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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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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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The spirits will move you in odd and hysterical ways. See more »


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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Details

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:

$60,328,558
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

During the restaurant scene, a close-up of Frank's wristwatch shows the date is November 23, even though it is supposed to be Christmas Eve. This date is significant, however, for being the film's theatrical release date in the U.S. 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 »

Quotes

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 »

Alternate Versions

In the UK and Ireland, in November 2016, the E4 television channel showed a slightly revised version of the movie, with Frank's Scrooge Promo intact as originally intended, with the exploding plane shot, and only some alternate language replacement on certain dialogue throughout the movie to remove certain profanity, changes obvious in certain points of the story with out of sync lip movements and out of place room acoustics. See more »

Connections

Version of Scrooge: A Christmas Sarah (1990) See more »

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Sweetest Thing
Written by U2
Performed by New Voices of Freedom featuring Adriane McDonald and George Pendergrass
Produced by Jimmy Iovine, Dennis Bell and Christopher Bell
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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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