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23 November 1988 (USA) See more »
Bill Murray is back among the ghosts. Only this time, it's three against one. See more »
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One of the best holiday comedies ever. Very funny. **** out of **** See more (150 total) »


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Bill Murray ... Frank Cross

Karen Allen ... Claire Phillips

John Forsythe ... Lew Hayward

John Glover ... Brice Cummings

Bobcat Goldthwait ... Eliot Loudermilk

David Johansen ... Ghost of Christmas Past

Carol Kane ... Ghost of Christmas Present

Robert Mitchum ... Preston Rhinelander
Nicholas Phillips ... Calvin Cooley

Michael J. Pollard ... Herman

Alfre Woodard ... Grace Cooley

Mabel King ... Gramma
John Murray ... James Cross

Jamie Farr ... Jacob Marley

Robert Goulet ... Himself

Buddy Hackett ... Scrooge

John Houseman ... Himself

Lee Majors ... Himself
Pat McCormick ... Ghost of Christmas Present (TV)

Brian Doyle-Murray ... Earl Cross (as Brian Doyle Murray)

Mary Lou Retton ... Herself
Al 'Red Dog' Weber ... Santa Claus

Jean Speegle Howard ... Mrs. Claus
June Chandler ... June Cleaver
Michael Eidam ... Wally Cleaver

Mary Ellen Trainor ... Ted

Bruce Jarchow ... Wayne
Sanford Jensen ... IBC Executive

Jeff Joseph ... IBC Executive (as Jeffrey Joseph)
Dick Blasucci ... IBC Executive
Peter Bromilow ... Archbishop
Bill Marcus ... IBC Guard
Cal Gibson ... IBC Guard

Damon Hines ... Steven Cooley
Tamika McCollum ... Shasta Cooley
Koren McCollum ... Randee Cooley
Reina King ... Lanell Cooley
Paul Tuerpe ... Stage Manager (as Paul Tuerpé)
Lester Wilson ... Choreographer
Ron Strang ... Art Director (as Ronald Strang)

Kate McGregor-Stewart ... Lady Censor

Jack McGee ... Carpenter

Bill Hart ... Carpenter

Kathy Kinney ... IBC Nurse
Ralph Gervais ... Mouse Wrangler

Alvin Hammer ... Foreman
Tony Steedman ... Headwaiter
Lisa Mende ... Doris Cross
Ryan Todd ... Frank as Child

Rebeca Arthur ... Tina
Selma Archerd ... Mrs. Claus at Party
Jay Byron ... Man #2 at Party
Harvey Fisher ... Party Guest
C. Ransom Walrod ... Party Animal
James R. Miller ... Security Guard at Party
Jennie Lew Tugend ... Foo-Ling at Party (as Jennie Lew-Tugend)
Roy Brocksmith ... Mike the Mailman
Shawn Michaels ... Stage Manager - 'Frisbee'
Stella Hall ... Lew Hayward's Secretary

Sachi Parker ... Belle
Delores Hall ... Hazel

Anne Ramsey ... Woman in Shelter
Logan Ramsey ... Man in Shelter
Sydna Scott ... Woman #2 in Shelter

Wendie Malick ... Wendie Cross

Joel Murray ... Guest

Mitch Glazer ... Guest

Susan Isaacs ... Guest
Lauri Kempson ... Guest
Chaz Conner ... Ghost of Christmas Future - TV (as Chaz Conner Jr.)
Miro Polo ... Mary Lou's Coach
Ralph Bruneau ... Nephew
Maria Riva ... Mrs. Rhinelander
James Kindelon ... Butler (as James E. Kindelon)
Raphael Harris ... Older Calvin
Wayne A. Finkelman ... Orderly (as Wayne Finkelman)
Susan Barnes ... Harpy
Lynne Randall ... Harpy

Gilles Savard ... Waiter
Michael O'Donoghue ... Priest
Dick McGarvin ... Announcer
Tom Doak ... Video Tape Director
Sam Drummy ... Cameraman on Crane
Winfred Tennison ... Marvin
Steve Kahan ... Technicians (as Stephen Kahan)
Norm Wilson ... Technicians

Henry Brown ... Technicians (as Henry V. Brown)

