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.~Nathan Southern
I remember seeing this movie in the theaters at age 14 on Christmas night when it came out. It's a hilarious twist on the Charles Dickens classic and Bill Murray is downright perfect for the role. He is snarky, smug, sarcastic as a horrible boss that could care less about anybody but himself. Then of course he's visited by the 3 ghosts and his outlook on life changes for the best. Carol Kane's cameo as the Ghost of Christmas Present is the funniest part, in my opinion. I watch this movie with my family every Christmas season.
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I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Can't go wrong with Bill Murray
Owned for 1.5 years when reviewed.
I can remember seeing this one in the theater when I was a kid and loved it. With the holiday season coming up, it's one to pick up. You can never go wrong with Bill Murray.
I mostly got this to get the digital copy to insure I have the almighty Bill Murray on the go, because when this movie was made, they couldn't fathom the high definition that is our standard today, so the blu ray copy isn't necessary, although it is pretty sweet. The holidays aren't complete without watching this film at least once in my house, and this is the best version out there. The digital copy insures I get to enjoy this whenever, wherever, holidays or not, so this is truly a must have for the movie collection, and if you're not a Bill Murray fan, you don't really have any business watching movies in the fist place ;o)
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