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
- 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."