Jeanine Jackson ... Technician

Amy Hill ... Technician

Miles Davis ... Street Musicians
Larry Carlton ... Street Musicians

David Sanborn ... Street Musicians

Paul Shaffer ... Street Musicians
The Caroling Company ... Carolers
Solid Gold Dancers ... Scroogettes
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jim Hendricks ... Commander USA (archive footage)
Susanne Lavelle ... (unconfirmed)

Peter Onorati ... (unconfirmed)
Audrey K. Baranishyn ... Solid Gold Dancer (uncredited)
Buck ... Dog (uncredited)

Leslie Cook ... Scroogette (uncredited)
J. Mills Goodloe ... IBC Technician (uncredited)
Robert Hammond ... Ghost of Christmas Future (uncredited)
Don LaFontaine ... IBC Promo Announcer (voice) (uncredited)
Jamilah Lucas ... Scroogette (uncredited)
Daniel Shiplacoff ... Singer (uncredited)
Norman D. Wilson ... TV Crew (uncredited)

Directed by
Richard Donner 
Writing credits
Mitch Glazer (written by) &
Michael O'Donoghue (written by)

Charles Dickens (novel "A Christmas Carol") (suggestion)

Produced by
Richard Donner .... producer
Peter Frankfurt .... production associate
Raymond Hartwick .... co-producer (as Ray Hartwick)
Jennie Lew Tugend .... associate producer
Art Linson .... producer
Stephen J. Roth .... executive producer (as Steve Roth)
Original Music by
Danny Elfman (music score by)
Cinematography by
Michael Chapman (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Fredric Steinkamp 
William Steinkamp 
Casting by
David Rubin 
Production Design by
J. Michael Riva 
Art Direction by
Virginia L. Randolph 
Set Decoration by
Linda DeScenna 
Costume Design by
Wayne A. Finkelman  (as Wayne Finkelman)
Makeup Department
Thomas R. Burman .... special makeup effects creator and designer
Bari Dreiband-Burman .... special makeup effects creator and designer
Bari Dreiband-Burman .... supervising makeup artist
Bob Grimaldi .... hair stylist: New York (as Robert Grimaldi)
Edward Jackson .... makeup artist: New York (as Edward Jackson Jr.)
Rolf John Keppler .... special makeup effects artist
Robert Norin .... makeup artist
Stephen Robinette .... hair stylist
Marlene D. Williams .... hair stylist supervisor (as Marlene Williams)
Production Management
Raymond Hartwick .... unit production manager (as Ray Hartwick)
Roger Paradiso .... unit production manager: New York
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tommy Burns .... additional second assistant director (as Thomas Burns)
Donald J. Lee Jr. .... second second assistant director: New York
Gaetano Lisi .... first assistant director: second unit, New York
Richard Patrick .... additional second assistant director: New York (as Richard D. Patrick)
Mic Rodgers .... second unit director
Adele Simmons .... additional second assistant director
James W. Skotchdopole .... second assistant director
Chris Soldo .... first assistant director
Gabriela Vázquez .... second second assistant director
Michael Thau .... second unit director (uncredited)
Art Department
Jack E. Ackerman .... assistant property master
Michael Bird .... property master: New York
Paul J. Campanella .... production painter
Ralph Cava .... scenic chargeperson: New York
Jeff Clark .... sign writer
Anthony Feola .... labor foreperson (as Tony Feola)
David L. Glazer .... assistant property master (as David Glazer)
Alan Hicks .... set decorator: New York (as John Alan Hicks)
Richard Leon .... property person
Tom McCown .... property person
Ric McElvin .... lead person
Erik L. Nelson .... property master (as Erik Nelson)
Lee Orlikoff .... property person
Nancy Patton .... set designer
Tony Piller .... property person
John-Paul Riva .... art department production assistant
Ken Scaife .... construction supervisor
Robert Scaife .... construction coordinator (as Bob Scaife)
Terry Scott .... construction foreperson
Alex Scutti Jr. .... set plasterer (as Alex Scutti)
Tom Southwell .... illustrator (as Thomas Southwell)
Ron Strang .... scenic artist
William James Teegarden .... set designer (as William J. Teegarden)
Matt Thompson .... labor foreperson
Ed Verreaux .... illustrator (as Edward S. Verreaux)
John Villarino .... construction supervisor
Mike Villarino .... construction foreperson (as Michael Villarino)
Dianne Wager .... set designer
