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Scrooged (1988)

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

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

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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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Bill Murray is back among the ghosts. Only this time, it's three against one. 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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Richard Donner: [poster] Keith Haring's "Free South Africa" poster is seen in a few background shots as it is in Lethal Weapon 2 (1989). 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, way too young for such a job. See more »

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Frank Cross: I get it now! Then if you GIVE, then it can happen, then the miracle can happen to you! It's not just the poor and the hungry, it's everybody's who's GOT to have this miracle! And it can happen tonight for all of you. If you believe in this spirit thing, the miracle will happen and then you'll want it to happen again tomorrow. You won't be one of these bastards who says 'Christmas is once a year and it's a fraud', it's NOT! It can happen every day, you've just got to want that feeling. And if ...
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Dedicated with Love and Affection to Anne Ramsey Roger M. Rothstein Robert Scaife We miss you... See more »

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Version of Fireside Theatre: A Christmas Carol (1951) See more »

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A Wonderful Life
Written by Judson Spence and Monroe Jones
Performed by Mark Lennon
Produced by Judson Spence and Monroe Jones
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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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