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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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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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The studio cameras shown in the IBC studio during the broadcast special within the movie are RCA TK-44's, tube cameras that would have been at least 15 years old at the time the movie was made. See more »

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When Frank enters the sewers you can clearly see that the some of the pieces of ice hanging down are nothing more than pieces of cloth. Watch as they blow in the wind while Frank moves around the sewer area. See more »

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[last lines after Frank Cross broke the fourth wall by encouraging the viewers to join the cast in singing "Put a Little Love in Your Heart"]
James Cross: [to Wendie and his friends, excited] My brother, the King of Christmas!
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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 »

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Stick to "A Christmas Carol" from MGM 1938
17 December 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

BEWARE OF BOGUS REVIEWS. SOME REVIEWERS HAVE ONLY ONE REVIEW TO THEIR NAME. NOW WHEN ITS A POSITIVE REVIEW THAT TELLS ME THEY WERE INVOLVED WITH THE MOVIE. IF ITS A NEGATIVE REVIEW THEN THEY MIGHT HAVE A GRUDGE AGAINST THE FILM . NOW I HAVE REVIEWED OVER 200 HOLIDAY FILMS. I HAVE NO AGENDA. I AM VERY HONEST ABOUT THESE FILMS.

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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