Leslie Warren .... art department coordinator (as Leslie C. Warren)
Tom Warren .... art director: New York (as Thomas Warren)
Clyde Zimmerman .... paint foreperson
Michael Denering .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
Rick Alexander .... sound re-recording mixer (as Dick Alexander)
Carmen Baker .... assistant adr editor (as Carmen Hocson)
Willie D. Burton .... production sound mixer (as Willie Burton)
Virginia Cook-McGowan .... sound editor
Teri E. Dorman .... sound editor
Thom 'Coach' Ehle .... sound stereo consultant: Dolby (as Thom Ehle)
Jay Engel .... supervising adr editor
John P. Fasal .... electronic sound effects (as John Paul Fasal)
Les Fresholtz .... sound re-recording mixer
Robert W. Harris .... cable person (as Robert Harris)
Robert G. Henderson .... supervising sound editor (as Robert George Henderson)
David M. Horton .... sound editor (as D. Michael Horton)
Joseph A. Ippolito .... sound editor
Marvin E. Lewis .... boom operator (as Marvin Lewis)
Al Mian .... sound mixer: New York
Karen Minahan .... assistant sound editor
Alan Robert Murray .... supervising sound editor
Walter Newman .... sound editor
Greg Orloff .... foley recorded by
Vern Poore .... sound re-recording mixer
John Roesch .... foley artist
Alicia Stevenson .... foley artist
Winfred Tennison .... additional boom operator
Brooke Henderson Ward .... assistant sound editor
Denise Whiting .... adr editor (as Denise R. Whiting)
Marshall Winn .... sound editor
Carolyn Tapp .... foley recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Albert Delgado .... special effects foreperson
Steven C. Foster .... special effects (as Steven Foster)
Allen Hall .... special effects coordinator (as Allen L. Hall)
Gary L. Karas .... special effects
Joe Montenegro .... special effects
Bill Traynor .... special effects: New York (as William Traynor)
Mike Menzel .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Grant Harper Reid .... location assistant: special effects (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Eric Brevig .... visual effects supervisor
C. Marie Davis .... visual effects editor (as Marie Davis)
Jim Dixon .... network computer animation
David Goldberg .... model shop supervisor (as Dave Goldberg)
Jeff Matakovich .... optical supervisor
Craig Newman .... effects production supervisor
Michael Shea .... motion control photographer (as Mike Shea)
James Valentine .... rotoscope supervisor
Allen Blaisdell .... visual effects camera operator (uncredited)
George Muhs .... visual effects (uncredited)
Michelle Porter .... visual effects coordinator (uncredited)
Kathleen Quaife-Hodge .... special effects animator (uncredited)
Jody Rogers .... visual effects editor (uncredited)
Michael Talarico .... motion control technician (uncredited)
Gene Harrison .... stunts
Larry Nicholas .... stunts
Hugh Aodh O'Brien .... stunts (as Hugh A. O'Brien)
Mic Rodgers .... stunt coordinator
Mic Rodgers .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Walt Berry .... lamp operator
Anthony Brook .... first assistant photographer: New York (as Anthony S. Brooke)
Aaron Caughran .... assistant camera
Ted Churchill .... Steadicam operator: New York
James A. Dolan .... best boy
George Dunagan .... lamp operator
Brad Emmons .... lamp operator
Raymond Fortune .... best boy
Michael Genne .... camera operator (as Michael A. Genne)
Adam Glick .... set lighting technician
Louis Goldman .... still photographer: New York
Larry Hezzelwood .... first assistant photographer
Petr Hlinomaz .... electrician
Ed Jackson .... grip
David Katz .... video assist operator
Billy Kerwick .... grip
Kevin J. Lang .... chief rigging electrician
Al LaVerde .... first company grip (as Alexander LaVerde)
Steven C. McGee .... assistant chief lighting technician (as Steve McGee)
Peter Norman .... additional director of photography: New York
Paul Postelnicu .... second assistant photographer: New York
Tom Priestley Jr. .... camera operator: New York
Richard Quinlan .... chief lighting technician: New York (as Richard J. Quinlan)
Ed Quinn .... first company grip: New York (as Edwin Quinn)
P. Scott Sakamoto .... first assistant photographer (as Scott Sakamoto)
Phelt M. Saucier .... lamp operator (as Phelt Saucier)
John R. Shannon .... still photographer (as John Shannon)
