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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 is a cynical, mean spirited television executive, he treats his loyal assistant with contempt,he just sacked a member of staff on Christmas Eve for simply disagreeing with him and he's alienated himself from his brother who still insists on inviting Frank to Christmas dinner despite him refusing to go every other year. However, Frank is forced to learn the true meaning of Christmas when he's visited by three ghosts. Written by Iantjambo

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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
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It wasn't until 2011 that Danny Elfman's score was released. The album, which was limited to just 3000 copies, contained a total of 34 tracks, not all of which were included in the film. The final track is a bonus track that was actually created for Trading Places (1983). See more »

Goofs

The address on Claire's business card reads 514 West 43rd St. But when Frank gets there, he passes a street sign that says 3rd St./900 East. Even if 3rd St. was meant to be the cross street, West 43rd St. would not cross East 3rd St. nor would it be on the 900 East block. See more »

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Lew Hayward: I don't mind you shooting at me, Frank, but take it easy on the Bacardi!
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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 The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992) See more »

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Get Up 'n' Dance
Written by L. Mallison, Kool Moe Dee (as M. Dewese), R. Isaacs
Performed by Kool Moe Dee
Produced by LaVaba, Kool Moe Dee (as M. Dewese) and Radcliff
Courtesy of Jive Records
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THE perfect modern Christmas movie
23 December 2002 | by See all my reviews

I'm amazed by all the negative and mean-spirited comments for this movie. "Scrooged" is a cinematic gem, one of the most outstanding films of the '80s or any time for that matter. Bill Murray is at his comedic best, and he is entirely convincing as a bitter network exec who has lost sight of the important things in his life, like family and friends. You know the Dickens story, but Richard Donner's film version breathes life into the story and gives it extra meaning for modern audiences. Supporting actors all do wonders with their roles, from Robert Mitchum to Carol Kane to Michael J. Pollard. This film will make you laugh, and will certainly bring a little warmth into your Christmas season.

For those who sight this film as mean-spirited or dark, they surely must be missing something. This film is funny, charming, and sweet. Frightening and warm at the same time, "Scrooged" is a modern masterpiece that has been unjustly overlooked and unappreciated. While there are other enjoyable Christmas films of the '80s ("A Christmas Story" and "Christmas Vacation" seem to get more than enough praise), none can hold a light towards "Scrooged", an excellent Christmas movie for modern audiences.


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