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Sika’s 100 Greatest Movies of All Time! 79. Scrooged (1988)

August 2, 2011

79. Scrooged [DVD] (1988)

Plot: Francis “Frank” Xavier Cross (Bill Murray) is a coldhearted and cruel television executive; which has cost him his true love, the warm-hearted Claire Phillips (Karen Allen) and the relationship to his brother James (John Murray).

Frank Cross’s life is turned upside down when he gets a visit from three ghosts who takes him on a journey through past, present and future Christmases in an effort to get him to change his way.

Also Starring: John ForsytheJohn GloverBobcat GoldthwaitCarol KaneRobert MitchumMichael J. PollardDavid Johansen (aka Buster Poindexter)

Genre: Comedy/Drama/Fantasy
Directed by: Richard Donner
Written By: Mitch Glazer, Michael O’Donoghue
Length: 101 min
Budget: $32,000,000 (estimated)
Gross Revenue: $60,328,558 (USA)
$31,500,000 (USA Video Rentals)

Bill Murray is back among the ghosts. Only this time, it’s three against one. (tagline)

Review: Bill Murray is one of my favorite comedians of all time. The last ten years he has widened his repertoire making dramatic movies like Lost in Translation and Broken Flowers, and while I love him in them too, the Bill Murray I love the most is the funny sarcastic one.

And Bill Murray is the King of Sarcasm. And this movie is like a sarcasm smorgasbord.

Favorite Quote:
Frank: Same old Claire, still trying to save the world.
Claire: You still trying to run it?

Alongside Bill Murray, the rest of the cast make it a great watch too. Karen Allen is lovely, Bobcat Goldthwait is great as “nervous guy” and Carol Kane is fabulous as a “Ghost”.

Heck, there’s so many great characters and celebrity cameos in this one; like Robert GouletLee MajorsMary Lou RettonJohn Houseman and Jamie Farr.

Nerdiest Movie Trivia: When the Ghost Of Christmas Present (Carol Kane) grabbed Bill Murray’s lip she tore it so badly that filming was halted for several days.

This movie makes me laugh so hard, but there’s one thing I hate about it… Yeah, it’s that little black kid.

Every time I watch it and he says his “God bless us, everyone” line I start to cry. I’m forced to watch a Steven Seagal movie straight after just to get my emotions back in order. And I hate that too.

Oscar Count:
1 Nomination:
Best Makeup (Thomas R. BurmanBari Dreiband-Burman)

PREVIOUS ON THE LIST: 80. One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)


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