Stephen St. John .... Steadicam operator
Ty Suehiro .... grip
Gary Tandrow .... chief lighting technician (as Gary B. Tandrow)
Michael Thau .... video supervisor & layout
Joseph Trammell .... video assistant: New York (as Joe Trammell)
Joseph Trammell .... video playback operator
Rand R. Vargas .... second company grip
Greg Walters .... second assistant photographer (as Gregory Walters)
Clay H. Wilson .... dolly grip (as Clay Wilson)
Stephen Ashley Blake .... cinematographer: second unit (uncredited)
Casting Department
Lisa Beach .... casting assistant
Franklyn Warren .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jennifer Butler .... costumer
Philip Maldonado .... costumer
Antonio Martínez .... costumer
Jennifer L. Parsons .... costume supervisor (as Jennifer Parsons)
Nava R. Sadan .... assistant costumer (as Nava Sadan)
Guy Tanno .... costumer: men, New York
Rose Trimarco .... costumer: women, New York (as Rose Cuervo)
Editorial Department
Stuart Baird .... post-production consultant
Debra Goldfield .... assistant film editor
Terry Haggar .... color timer
Karl F. Steinkamp .... assistant film editor
Michael T. Wilson .... assistant film editor
Music Department
David Anderle .... music supervisor
Bob Badami .... music editor
Steve Bartek .... orchestrator
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist
George Doering .... musician
Robert Fernandez .... music scoring mixer
Jimmy Iovine .... music supervisor
Steven Scott Smalley .... additional orchestrations
Shirley Walker .... music conducted by
Dan Goldwasser .... soundtrack producer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Dan Anglin .... transportation coordinator
Ron Hinsley .... transportation captain
Harry J. Leavey .... transportation captain: New York (as Harry Leavey)
Other crew
Kristen Andersen .... accounting clerk
Vibeke Arntzen .... location liaison: New York
Rebecca Baehler .... assistant: Bill Murray
Alexander B. Collett .... assistant: Richard Donner
Patti Dalzell .... script supervisor (as Patricia Dalzell)
James Fred Donelson .... crew: Video Image (as Fred Donelson)
Tad Driscoll .... accounting assistant
Mary Fellows .... production assistant
Anthony Goldschmidt .... title design by
Rhonda C. Gunner .... video displays: Video Image
Greg Harms .... crew: Video Image
Richard Harner .... production assistant
Craig Harris .... craft service
Tory Herald .... clip clearances
Jillian Hessel .... ballet choreographer
Ellen M. Hillers .... production coordinator: New York (as Ellen Hillers)
Gloria Hoffman .... studio teacher
Richard E. Hollander .... video displays: Video Image
Michele Imperato .... assistant production office coordinator
Aaron Katz .... crew: Video Image
David Katz .... crew: Video Image (as Dave Katz)
Mike Keeler .... crew: Video Image
Jan Kemper .... script supervisor
Lynn Kuwahara .... location manager (as Lynn M. Kuwahara)
Shari Leibowitz .... production office coordinator
Pete Martinez .... crew: Video Image
Gregory L. McMurry .... video displays: Video Image (as Gregory L. McMurray)
William J. Meshover .... assistant: Stuart Baird (as William Meshover)
Kool Moe Dee .... misc crew
Cynthia Neber .... secretary: Richard Donner
Scott Nimerfro .... video coordinator
Lou Phillips .... production auditor (as Louis B. Phillips)
Jeffrey Pittle .... parking wrangler
June Popowich .... assistant: Bill Murray
Steven Ritt .... dog trainer
Bruce Roberts .... location aide
Patti Roberts-Nelson .... assistant: art linson (as Patti Roberts Nelson)
Marsha Robertson .... unit publicist
Carolyn Rothstein .... production secretary
Chris Schutsky .... location assistant
Ilyse Selwyn .... secretary: Richard Donner
Bruce Shultz .... crew: Video Image
Jerry Smith .... crew: Video Image
Mark Snovell .... research coordinator
Tim Sullivan .... production assistant
Monte Swann .... crew: Video Image
Marla Tate .... clip clearances
Susan Towner .... assistant production auditor
Jim Vatis .... production assistant (as James Vatis)
John C. Wash .... video displays: Video Image
Lester Wilson .... "solid gold" choreography
Greg Knapp .... set medic (uncredited)
Anne Ramsey .... dedicatee
Roger M. Rothstein .... dedicatee (as Roger Rothstein)
Robert Scaife .... dedicatee (as Bob Scaife)

