Scrooged


Scrooged

Overview:

In this modern take on Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," Frank Cross (Bill Murray) is a wildly successful television executive whose cold ambition and curmudgeonly nature has driven away the love of his life, Claire Phillips (Karen Allen). But after firing a staff member, Eliot Loudermilk (Bobcat Goldthwait), on Christmas Eve, Frank is visited by a series of ghosts who give him a chance to re-evaluate his actions and right the wrongs of his past.

Votes 385 (6.7/10)

Runtime: 101 minutes

Release Date 1988-11-22

Revenue: $60,328,000.00

Tagline: The spirits will move you in odd and hysterical ways.

Production company:

  • Paramount Pictures

Production country:

  • United States of America

Genres:

  • Fantasy
  • Comedy
  • Drama

Trailer

Further Information

Francis Xavier Cross
Bill Murray
Bill Murray
Claire Phillips
Karen Allen
Karen Allen
Lew Hayward
John Forsythe
John Forsythe
Eliot Loudermilk
Bobcat Goldthwait
Bobcat Goldthwait
Ghost of Christmas Present
Carol Kane
Carol Kane
Grace Cooley
Robert Mitchum
Robert Mitchum
Herman
Michael J. Pollard
Michael J. Pollard
Grace Cooley
Alfre Woodard
Alfre Woodard
Bryce Cummings
John Glover
John Glover
Ghost of Christmas Past
David Johansen
David Johansen
Calvin Cooley
Nicholas Phillips
Nicholas Phillips
Gramma
Mabel King
Mabel King
James Cross
John Murray
John Murray
Wendie Cross
Wendie Malick
Wendie Malick
Earl Cross
Brian Doyle-Murray
Brian Doyle-Murray
Guest
Joel Murray
Joel Murray
Hazel
Delores Hall
Delores Hall
Jacob Marley
Jamie Farr
Jamie Farr
Scrooge
Buddy Hackett
Buddy Hackett
Himself
Robert Goulet
Robert Goulet
Himself
John Houseman
John Houseman
Himself
Lee Majors
Lee Majors
Tiny Tim
Mary Lou Retton
Mary Lou Retton
Mrs. Rhinelander
Maria Riva
Maria Riva
Woman in Shelter
Anne Ramsey
Anne Ramsey
Woman #2 in Shelter
Sydna Scott
Sydna Scott
Street Musician
Miles Davis
Miles Davis
Street Musician
Larry Carlton
Larry Carlton
Street Musician
David Sanborn
David Sanborn
Street Musician
Paul Schaffer
Paul Schaffer
Ted
Mary Ellen Trainor
Mary Ellen Trainor
Santa Clause
Al 'Red Dog' Weber
Al 'Red Dog' Weber
Ghost of Christmas Future
Robert Hammond
Robert Hammond
Guest
Susan Isaacs
Susan Isaacs
Executive Producer
Stephen J. Roth
Stephen J. Roth
Producer
Art Linson
Art Linson
Producer
Richard Donner
Richard Donner
Director
Richard Donner
Richard Donner
Screenplay
Mitch Glazer
Mitch Glazer
Screenplay
Michael O'Donoghue
Michael O'Donoghue
Music
Danny Elfman
Danny Elfman
Director of Photography
Michael Chapman
Michael Chapman
Editor
Fredric Steinkamp
Fredric Steinkamp
Editor
William Steinkamp
William Steinkamp

John Chard

Put a little love in your heart. This is a perfect vehicle for Bill Murray, his brand of sarcastic and caustic delivery is nailed on perfect for Frank Cross, the modern day scrooge in this tale. I have often found him to be an acquired taste, I mean don't get me wrong here, I'm a big fan and can repeatedly watch his best offerings, but it's not hard to understand why his style is not universally loved. Scrooged is pure and simply the modern spin of the story we all have grown up with, that isn't to say that the film loses anything as regards Christmas spirit, because it doesn't, the message is still the same, and in this ever changing world of ours the core essence of the story is one the world should heed. This version is a blast, it's loud, it's brash, but boy is it damn funny, and I personally watch it every Christmas without fail. And yes, I watch it alongside the glorious Alistair Sim version, for although they are poles apart in class, they both entertain for very different reasons. Joining Murray in this festive romp is the delightful Karen Allen, while luminaries such as former New York Dolls front man David Johansen and Mr. Laconic himself, Robert Mitchum, add some weight to the cast list. It all works really rather well with the exception of Carol Kane's Ghost Of Christmas Present, where to me she comes off as being more annoying than funny, but that of course is a personal opinion and I know as fact that many others adore her energetic performance. With quips aplenty and of course with a simple heartfelt message at the core, Scrooged is truly a sharp and enjoyable film to be enjoyed at the festive period. Thanks boys, get the nurse! 8/10

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