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Scrooged (1988)

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

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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 John Murray ... James Cross
Jamie Farr ... Jacob Marley
Robert Goulet ... Robert Goulet
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Storyline

Francis Xavier 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 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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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 November 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Scrooge: A Christmas Carol See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$32,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,027,842, 27 November 1988

Gross USA:

$60,328,558

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$60,328,558
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Frank Cross' younger brother James is played by Bill Murray's actual younger brother John Murray. See more »

Goofs

After the Ghost of Christmas Past asks if he can smoke, he takes a puff of a cigar and it is supposed to look like smoke comes out of his ears. However among closer examination you can see that smoke comes out of a tube attached to his upper ear and not the actual ear itself. See more »

Quotes

Earl Cross: All day long, I listen to people give me excuses why they can't work... 'My back hurts,' 'my legs ache,' 'I'm only four!' The sooner he learns life isn't handed to him on a silver platter, the better!
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Crazy Credits

Dedicated with Love and Affection to Anne Ramsey Roger M. Rothstein Robert Scaife We miss you... See more »

Alternate Versions

TBS runs an "edited for content" version of this film, that deletes or changes profanity and questionable dialog. See more »

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Put a Little Love in Your Heart
Written by Jackie DeShannon, Randall Meyers (as Randy Myers) and Jimmy Holiday
Performed by Annie Lennox and Al Green
Produced by David A. Stewart
Courtesy of RCA Records, a Bertelsmann Music Group Company
Courtesy of A&M Records
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They make this version of a Christmas Carol different enough to be entertaining.
7 September 2009 | by Aaron1375See all my reviews

Yes, this particular story has been pretty much done to death being right up there with such fare as Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet as far as having way to many movies made with the same storyline. There is even another one coming out done in the same way as that "Polar Express" movie with Jim Carrey lending his voice and likeness as Scrooge. This one though surpasses all those other versions as I do not really care much for the story as it is. Why do I like this one then? It is funnier than all the others to me and Bill Murray does an excellent job in the lead role. A guy who is going to make people work on the holiday and suggests stapling little antlers on live mice. The story progresses a lot like all the others with the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future paying our guy a visit. Still, a lot different and there are some touching moments as well. There are also some parts of the movie that are overdone and let us face it, if you do not like Christmas that really is your business. I do not really care for how all these movies make it out to be a crime to not like Christmas. Still, for the most part the movie does not get all that heavy handed and there are a lot of laughs to be had as well. Not a super classic by an means, but it is a good Bill Murray movie.


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