Scrooged (1988)

RICHARD DONNER

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB

USA, 1988.  .  Screenplay by , , based on the novel A Christmas Carol by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by Richard Donner, .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by , .  

Cute modernization of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol features Bill Murray in the kind of role that is tailor-made for him. He plays a soulless television executive who on Christmas Eve would rather be raking in advertising dollars than doing anything about the holidays. You know what happens from there: the ghost of Christmases Past, Present and Future visit him, though in this case the one from the past is a psycho cab driver (), the present a goofy fairy (Carol Kane) and the future is represented by a terrifying Grim Reaper. Spirited performances make for fine holiday fun, and even a few touching moments as well.

Academy Award Nomination:  Best Makeup

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