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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Frank Cross
... Claire Phillips
... Lew Hayward
... Brice Cummings
... Eliot Loudermilk
... Ghost of Christmas Past
... Ghost of Christmas Present
... Preston Rhinelander
Nicholas Phillips ... Calvin Cooley
... Herman
... Grace Cooley
... Gramma
... James Cross
... Jacob Marley
... Robert Goulet
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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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The spirits will move you in odd and hysterical ways. 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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Ironically, when the Ghost of Christmas Present (Carol Kane) whacks Bill Murray with a toaster, sending him into a storm drain below street level where there sits a frozen homeless person, Herman (Michael J. Pollard), he proclaims "Where am I, Trump Tower?" See more »

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Frank's second visit with the Ghost of Christmas Past is in 1968 and he is working for IBC. He meets Claire at this time as well. He was four years old in 1955 which makes him only 17, way too young for such a job. See more »

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The Ghost of Christmas Present: Oh, what is this, Frank? Oh, oh look, Frank! It's a toaster!
[hits him in the forehead with the toaster]
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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 Stingiest Man in Town (1978) See more »

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Christmas Must Be Tonight
Written by Robbie Robertson
Performed by Robbie Robertson
Produced by Robbie Robertson
Courtesy of Geffen 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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