In the annals of history, no other story (that we can think of) has been told and retold (and then told again) more than Dickens’ A Christmas Carol… and so every year we’re subjected to dozens of variations on the Scrooge theme–– from Barbie to George C. Scott.
At the top of the heap, though, sits one from the 80s.
Ladies and gentlemen, let’s get the holiday season at Best of the 80s kicked off with one of our all-time favs: Scrooged.
From the opening shots of “The Day the Reindeer Died” to Mary Lou Retton’s tumbling run, from the Solid Gold dancer’s nipple to “Scrape ’em off, Claire”, this version of A Christmas Carol is something truly special.
Bill Murray is Frank Cross (as in, “a thing you nail people too”), a hot-shot TV executive who’s given the task of producing an all-new holiday special for his network. His Christmas cheer seems to have gone missing, though, so it takes visits from three ghosts (Buster Poindexter, Carol Kane, and the black-hooded guy) to turn things around.
With Karen Allen, Bobcat Goldthwait, John Houseman, and Robert Mitchum rounding out the cast, what’s not to love? And just to make it even more heart-meltingly awesome, Murray also made sure there were spots in the film for his three brothers, too. Bah humbug, our ass!
Scrooged hit theaters the day before Thanksgiving 1988, and it went on to not only top $60 million but also firmly cement itself as a must-see holiday flick, right up there with A Christmas Story.
And the fact that it has such an inspirational message (“The Jews taught me this great word: schmuck. I was a schmuck, and now I’m not a schmuck!”), well… even better.
We ♥ Scrooged.