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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 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 ... 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)

Gross USA:

$60,328,558
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When Frank tells the ghost of Lew Hayward, "You're a legend in this business", Hayward replies, "Mankind should have been my business!" This is a paraphrase of a line spoken by Jacob Marley (the character Hayward is based on) in Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol". See more »

Goofs

John Houseman is credited as Sir John Houseman in the Scrooged promo. In fact, Houseman never received a knighthood. See more »

Quotes

[In the Ghost of Christmas Future funeral scene, we see Frank, hysterically terrified, banging inside around the coffin, trying to escape and make things right for himself before he is doomed for cremation. It is then that, in the next scene, the elevator doors open]
Frank Cross: [Screaming; banging on the elevator doors as they open] I wanna live!
[Frank is back at the IBC Television Network headquarters office floor, revealing that his doomed future has all been a hallucination]
Frank Cross: [Sceams] I'M ALIVE!
[...]
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Crazy Credits

About a third of the way through the closing credits, Bill Murray appears with the word "Scrooged" across the screen in front of him. He looks down and brushes the front of his jacket a few times, with each brush a couple of the letters in the title chase off the screen as if he's brushing them off his jacket. 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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Soundtracks

I Second That Emotion
Written by Smokey Robinson (as William Robinson) and Al Cleveland (as Alfred Cleveland)
Performed by Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
Courtesy of Motown Record Company, L.P.
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A Personal Favorite
17 December 2001 | by Moviestar-6See all my reviews

This is my favorite "adaptation" of A Christmas Carol. It's also my favorite Christmas movie. A lot of people say that Bill Murray's character of Frank Cross is unlikeable. Would you prefer a warm and fuzzy Scrooge for the first half? Then there are those who say that the end is sappy. The ending is what I like the most. And Murray's acting is much better than other Scrooges, who usually overact. Murray manages to be over-the-top with his cruelty while still making his acting believable. Cross is truly Scrooge-like, reveling in the death of an old woman caused by his commercial because it's free publicity. Another common comment is that Carol Kane steals the scene as the Ghost of Christmas Present. Not true. The chemistry between Murray and Kane ensures that they share the screen perfectly. This is a wonderful movie. I can't understand why anyone would say otherwise. Bobcat Goldthwait puts in a great performance as a disgruntled employee fired on Christmas Eve. The best part is the end. This movie has what has to be the happiest ending in the history of movies. He understands the meaning of Christmas, gets a new lease on life, gets the girl, the little boy talks, and everybody sings a song. Danny Elfman provides the score, doing a brilliant job as always. A beautiful movie all around. A+


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