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
According to Bill Murray, a lot of footage ended up on the cutting room floor. "We shot a big, long sloppy movie, so there's a great deal of material that didn't even end up in the film," Murray told Starlog. "It just didn't work. You tend to forget what was wrong. It's hard. I just figured that anyone who's good could step into this part and have a lot of fun with it. It's sort of a wicked character. The idea of making a funny Scrooge was an inspired touch. That's what was appealing to me about it." See more »
In the booth, the censor removes a sprig of mistletoe from the bulletin board next to Brice Cummings' head. The mistletoe was not there in an earlier shot. See more »
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Another spin on the Charles Dickens tale this time set in the world of American Network Television.
By updating the story (To then present day New YorK) also stripped away the heart and since of innocence to the beloved novel.
In this version Bill Murray plays the Scrooge but here his name is Frank Cross a Network Television President.
Franks idea of Christmas programming is basically putting the Manson Family on Television if it will get ratings.
Of course he learns to take in the joy of the season by the end of the movie but the film makers themselves failed to infuse the story of heart. This film is a tad better than the HALLMARK Christmas MOVIES but that is because David Johansen steels every scene away from Bill Murray.
Please if you want to see a great Version of "A Christmas Carol" see the 1938 Version produced by MGM. It set the standard
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