Scrooged (1988) is an American comedy modernization of Charles Dickens' classic tale, A Christmas Carol. The film was produced and directed by Richard Donner, and the screenplay was written by Mitch Glazer and Michael O'Donoghue with Danny Elfman providing the original music score.


A modern twist on Charles Dickens' classic "A Christmas Carol," this time a cynical and selfish TV executive is haunted by three spirits bearing lessons on Christmas Eve.


  • Bill Murray as Francis Xavier "Frank" Cross
  • Karen Allen as Claire Phillips
  • John Forsythe as Lew Hayward
  • John Glover as Brice Cummings
  • Bobcat Goldthwait as Eliot Loudermilk
  • David Johansen as the Ghost of Christmas Past
  • Carol Kane as the Ghost of Christmas Present
  • Robert Mitchum as Preston Rhinelander
  • Nicholas Phillips as Calvin Cooley
  • Michael J. Pollard as Herman
  • Alfre Woodard as Grace Cooley
  • Mabel King as Gramma
  • John Murray as James Cross
  • Wendie Malick as Wendie Cross
  • Brian Doyle-Murray as Mr. Cross, Frank and James's father
  • Joel Murray as Guest

Celebrity cameos

  • Jamie Farr as Himself / Jacob Marley
  • Buddy Hackett as Himself / Ebenezer Scrooge
  • Robert Goulet as Himself
  • John Houseman as Himself
  • Lee Majors as Himself
  • Mary Lou Retton as Herself / Tiny Tim
  • Miles Davis as street musician
  • Larry Carlton as street musician
  • David Sanborn as street musician
  • Paul Shaffer as street musician


  • On Siskel & Ebert & The Movies, Gene Siskel gave it thumbs up while Roger Ebert gave it thumbs down.
  • Sam Kinison was originally slated to play the part of The Ghost of Christmas Past. The part eventually went to David Johansen due to his friendship with Bill Murray.
  • Murray's brothers Brian, John, and Joel also appear in the film.
  • The film was marketed with references to Ghostbusters which had been a great success four years earlier. In the USA, the tagline was, "Bill Murray is back among the ghosts, only this time, it's three against one."