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There have been numerous versions of the timeless classic, "A Christmas Carol". From the big screen hits, to some even more dreadful TV movies. But no matter what remake I have seen, nothing beats the 1988 adaptation, "Scrooged". Bill Murray does a fantastic job as the heartless TV executive who is visited by 3 spirits to help change his ways on Christmas Eve.

There have been dozens of versions of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" but none as darkly twisted and funny as SCROOGED, director Richard Donner's 1988 spin on the holiday tale. Bill Murray stars as Frank Cross, a heartless TV exec who only wants the simple things in life: to make tons of money and for people to leave him the hell alone. He's is a greedy, despicable man who is actually pretty OK with everyone hating him. But one Christmas Eve, after he's made his crew work all night on a crap TV special and casually fired one employee (Bobcat Goldthwait!), the ruthless miser gets a visit from three ghosts (including the New York Dolls' David Johansen! And eternal pixie Carol Kane!) who try to show him the error of his ways -- with insults, hellacious cab rides to his unhappy past, punches to the face, and glimpses of a ruinous future.
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