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Overview

A darkly comic and surreal contemporization of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol, this effects-heavy Bill Murray holiday vehicle from 1988 sees the former SNL funnyman assuming the role of television executive Frank Cross, the meanest and most depraved man on earth. Cross will stoop to unheard of levels to increase his network's ratings -- even if it means mounting outrageous programs to retain an audience, such as "Robert Goulet's Cajun Christmas" and Lee Majors in "The Night the Reindeer Died," with an ...
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Overview

A darkly comic and surreal contemporization of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol, this effects-heavy Bill Murray holiday vehicle from 1988 sees the former SNL funnyman assuming the role of television executive Frank Cross, the meanest and most depraved man on earth. Cross will stoop to unheard of levels to increase his network's ratings -- even if it means mounting outrageous programs to retain an audience, such as "Robert Goulet's Cajun Christmas" and Lee Majors in "The Night the Reindeer Died," with an AK-47-toting Santa. Cross plots his foulest move, however, for the Christmas holiday, when he will force his office staff to mount a live production of A Christmas Carol on national television -- and thus work through Christmas Eve. Cross's life is turned upside down with visits from three ghosts: a craggy-faced cabbie known as The Ghost of Christmas Past David Johansen; the sugar-plum fairy Ghost of Christmas Present Carol Kane who gets her jollies by bonking Frank across the face with a toaster oven; and, eventually, the caped, headless Ghost of Christmas Future, who will send Frank sliding into a crematory oven -- just before he gives the sleazoid one last chance to redeem himself. Along the way, the spirits carry Frank to scenes from his past, present, and future per Scrooge and impart a glimpse of how he became so thoroughly rotten. The radiant Karen Allen co-stars as Frank's girlfriend, Claire Phillips, and the film packs in cameos from countless celebrities -- among them, Mary Lou Retton, John Houseman, Jamie Farr, and, in a truly grisly and tasteless bit, John Forsythe. Richard Donner directs, from a script credited to the late Michael O'Donoghue and Mitch Glazer.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/1/2013
  • UPC: 883929300853
  • Original Release: 1988
  • Source: Paramount Catalog
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 19,666

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bill Murray Frank Cross
Karen Allen Claire Phillips
John Forsythe Lew Hayward
John Glover Brice Cummings
Bobcat Goldthwait Eliot Loudermilk
Carol Kane Ghost of Christmas Present
David Johansen Ghost of Christmas Past
Robert Mitchum Preston Rhinelander
Nicholas Phillips Calvin Cooley
Michael J. Pollard Herman
Alfre Woodard Grace Cooley
Mabel King Gramma
John Murray James Cross
Jamie Farr Jacob Marley
Buddy Hackett Scrooge
John Houseman Himself
Brian Doyle-Murray Earl Cross
Mary Lou Retton Herself
Regina King Lanell Cooley
Patty McCormick Ghost of Christmas Past (TV)
Jean Speegle Howard Mrs. Claus
June Chandler June Cleaver
Mary Ellen Trainor Ted
Bruce Jarchow Wayne
Sanford Jensen Executive
Jeffrey Joseph Executive
Dick Blasucci Executive
Peter Bromilow Archbishop
Bill Marcus IBC Guard
Cal Gibson IBC Guard
Damon Hines Steven Cooley
Paul Tuerpé Stage Manager
Lester Wilson Choreographer
Kate McGregor-Stewart Lady Censor
Jack McGee Carpenter
Bill Hart Carpenter
Kathy Kinney IBC Nurse
Alvin Hammer Foreman
Tony Steedman Headwaiter
Lisa Mende Doris Cross
Ryan Todd Frank as Child
Rebeca Arthur Tina
Selma Archerd Mrs. Claus at Party
Jay Byron Man #1 at Party
Harvey Fisher Party Guest
Jennie Lew Tugend Foo-Ling
Roy Brocksmith Mike the Mailman
Stella Hall Lew Haywards Secretary
Sachi Parker Belle
Delores Hall Hazel
Anne Ramsey Woman in Shelter
Logan Ramsey Man in Shelter
Wendie Malick Wendie Cross
Joel Murray Guest
Mitch Glazer Guest
Susan Isaacs Guest
Ralph Bruneau Nephew
Maria Riva Mrs. Rhinelander
Raphael Harris Older Calvin
Susan Barnes Harpy
Gilles Savard Waiter
Michael O'Donoghue Priest
Dick McGarvin Announcer
Stephen Kahan Technician
Norm Wilson Technician
Henry Brown Technician
Jeanine Jackson Technician
Amy Hill Technician
Miles Davis Street Musician
Larry Carlton Street Musician
David Sanborn Street Musician
Paul Shaffer Street Musician
Peter Onorati
Technical Credits
Richard Donner Director, Producer
Thomas R. Burman Makeup Special Effects, Special Effects
Willie D. Burton Sound/Sound Designer
Michael Chapman Cinematographer
Linda de Scenna Set Decoration/Design
Bari Dreiband-Burman Special Effects
Danny Elfman Score Composer
Wayne A. Finkelman Costumes/Costume Designer
Mitch Glazer Screenwriter
Ray Hartwick Co-producer
John Alan Hicks Set Decoration/Design
Jennie Lew-Tugend Associate Producer
Art Linson Producer
Hugh A. O'Brien Stunts
Michael O'Donoghue Screenwriter
Nancy Patton Set Decoration/Design
Virginia Randolph Art Director
J. Michael Riva Production Designer
Stephen J. Roth Executive Producer
David Rubin Casting
Chris Soldo Asst. Director
Frederic Steinkamp Editor
William Steinkamp Editor
Jim Teegarden Set Decoration/Design
Dianne I. Wager Set Decoration/Design
Thomas Warren Art Director
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    A Christmas Carol Updated

    This is a very funny take on the classic Christmas icon. It's irreverence makes it a must to own. Bill Murray makes Scrooge his own. This is a must to see every Christmas!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    If you don't laugh & feel the Christmas spirit after this, you better see a doctor!

    I'm so glad to own this DVD! These days it's a lot of NetFlix for me, but I just had to have this on hand at all times! If you haven't seen it, SEE IT! If you don't own it, buy it now!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I enjoy it everytime I watch it!

    I think this is a really fun movie to watch. We watch it every December, and never tire of it. In fact, we enjoy it more every year!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    HA! HA! HA! MAKE MERRY MR. SCROOGE! HA! HA! HA!

    This was the most enjoyable updating of the Dicken's Classic that I have ever seen. I was quite impressed with the way that the original story line and the comedy complimented and blended together just right. For me, the most stand out performance in the movie was from Carol Kane as the Ruffian ''Ghost of Christmas Present'' (''OOOO Frank, you know I like the rough stuff!''). Howlingly funny, true to the story and the Spirit of Christmas, this is a Holiday Classic that deserves to be seen every year at Christmastime!

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