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Scrooged (1988)

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

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Frank Cross runs a US TV station which is planning a live adaptation of Dickens' Christmas Carol. Frank's childhood wasn't a particularly pleasant one, and so he doesn't really appreciate the Christmas spirit. With the help of the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future, Frank realises he must change. Written by Rob Hartill

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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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23 November 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Scrooge: A Christmas Carol  »

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$32,000,000 (estimated)

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$60,328,558 (USA)
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Bill Murray's biggest challenge was carrying the film on his own. In his previous films, he'd been part of an ensemble. See more »

Goofs

When the phone auto-dials (right after the appearance of Lew Hayward) you can see Claire's full name on the phone display. Caller ID wasn't available until 1988 - the year Scrooged was released. It seems a bit strange that Frank has saved the name and number of a woman he hasn't talked to in 15 years on his telephone. When the phone was installed, Frank may have had his secretary or the IT department put everyone in his address book into the phone, and Claire's name probably would have been in there. See more »

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Ghost of Christmas Present: You know I like the rough stuff, don't you, Frank?
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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 »

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Version of A Christmas Carol at Ford's Theatre (1979) See more »

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The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)
Written by Mel Tormé and Robert Wells
Performed by Natalie Cole
Produced by Jimmy Iovine
Courtesy of EMI, a Division of Capitol Records, Inc.
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A Personal Favorite
17 December 2001 | by (Salem, Oregon) – See 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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