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

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Frank Cross runs a US TV station which is planning a live adaptation of Dickens' Christmas Carol. Frank's childhood wasn't a particularly pleasant one, and so he doesn't really appreciate the Christmas spirit. With the help of the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future, Frank realises he must change. Written by Rob Hartill

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The spirits will move you in odd and hysterical ways. See more »

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23 November 1988 (USA)  »

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Scrooge: A Christmas Carol  »

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$32,000,000 (estimated)

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$60,328,558 (USA)
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The movie was the second ghost picture comedy that star Bill Murray) made. Wikipedia states, "the film was marketed with references to Ghostbusters (1984) which had been a great success four years earlier. In the USA, the tagline was, "Bill Murray is back among the ghosts, only this time, it's three against one". See more »

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Frank's second visit with the Ghost of Christmas Past is in 1968 and he is working for IBC. He meets Claire at this time as well. He was four years old in 1955 which makes him only 17 during this scene. See more »

Quotes

Ghost of Christmas Present: You know I like the rough stuff, don't you, Frank?
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Crazy Credits

About a third of the way through the closing credits, Bill Murray appears with the word "Scrooged" across the screen in front of him. He looks down and brushes the front of his jacket a few times, with each brush a couple of the letters in the title chase off the screen as if he's brushing them off his jacket. See more »

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Features The People's Court (1981) See more »

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A Personal Favorite
17 December 2001 | by (Salem, Oregon) – See all my reviews

This is my favorite "adaptation" of A Christmas Carol. It's also my favorite Christmas movie. A lot of people say that Bill Murray's character of Frank Cross is unlikeable. Would you prefer a warm and fuzzy Scrooge for the first half? Then there are those who say that the end is sappy. The ending is what I like the most. And Murray's acting is much better than other Scrooges, who usually overact. Murray manages to be over-the-top with his cruelty while still making his acting believable. Cross is truly Scrooge-like, reveling in the death of an old woman caused by his commercial because it's free publicity. Another common comment is that Carol Kane steals the scene as the Ghost of Christmas Present. Not true. The chemistry between Murray and Kane ensures that they share the screen perfectly. This is a wonderful movie. I can't understand why anyone would say otherwise. Bobcat Goldthwait puts in a great performance as a disgruntled employee fired on Christmas Eve. The best part is the end. This movie has what has to be the happiest ending in the history of movies. He understands the meaning of Christmas, gets a new lease on life, gets the girl, the little boy talks, and everybody sings a song. Danny Elfman provides the score, doing a brilliant job as always. A beautiful movie all around. A+


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