He had everything and wanted nothing. He learned that he had nothing and wanted everything. He saved the world and then it shattered. The path to enlightenment is as sharp and narrow as a razor's edge.
Broad satire and buffoonery presented as a series of movie trailers. Among the titles and subjects are: "The Howard Huge Story", "Skate-boarders from Hell", "The Invasion of the Penis ... See full summary »
Royce D. Applegate,
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
During the broadcast of A Christmas Carol, Scrooge (Buddy Hackett) tosses a coin to a boy so he can buy a Christmas goose. The shot seen in the control room monitor shows the coin falling in slow motion. This was more than likely a pre-recorded shot used for dramatic emphasis within the broadcast, which is common practice during live telecasts. See more »
I am the youngest president in the history of television for a reason: I know the people.
Well, uh... granted but the people already wanna watch the show.
[a pause; shouting]
That isn't good enough! They have got to be so scared to miss it! So terrified!
Now if I were in charge, and I am.
[laughs. IBC Executive laughs along with him but Frank looks at him and he shuts up]
Perhaps I can help you. Here's the kind of thing I would have done. Grace, cue it up.
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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 »
Having just caught this at the cinema on a special Christmas screening and for me the first time since its original release I have to say I was more than pleased and that the film is so much better than I remember it. What we have here was a modern (in the 1980's) telling of Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol' with Bill Murray playing Frank Cross the modern version of Ebenezer Scrooge. Here Frank Cross is a TV executive who now when you look back on it probably comes across even worse than he was played at thee time being the complete reflection of those money grabbing times. He is crass uncaring and completely self obsessed. Of course we then get the modern telling of a Christmas carol well Cross is visited by the ghosts of Christmas past present and future with some very amusing pay offs. A lot of the jokes obviously went straight over my head as a teenager I found very funny now and Murray is on superb form here matching his Ghost Busters performance. Even though this has the corny ending you know it has to have you can not help but enjoy the ending which is added by a track from the sublime Al Green. This will now be a staple of my Christmas viewing.
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