PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
A selfish, cynical television executive is haunted by three spirits bearing lessons on Christmas Eve.
Richard Donner initially had reservations about turning A Christmas Carol into a comedy. "It's a thin line. But you have two of the most irreverent writers in the world. You have the most irreverent humorist since W.C. Fields. And you say, 'Let's go!' There's a thin line you walk, but the line is broken-hopefully-in the end of the picture when you see a man evolve out of a situation."
Grace, what in the hell is this?
Grace: Oh, it's a painting, one of my kids did. See, there's Santa Claus and there's Mrs. Claus.
Frank Cross: Honey, how many fingers does Mrs. Santa Claus have here?
Frank Cross: Eleven. Right.
Frank Cross: It's crap. Lose it. I don't want it on the ...
After Frank Cross wakes up in his office after Lew visits him, he drinks some vodka that has a golf ball in it. When he drops the golf ball on his desk, it bounces three times in front of Frank's face. On the second and third bounces, the ball actually goes higher than on its first bounce. Although this is "impossible," it is meant to emphasize the supernatural origins of the ball. Also note that the sound effects correspond with this "supernatural" activity.
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.
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.
$13,027,842 27 November 1988
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