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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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Trivia

There are many references to "Free Africa" throughout the movie, including a poster on the wall in Grace's house as well as a sticker in the production room. This was a subliminal political/humanitarian reference to Apartheid controversy which was taking place in South Africa at the time the movie was being shot. See more »

Goofs

In the booth, the censor removes a sprig of mistletoe from the bulletin board next to Brice Cummings' head. The mistletoe was not there in an earlier shot. See more »

Quotes

Frank Cross: It's not too late on Christmas Eve to have fun, you can call an old college roommate, call, you know an old army buddy, call your personal banker. HEY! I don't hear any partying in that booth, Elliot!
Elliot: Great!
[fires shotgun, silent pause down below on the set]
Elliot: You heard him, party!
Frank Cross: Now why wasn't I invited?
Elliot: Now that was just an innocent window and you saw what I did to that! Ugh! You don't know who you're dealing with!
Frank Cross: It's a night, you gotta party hardy Marty!
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Crazy Credits

The Paramount logo at the start of the film zooms in and transforms into a cloudy, night sky with the film's title appearing See more »

Alternate Versions

Following the September 11 attacks, the footage of an airplane blowing up in mid-air in reference to terrorism seen in Frank's violent "Scrooge" promo was edited out of television broadcasts. The entire violent promo is now edited out of television broadcasts. See more »

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Referenced in Welshy Reviews: Braindead (2011) See more »

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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Written by Johnny Marks
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Bill Murray does an excellent job of creating a modern-day Ebeneezer Scrooge
10 July 2018 | by cricketbatSee all my reviews

Scrooged is a fresh, dark and original take on the classic Christmas Carol story. The ghosts are humorous and horrifying and Bill Murray does an excellent job of creating a modern-day Ebeneezer Scrooge. The ending is quite cheesy, but, then again, isn't that what Christmas movies are all about?


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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:

$60,329,001
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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