Scrooged (1988)

PG-13   |    |  Comedy, Drama, Fantasy


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


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  • Bill Murray in Scrooged (1988)
  • Bill Murray and Alfre Woodard in Scrooged (1988)
  • Bill Murray and Richard Donner in Scrooged (1988)

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23 December 2000 | Bwana-2
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| I get it now!
I just finished watching this film (on TNT) for the countless time. What a fine seasonal offering. It's so much better than a lot of the pulp and smarmy c*** that passes for Christmas classics.

Bill Murray exclaims at the end of the movie, "I get it now!" Apparently, some folks watched this flick and didn't get it. The movie is essentially a star turn for Murray, who's in almost every frame - and that's fine with me because he can carry a film. Trivial quibbles over the movie's name and reference to the original work, the lack of faithfulness to the book and other complaints miss the point of the project. While staging a production of 'A Christmas Carol,' a TV executive experiences the very same circumstances as one of the characters in the novel. That alone makes it work. A few reviews question the overall harsh tone of the movie, or more specifically, Murray's role. Frankly, I would not have minded had it been even a little darker. There's a lot of water to carry in that bucket of trying to measure the callous and thoughtless manner in which some folks act on all but the most treasured of holidays. Murray's demeanour boils it down into one strong mean spirit and evaporates it with a truly positive and well-wishing finale.

Scrooged is, along with Groundhog Day, among his best work.

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Trivia

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."


Quotes

Frank Cross: 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?
Grace: Eleven.
Frank Cross: Eleven. Right.
Frank Cross: It's crap. Lose it. I don't want it on the ...


Goofs

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.


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.


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.


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Christmas Must Be Tonight
Written by
Robbie Robertson
Performed by Robbie Robertson
Produced by Robbie Robertson
Courtesy of Geffen Records

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Comedy | Drama | Fantasy | Romance

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