past
Carol Kane ... Ghost of Christmas Present
Robert Mitchum ... Preston Rhinelander
Nicholas Phillips ... Calvin Cooley
Michael J. Pollard ... Herman
Alfre Woodard ... Grace Cooley
Mabel King ... Gramma
John Murray ... James Cross
Jamie Farr ... Jacob Marley
Robert Goulet ... Robert Goulet
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Storyline

Francis Xavier Cross is a cynical, mean spirited television executive, he treats his loyal assistant with contempt. He just sacked a member of staff on Christmas Eve for simply disagreeing with him, and he's alienated himself from his brother who still insists on inviting Frank to Christmas dinner despite him refusing to go every year. However, Frank is forced to learn the true meaning of Christmas when he's visited by three ghosts. Written by Iantjambo

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Bill Murray is back among the ghosts. Only this time, it's three against one. See more »


Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 November 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Scrooge: A Christmas Carol See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$32,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,027,842, 27 November 1988

Gross USA:

$60,328,558

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$60,328,558
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Filming began in December, 1987. With Christmas approaching, director Richard Donner asked if the production could have Christmas Day off. But Paramount Pictures executives refused, insisting that filming should continue on Christmas Day. However, Donner outwitted them. At the end of the day on December 24, 1987, he officially fired the entire cast and crew. Two days later, on December 26, he officially re-hired everyone. The break allowed the cast and crew members to spend Christmas with their families. See more »

Goofs

The address on Claire's business card reads 514 West 43rd St. But when Frank gets there, he passes a street sign that says 3rd St./900 East. Even if 3rd St. was meant to be the cross street, West 43rd St. would not cross East 3rd St. nor would it be on the 900 East block. See more »

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Scrooge Promo Announcer: Seven o'clock. Psychos seize Santa's workshop and only Lee Majors can stop them.
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Crazy Credits

Dedicated with Love and Affection to Anne Ramsey Roger M. Rothstein Robert Scaife We miss you... See more »

Alternate Versions

Following the September 11 attacks, the footage of an airplane blowing up in mid-air in reference to terrorism seen in Frank's violent "Scrooge" promo was edited out of television broadcasts. The entire violent promo is now edited out of television broadcasts. See more »

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Referenced in Welshy Reviews: Braindead (2011) See more »

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Santa Claus Is Coming to Town
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Put a little love in your heart.
4 March 2008 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

This is a perfect vehicle for Bill Murray, his brand of sarcastic and caustic delivery is nailed on perfect for Frank Cross, the modern day scrooge in this tale. I have often found him to be an acquired taste, I mean don't get me wrong here, I'm a big fan and can repeatedly watch his best offerings, but it's not hard to understand why his style is not universally loved. Scrooged is pure and simply the modern spin of the story we all have grown up with, that isn't to say that the film loses anything as regards Christmas spirit, because it doesn't, the message is still the same, and in this ever changing world of ours the core essence of the story is one the world should heed.

This version is a blast, it's loud, it's brash, but boy is it damn funny, and I personally watch it every Christmas without fail. And yes, I watch it alongside the glorious Alistair Sim version, for although they are poles apart in class, they both entertain for very different reasons.

Joining Murray in this festive romp is the delightful Karen Allen, while luminaries such as former New York Dolls front man David Johansen and Mr. Laconic himself, Robert Mitchum, add some weight to the cast list. It all works really rather well with the exception of Carol Kane's Ghost Of Christmas Present, where to me she comes off as being more annoying than funny, but that of course is a personal opinion and I know as fact that many others adore her energetic performance. With quips aplenty and of course with a simple heartfelt message at the core, Scrooged is truly a sharp and enjoyable film to be enjoyed at the festive period.

Thanks boys, get the nurse! 8/10


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