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Scrooged (Widescreen) [Import]

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  • Actors: Bill Murray, Karen Allen, John Forsythe, John Glover, Bobcat Goldthwait
  • Directors: Richard Donner
  • Writers: Charles Dickens, Michael O'Donoghue, Mitch Glazer
  • Producers: Art Linson, Jennie Lew Tugend, Peter Frankfurt, Raymond Hartwick
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Widescreen, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13
  • Studio: Paramount
  • Release Date: Aug. 8 2002
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305609764
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Product Description

A modern, comedic telling of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol.
Genre: Feature Film-Comedy
Rating: PG13
Release Date: 13-AUG-2002
Media Type: DVD

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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.4 out of 5 stars

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Dec 28 2003
Format: DVD
I guess I'm biased because in my mind Bill Murray can do no wrong - I am that big of a fan.
I found Scrooged to be hilarious and a refreshing change of pace from the sugary Christmas Carol originals. Sure they are great movies, but a change of pace that also offers good sentiment at the end is also refreshing.
The ghosts of Christmas past in Scrooged are hilarious, especially Carol Kane the "sweet, angelic" ghost who kicks Bill's butt more than once.
Some tender moments are when you realize, as the credits run, that Bill's brother in the movie is really played by his real brother, and Bill couldn't have summmed it up any better when he states, at the end of the movie, that Christmas is the one time of year when we all spend a few hours being the kind of people we should be all year long. It's a reminder of all we can and should be.
I really enjoyed this movie and plan on buying it on DVD ...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Meesha on Dec 18 2003
Format: DVD
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James P. McDonald on Dec 17 2003
Format: VHS Tape
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lorenzo M. in the Hollywood CA Area on Dec 11 2003
Format: DVD
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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