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In the scene where Claire knocks into "Lumpy" on the sidewalk, she hands him a magazine that he drops. On the back there appears to be a man in a leather jacket wearing an Indiana Jones-type hat. This may have been a nod/advert for Indiana Jones as actress Karen Allen appeared as "Marion" in "Raiders of the Lost Ark".See more »
Errors in geography: When Grace is taking her son home, she can be seen exiting the 45th Rd-Courthouse Sq station in Queens. But when the Ghost of Christmas Present takes Frank to see Grace and her family, she says she's taking him to Harlem, which is in Manhattan.See more »
Frank Cross:[to the abstract/impressionist portrait on the wall] Mother... help me.See more »
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48 out of 67 people found the following review useful.
One of the best holiday comedies ever. Very funny. **** out of ****, 18 December 1999
Author: Blake French ( from Michigan, USA

SCROOGED (1988) ****

Starring: Bill Murray, Karen Allen, John Glover, John Forsythe, Bobcat Goldthwait, Carol Kane, David Johansen, and Alfre Woodard Director: Richard Donner Running time: 101 minutes Rated PG-13 (for violence, language, and sexual references)

By Blake French:

"Scrooged" is one of the top ten holiday comedies ever produced on the big screen. It enables a viewer to experience the true meaning of cinema: to jump out of our lives and experience another. Once in a long, long while we get a movie with as much magically irrelevant context as Richard Donnar's 1988 adaptation of Charles Dickens classic fable. "Scrooged" holds a place on my list of the top 100 American movies ever made.

The film takes place a few days before Christmas. Bill Murray stars as the heartless Frank Cross, a corporate tightwad in charge of a highly profitable television company. This man seldom gives raises, airs stomach churning TV ads, and fires desperate employees at the drop of a hat, regardless of what time of year it is. Currently, Frank's company is producing the first live Christmas program on network television, on Christmas eve. It is a Charles Dickens fable. Frank is at the prime of his life, living a wealthy, glamorous, but unhappy life.

His greed soon catches up with him, however, when one night his old boss visits him, who has now been dead for years. Frank is at first astonished; he thinks he is hallucinating. The talking corpse tells him that very soon he will be introduced to three ghosts involuntarily. Franks then calls his old girlfriend, and continues on with his deprived life.

Bill Murray plays his role straight, with intensity and imagination--just like everyone else in the cast. He acts like he is yelling at his workers, and they act like they are being yelled at. This is what generates the film all of its laughs. It takes the characters seriously, and the comical situations in which they are placed are what makes the film funny.

Each of the three ghosts visit Frank. They include The Ghost of Christmas past, a rough cigar smoking taxi driver, an angelic but brutal pink fairy, the Ghost of Christmas Present, and the most feared ghost, Christmas Future, the death-resembling, dark capped figure. They each contribute a heartfelt, terrifying message to Frank, explaining to him how that he either needs to clean up his act and become a giving, generous man, or dastardly things will happen to him.

The three ghosts are some of the most memorable characters ever seen in the movies. The human characters are also very interesting and entertaining. The filmmakers write each with distributive characteristics, provoking empathy and captivation. They are wonderfully portrayed as well.

The interlocking stories each related to each other in Richard Donnar's comedy classic as well. Each scene relates to the next with a strong, supportive narrative through line through Frank Cross.

''Scrooged'' definitely fits into the comedy genre, and offers copious amounts of laugh out loud material. There's even dialogue and sight gags that provoke laughter. On the other hand, the film doesn't lose track of its message by being all over the wall slapstick silliness. It leaves room for the emotions and feelings present. For this type of comedy to work, the humor needs to be played accurately. Some scenes involving the past of Frank are quite emotional, and the filmmakers use this to their advantage to develop the Frank character even further. ''Scrooged'' may be a spoof, but if still holds true to the classic story it is based on.

I also enjoyed the illustrious style this film uses: a mesmerizing blend of perfect set direction and colorful atmosphere. The sound track is very effective as well, with memorable tunes and voiceless medleys. The closing scene of ''Scrooged'' may feel a bit contrived and fake, but it also allows us to leave the theater with joyful happiness inside. If this film doesn't put you in the Christmas spirit, nothing will.

Brought to you by Paramount Pictures.

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