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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
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
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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101 min
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Argentina:13 (original rating) | Argentina:Atp (re-rating) | Australia:M | Canada:PG (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:A (Nova Scotia) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Finland:K-14 | Germany:12 (DVD rating) | Iceland:12 | Ireland:12 | Netherlands:AL | Netherlands:6 | Peru:14 | Portugal:M/6 | Singapore:PG | Sweden:15 | UK:PG | UK:12 (re-rating) (2012) | USA:PG-13 (No. 29152) | West Germany:12 (f)

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Cameo: [John Houseman]As himself, hosting the TV show "Scrooge".See more »
Continuity: After the encounter with the Ghost of Christmas Past, Frank decides to visit Claire at work. The business card she gave him says "Operation Reach Out" but the doors Frank walks into say "Operation Outreach".See more »
[Props man tries to attach antlers to a mouse]
Props man:I can't get the antlers glued to this little guy. We tried Crazy Glue, but it don't work.
Frank Cross:Did you try staples?
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24 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
Bill Murray gets "Scrooged", 20 December 2004
Author: dee.reid from United States

"Scrooged" opens in the clouds, and then suddenly descends on a snowbound cottage. Signs inform us that it's Santa's workshop and we're at the North Pole. Inside, elves work hastily as Santa prepares himself for his impending duty on Christmas Eve night. But then, terrorists, packing some serious heat with them, lay siege to the workshop.

Panicking, Santa, Mrs. Claus, and the elves run towards the back of the shop, open a tool cabinet, which reveals an arsenal of M-16s, and soon everybody's armed to the hilt with automatic weaponry. But then Lee Majors appears on a snowmobile and reassures Santa that Christmas will be coming on time this year. Then Lee goes to work killing the terrorists with a large Gatling gun.

Then we're treated to a promo spot for a television production of "Scrooge," which features a bloody highway shooting, a plane blowing up, and drug addicts taking heroin. It is this sort of cynicism that's underlying in much of the subtext of this film, and it's also something that Frank Cross (Bill Murray), "the youngest television president in network history," thrives on.

And so opens "Scrooged," director Richard Donner's contemporary take on Charles Dickens's classic tale "A Christmas Carol." Dickens's novel has been fodder for countless television, film, and stage productions over the 150+ years it has been an accepted part of American literature, and this 1988 dark comedy is the latest incarnation.

The biggest reason it has is because it describes the need for mankind to not be so selfish, and it takes three ghastly apparitions over the course of a 24-hour period to show an old miser the error of his ways.

But all of this is in the past. Cross is so swept up in himself, that he gives bath towels to everyone (even his only brother) on Christmas. He asks his loyal secretary Grace (Alfre Woodard) to stay late at work, despite the fact that she has to take her mute son to the doctor. ("I care!" Frank says, when she confronts him about it.) He fires an underling named Eliot (Bobcat Goldthwait) for questioning him about his un-Christmas-like promo ads. He shuns Claire (Karen Allen), the only woman who's ever cared about him when she tries to provide comfort for the homeless. Yeah, Cross is every bit as a unsavory as most misers are when it comes to "A Christmas Carol."

But life is about to change for Frank, and that's marked by the sudden and (literally) explosive appearance of the rotting corpse of his late boss. The walking, talking "worm feast" informs Frank that he's going to be visited by three ghosts over the next 24 hours, and this may be his last chance to change his ways. And from there on, it's ghastly, darkly comic hilarity as Frank goes back, forward, and stays in the present as three ghosts (a manic cabbie, a jilted, abusive fairy, and a towering, cloaked skeleton, respectively) take him on a wild ride through his life.

Bill Murray is at his comic best here, getting "Scrooged" the way someone in his position should. Much like the lead character in "A Christmas Carol" realizes the error of his ways, Frank Cross does so too, but with a kind of cynicism that could only be provided by someone as indifferent, uncompromising, and selfish as him. And he's also quite aware from the appearance of the first ghost of what this trip entails.

The makeup and special effects are also worthy of some mention. The ghosts all look fantastic, even though some would argue that the effects that brought them to life are dated; well, this movie was made in 1988 for crying out loud!

I liked "Scrooged," as it is certainly a fantastic Christmas movie to watch, and is quite funny, especially just to see Murray get his comeuppance in a role that seems to suit him perfectly.

Watch Bill Murray get "Scrooged" - 10/10

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