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Scrooged (Widescreen)

Bill Murray , Karen Allen , Richard Donner    PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
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Most critics couldn't get behind Bill Murray's modern retelling of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol, finding it too unfocused at times and not nearly wicked enough. Still, if you're a Murray fan, you have to enjoy his deliciously nasty portrayal of the world's meanest TV executive, who has his cathartic moment one cold Christmas night in New York City. The various ghosts lead him on a ghost-town tour of Manhattan, with stops at holidays past, present, and future and a Kumbaya moment when Al Green and Annie Lennox sing "Put a Little Love in Your Heart." The effects are otherworldly, but one wishes the writing were as sharp as Murray's edgy portrayal. --Marshall Fine

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Murray/Allen/Forsythe ~ Scrooged

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3.0 out of 5 stars Good Christmas movie - bad any other time Dec 18 2003
By Meesha
I watched this at Christmas, but if I'd watched it any other time, I definitely wouldn't have enjoyed it. Its just those certain movies you can't watch at certain times - like watching a romcom on Valentine's, not a good idea.
Unfortunately, I found this slow to start with. Too long an introduction to Frank Cross (Bill Murray) as the grumpy TV producer person. It really kicked off when the first of the three ghosts appeared - and I found myself reliving my childhood! I loved this book by Charles Dickens as a child, although I was a bad girl, and always skipped to the bit where the ghosts started appearing. I could have done with a skipper on this movie too.
The lovely Karen Allen appears as Frank Cross' ex-girlfriend. I had trouble placing her face, and had to ask - and got the response with a big sigh. I loved her in Starman, and she was great in this movie. The thing about Karen Allen is she has a really nice smile, and makes me want to smile too! I haven't seen her in enough films.
The big singsong was brilliant at the end, and was the highlight of the film for me. Keep watching the credits too, for an extra short bit of Bill Murray doing a little dance.
If you have or want this DVD, don't watch it until the run-up to Christmas. Definitely not one you can watch any other time - unlike A Mom For Christmas (Olivia Newton John, which I think was another TV movie!). I can watch that anytime, and still cry!
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If you have seen every version of "Scrooge" and "A Christmas Carol" and are bored with it all, well here is a version that will have you laughing. "Scrooged" (1998) makes fun of all those old versions you have already seen. Bill Murray (NBC Saturday Night Live, 1977-1980) plays "Scrooge" and he is a tv network president who dislikes Christmas and the spirit of it. He will fire anyone that is good and has good sense. What is fun are the cameo appearances and the familar faces of actors we like to see. Lee Majors, Robert Goulet, Harry Shearer, Alfre Woodard, John Houseman, Buddy hackett, Jamie Farr, Mary Lou Retton, Bobcat Goldthwait, Robert Mitchum, John Glover, Brian Doyle Murray, David Sanborn, Paul Shaffer, Karen Allen, Rebeca Archerd, Michael J. Pollard, Logan Ramsey, Anne Ramsey and Mabel King. John Forsythe plays "Lew Hayward". David Johansen plays "Ghost of Christmas Past". Carol Kane plays "Ghost of Christmas Present".
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bill Murray Gives Dickens A New Twist! Dec 11 2003
In 1988 Director Richard Donner (Leathal Weapon, Timeline, Superman) to audiences into the world of Charles Dicken's A Christmas Carol by brining it into the 80's.
Bill Murray (Osmosis Jones, Lost In Translation, Charlie's Angles) plays TV Executive Frank Cross the meanest, cruelest, most viscious person in the Entertainment industry in New York (Actually patterning himself after real TV Executives of the time.
He happens to be producing his Diabolical version of A Christmas Carol, with Violence, Sex and Amzing non-traditional Christmas Themes. This makes a series of events happens.
Because of this he is forced to see his life, Past, Present and Possible Future! On the way his old Exec Business Partner played by John Forsyth (Charlie's Angles, Dynasty) warns him he will be visited by three ghosts.
Past is played Brilliantly by David Johanson (Oz, Freejack) and takes the form of a New York Cabbie.
