Scrooged

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Paramount Released 1988

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Director:
Richard Donner
Released:
1988
Rating:
PG-13

An American US TV station is planning a live Christmas Eve production of the Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol, but the guy making it all happen, programming executive Francis 'Frank' Xavier Cross is a cold-hearted, selfish and mean bigot. Having spent years being the way he is, and being Christmas Eve, he is visited by the spirit of his dead boss, Lew Haywardand told that he could be like him if he doesn't change. Just like the Dickens tale he also says Frank will be visited by three other ghosts to try and mend his ways and appreciate the Christmas spirit, and off viewers go and a wild and funny evening of ghoulish Christmas cheer.

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Metacritic Score

  • 50

    The New York Times Vincent Canby

    Scrooged works in fits and starts. The mundane demands of the sentimental story keep interrupting what are, essentially, revue sketches, a few of which are hilarious.

  • 25

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Scrooged is one of the most disquieting, unsettling films to come along in quite some time. It was obviously intended as a comedy, but there is little comic about it, and indeed th...

  • 10

    Variety

    Scrooged is an appallingly unfunny comedy, and a vivid illustration of the fact that money can't buy you laughs. Its stocking spilling with big names and production values galore, ...

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  • QUOTES (9)

    • Frank: What in the hell is this?
      Grace: That's a painting one of my kids did. There's Santa Claus and Mrs Claus.
      Frank: Honey, how many fingers does Mrs Claus have?
      Grace: 11.
      Frank: 11. Right, it's crap, lose it, I don't want it on the wall.

    • Preston: Have you any idea how many cats there are in this country?
      Frank: N-N...no, mmm I don't have those...no.
      Preston: 27 million. D'you know how many dogs?
      Frank: In America?
      Preston: 48 million.
      Frank: Wow.
      Preston: We spend 4 billion on pet food alone.
      Frank: Four...?!
      Preston: Now, I have see a study from Hamstead University which shows us that cats and dogs are beginning to watch television. Noe, if these scientists are right, we should start programming right now, for within 20 years they could become steady viewers.
      Frank: Programming... for cats?

    • Grace: OK, you're due at Helmsley Palace at seven and I'm leaving.
      Frank: No, you're not, you're staying here with me, we're working late.
      Grace: I have to take my son to the doctor.
      Frank: Grace, when I work late, you work late!
      Grace: But I made the appointment two months ago.
      Frank: I care(!) We're indivisible. If I'm working late, you gotta work late! If you can't work late, I can't work late! If I can't work late... I can't work late!

    • Eliot: (Eliot is splashed by a passing taxi) You stinky guy! You big dog, you!

    • Lady Censor: I'm sorry, Mr. Cross. I am the censor and I will not allow this costume on the air.
      Frank: Why not!
      Lady Censor: Well, specifically... you can see her nipples!
      Frank: I want to see her nipples!
      Lady Censor: But, this is a Christmas show.
      Frank: Well, Charles Dickens would have wanted to see her nipples, then.

    • Mouse Wrangler: I can't get the antlers glued onto this little guy. We've tried crazy glue but it don't work.
      Frank: Have you tried staples?

    • James: Hey Francis, I've got a surprise for you. Merry Christmas.
      Young Frank: A choo-choo train?
      Earl: No, it's 5lb of veal.
      Young Frank: But, daddy, I asked Santa for a choo-choo.
      Earl: Well, then go and get a job and buy a choo-choo!
      Doris: Ah, Earl, he's only four years old.
      Earl: All day long I listen to people give excuses why they can't work - "My back hurts. My legs ache. I'm only four!"

    • Frank: I'm gonna give you some advice, Claire - scrape 'em off. You wanna save somebody, save yourself.
      Claire: Oh, well that's a wonderful attitude to have on Christmas Eve. Merry Christmas.
      Frank: Bah! Humbug!

    • Frank: (regarding Calvin) What's wrong with him?
      Ghost of Christmas Present: He hasn't spoken since he saw his father killed five years ago. He just drifted away. Like sleeping beauty.
      Frank: I didn't know that Grace's husband had died!
      Ghost of Christmas Present: Oh, Frank, don't you remember that period when she wore black for a year.
      Frank: I remember her wearing black, but I thought it was a fashion thing. I mean, people were wearing black, you know.
      Ghost of Christmas Present: Oh, Frank. My, my poor Frank.
      Frank: Well, is he gonna be OK?
      Ghost of Christmas Present: It's his choice. Only he can break the spell.

  • NOTES (6)

    • Production Budget - $32,000,000
      Domestic Gross - $60,328,558 (13th)

      Domestic Adjusted for 2013 - $119,776,407

    • Production Companies:
      Mirage Studios

    • Filming locations include:
      New York City, New York
      Toronto, Ontario, Canada

    • Taglines:
      1. The spirits will move you in odd and hysterical ways.
      2. Bill Murray is back among the ghosts. Only this time, it's three against one.

    • Music:
      Brown Eyed Girl

      Written by Van Morrison
      Performed by Buster Poindexter
      Christmas Must be Tonight

      Written and performed by Robbie Robertson
      The Christmas Song
      (Chestnuts on an Open Fire)
      Written by Mel Torme and Robert Wells
      Get Up N Dance

      Written by L. Mallison, M. Dewese and R. Isaacs
      Performed by Kool Moe Dee
      I Second that Emotion

      Written by William Robinson and Alfred Cleveland
      Performed by Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
      Hallelujah Chorus
      Written by Handel
      It's Howdy Doody Time
      Written by Edward C. Kean
      The Love You Take
      Written by Dan Hartman
      Performed by Dan Hartman & Denise Lopez
      Put A Little Love in Your Heart
      Written by Jackie De Shannon, Randy Myers and Jimmy Holiday
      Performed by Annie Lennox and Al Green
      Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
      Written by Johnny Marks
      Silver Bells
      Written by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans
      Performed by Robert Goulet
      Santa Claus is Coming to Town
      Written by Haven Gillespie and J. Fred Coots
      Smile You're on Candid Camera
      Written by Alan Scott ans Keith Taylor
      Sweetest Thing
      Written by U2
      Performed by New Voices of Freedom
      The Toy Parade (Leave it to Beaver Theme)
      Written by David Kahn, Mort Greene and Melvyn Lenard
      We Three Kings of Orient Are
      Performed by Miles Davis, Larry Carlton, David Sanborn and Paul Shaffer
      A Wonderful Life
      Written by Judson Spence & Monroe Jones
      Performed by Mark Lennon
      Wooly Bully
      Written by Domingo Samudio
      Put A Little Love in You Heart (Finale)
      Written by Jackie De Shannon, Randy Myers and Jimmy Holiday
      Performed by The Cast

    • John Houseman(who played himself) died on October 31st 1988, almost a month before Scrooged was released on November 23rd.

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quotable, money isn't everything, new lease on life, horrible people, holiday fun