Scrooged (1988)



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Movie Info

A darkly comic and surreal contemporization of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol, this effects-heavy Bill Murray holiday vehicle from 1988 sees the former SNL funnyman assuming the role of television executive Frank Cross, the meanest and most depraved man on earth. Cross will stoop to unheard of levels to increase his network's ratings -- even if it means mounting outrageous programs to retain an audience, such as "Robert Goulet's Cajun Christmas" and Lee Majors in "The Night the Reindeer … More

Rating: PG-13 (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Mitch Glazer, Michael O'Donoghue
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 9, 1999
Paramount Pictures


as Frank Cross

as Brice

as Christmas Past

as Christmas Present

as Preston

as Calvin Cooley

as Grace Cooley

as Gramma

as James Cross

as Himself

as Himself

as Scrooge

as Himself

as Himself

as Ghost of Christmas P...

as Earl Cross

as Lanell Cooley

as June Cleaver

as Executive

as Executive

as Executive

as Archbishop

as IBC Guard

as IBC Guard

as Steven Cooley

as Stage Manager

as Choreographer

as Carpenter

as Carpenter

as IBC Nurse

as Foreman

as Headwaiter

as Doris Cross

as Frank as Child

as Mrs. Claus at Party

as Man #1 at Party

as Party Guest

as Mike the Mailman

as Lew Haywards Secreta...

as Woman in Shelter

as Man in Shelter

as Wendie Cross

as Guest

as Mrs. Rhinelander

as Older Calvin

as Announcer

as Technician

as Technician

as Technician

as Technician

as Technician

as Street Musician

as Street Musician

as Street Musician

as Street Musician

as Technician

as Eliot Loudermilk
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Critic Reviews for Scrooged

All Critics (39) | Top Critics (8)

Despite the juicy, on-the-edge craziness, Murray is able to layer his outrageous histrionics with an inner sensibility, making his ultimate transformation not only believable but Christmas-cheer uplifting.

Full Review… | April 7, 2015
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Tacky in the extreme, this self-congratulatory 1988 film is an exercise in hypocrisy, indulging every form of Christmas exploitation that it pretends to attack, and many of the laughs are forced.

Full Review… | November 27, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

An appallingly unfunny comedy, and a vivid illustration of the fact that money can't buy you laughs.

Full Review… | November 27, 2007
Top Critic

Rowdy stuff for the light in head.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

In spite of the jokes at the expense of television-network censors, there's very little in the film, aside from naughty words, that wouldn't be perfectly acceptable on prime-time television.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

It's got Bill Murray, and that's always a good thing.

Full Review… | November 4, 2011
Movie Metropolis

Audience Reviews for Scrooged


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Super Reviewer

"Scrooged is by far one of my favorite Christmas flicks. Yes I know were in Februrary and Christmas has come and gone, but I couldn't resist watching it when I saw it on Netflix streaming. Plus it was about 4 in the morning and I had nothing better to do. I love Bill Murray. He is one of my favorite comedy actors. He has perfect timing with his lines. Carol Kane is my favorite ghost, that being the ghost of Christmas Present. She made me laugh the most. She and Murray were great together.
The movie is a lot of fun and you can't come away not feeling a bit happy after watching it. It's too much fun. Watch it if you get the chance. Who cares if it's Christmas or not. I can watch this anytime."


Super Reviewer

It's one of Murray's funnier films and certainly one of the better Christmas movies around (not that that's a hard thing to achieve!) and almost certainly my favourite version of the story.

Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer

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