Present is played Hysterically by Carol Kane (My Blue HEaven, Joe Vs The Volcano) as the fairy with an incredible attitude.
The future is played by some use of Special Effects.
Other great casting is the amazing Alfrie Woodard (Star Trek First Contact, Radio, K-PAX) as the mother of a muted child that learns a valuable lesson.
Robert Mitchem (James Dean Story, Tombstone, North and South) plays Bill's boss with the sneaking incentive of replacing him with a new California TV Exec obnoxiously (in a good way) played by John Glover (Smallville, Tricks, Batman & Robin).He does have his love interest played by Karen Allen (Raiders Of The Lost Ark, The Perfect Storm, Malcom X) who teaches him the real meaning of love, life and Christmas. There is a character string played by Bobcat Goldthwait (Hercules, Little Vegas) who learns several valuabale lessons himself.
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First off, I would like to correct the individual who referred to Groundhog Day as a 1983 film and used it as an exaple of Murray's first holiday-themed movie. Groundhog Day was actually made around 1993, I believe.
Anyway, the fun thing about this movie is that it is so dumb. But then again, it had to be in order to get our attention. After all, how many times can hollywood re-make Christmas Carol? Even as I write this, I feel that I will be misrepresenting my own opinions by saying so, but what I mean is that this is dumb in the sense that enjoyment of it does not necessitate brain use. It is fun for fun's sake, which even the elitist snobs of the world such as myself have to recognize as perfcetly legitimate. (And of course it has the traditional "love thy neighbor, give to the poor, God bless us, everyone" ending, which is not a total loss.)
My personal favorite touches are the golf balls and mice falling out of the back of the moth-eaten head of Jacob Marley's character - they changed the name in this movie but what they changed it to escapes me at the moment - as well as the wonderful performance on the part of David Johansen as the deliciously obnoxious cab driver/Ghost of Christmas Past who obviously fell out of the crazy tree and hit every branch en route to terra firma. In addition, fans of his singing will experience waves of nostalgia at the marvelous and familiar gravel that we refer to as his voice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Hilarious off beat Christmas comedy - on my favourite's list every year. A must for everyone's Christmas collection!!
Published 1 month ago by Andrea Giacobbo
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
Let me ask you, who doesn't love this movie. It's weird, it's bizarre, not your typical Christmas movie.. but it just wouldn't be Christmas without it!
Published 3 months ago by Tara
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
Great show! Adding it to our Christmas movie collection that we have a marathon of every year. Thanks For AWESOME sale
Published 6 months ago by Jenn McCallum
5.0 out of 5 stars very happy
I was very happy with my purchase, the fact that it arrived when I was told it would was wonderful and we were able to watch it for the holidays
Published 6 months ago by Lydia Martisius
5.0 out of 5 stars Scrooged
This is one of our favourite Christmas Movies of all times. It is GREAT.
Bill Murray is wonderful. Of course, so are the rest of the characters. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Linda
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as I remembered
Saw this movie when it came out and wanted to add it to the Christmas movie collection. Was not disappointed.
Published 7 months ago by Guy Belleperche
4.0 out of 5 stars Liked It
We do have a wide screen TV but for some reason it did not fit the screen properly. Otherwise the quality was very good.
Published 8 months ago by Gisele McLean
5.0 out of 5 stars best christmas movie ever
Very happy about this purchase it is my all time favorite christmas movie and it was a great price.It arrived on the exact date it was suppose to and it's in very good condition
Published 8 months ago by valerie pilon
4.0 out of 5 stars A good adaptation of the original.
This is a good adaptation of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol". It may be more of a suggestion than an adaptation. Read more
Published 10 months ago by bernie
5.0 out of 5 stars Do you want to hear the script of this movie read / acted out!?
Because you can do so here on my podcast no less:

I would not have done this if this move was not an easy 5 out of 5. BAM!
Published 19 months ago by Jordan Maywood
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