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High-spirited high jinks on Christmas Eve put Frank Cross (Bill Murray) in a ghostly time warp in this hilarious take-off of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” Cross, who has made the meteoric rise from the depths of the mailroom to TV network president, is mean, nasty, uncaring, unforgiving and has a sadistic sense of humor - perfect qualities for a modern-day Scrooge. Before the night is over, he’ll be visited by a maniacal New York cab driver from the past, a present-day fairy who’s into pratfalls and, finally, a ghoulish, seven-foot headless messenger from the future.
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There is almost nothing negative to say about this film, it's a vastly underrated film. And, for jazz fans, if you look closely, you'll catch Miles Davis as a street musician in NYC. Great touch.
Wonderful. Bill Murray---and most of his actual relatives---are in this, along
with cameos, etcetera, from all the big-name stars Bill could get to pad the
cast. The movie slows down at the end, gets a little sappy, but while JESUS
does NOT make a guest-appearance just about everone else does. Amen!
NICE PRICE, includes the theatrical preview trailer... and a cast of HUNDREDS!
On to the movie. Along with Groundhog Day and The Man Who Knew Too Little, this is one of my favorite Bill Murray films. (Caddy Shack would be in there too, but I don't really regard that as just a Bill Murray film).
In this modernized and "comedized?" version of "A Christmas Carol", Murray is brilliant as the amoral, heartless TV exec, and the movie takes no prisoners in spoofing that business. Laugh out loud scenes abound, even after repeated viewings. The "Live Christmas Carol" within the movie particularly has a host of funny scenes in connection with it, even as the film follows the general course of the original tale.
It's unbelievable to me that this film was released in 1988. It just doesn't seem that old. Like all good movies, the story and the jokes are ageless.
Thankfully there are no musical numbers, but quite a few inventive skits and alternate scenes of a modern society with a real life Scrooge in the quise of head honcho Bill Murray. The score, however, is quite suitable for the comedic backdrops. Evidentlly, they spared no expense in this particular production right after the era of Christopher Reeve's Superman, and they both have the same look and charisma. A delightful motion picture that will have your head turning to the set.
As an added attraction, Bill Murray ends the movie by giving us all a mean spirited Christmas pep talk, which is actually meant for his own TV audience but transcends to ours. Kudos to the Eurythmics song finale!