Scrooged (1988)

35mm film, colour, 1.85:1
Dolby Stereo, English

An American comedy fantasy film directed by Richard Donner.

Plot Summary

Mean-spirited television executive Frank Cross sacks a member of staff on Eve and mistreats hos long-suffering personal assistant. But that night he's visited by three determined to make him see the error of his ways.


Directed by: Richard Donner
© MCMLXXXVIII [1988] by Paramount Pictures Corporation
In association with Mirage ProductionsMirage Enterprises. An Art Linson production. A Richard Donner film. A Paramount Pictures presentation
Executive Producer: Steve Roth
Produced by: Richard Donner, Art Linson
Co-producer: Ray Hartwick
Associate Producer: Jennie Lew-Tugend
Written by: Mitch Glazer, Michael O'Donoghue
Suggested by “” by: Charles Dickens
Director of Photography: Michael Chapman
Edited by: Fredric Steinkamp, William Steinkamp
Music Score by: Danny Elfman
Production Mixer: Willie Burton
Costume Designer: Wayne Finkelman
Supervising Make-Up Artist: Bari Dreiband-Burman
Supervising Hairstylist: Marlene Williams
Special Make-Up Effects Created and Designed by: Thomas R. Burman, Bari Dreiband-Burman
Special Effects Coordinator: Allen L. Hall
Special Visual Effects by: Dream Quest Images
Production Designer: J. Michael Riva
Casting by: David Rubin

Bill Murray (Frank Cross)
Karen Allen (Claire Phillips)
John Forsythe (Lew Hayward)
John Glover (Brice Cummings)
Bobcat Goldthwait (Eliot Loudermilk)
David Johansen (Ghost of Christmas Past)
Carol Kane (Ghost of Christmas Present)
Robert Mitchum (Preston Rhinelander)
Nicholas Phillips (Calvin Cooley)
Michael J. Pollard (Herman)
Alfre Woodard (Grace Cooley)
Mabel King (Gramma)
John Murray (James Cross)
Jamie Farr (Jacob Marley)
Robert Goulet (himself)
Buddy Hackett ()
John Houseman (himself)
Lee Majors (himself)
Pat McCormick (Ghost of Christmas Present (TV))
Brian Doyle Murray (Earl Cross)
Mary Lou Retton (herself)

Alternative Titles

3 nin no gôsuto – Japanese title
3人のゴースト – Japanese title
Benim Gecem – Turkish title
Božićna satira – Serbian title
Fantômes en fête – French, French Canadian title
Die Geister die ich rief – German title
Die Geister, die ich rief… – West German title
Haamujen kosto – Finnish title
Los fantasmas atacan al jefe – Spanish title
Los fantasmas contraatacan – Argentine, Mexican, Peruvian, Uruguayan title
Nauja kaledine pasaka – Lithuanian title
Os Fantasmas Contra Atacam – Brazilian title
Party fantasmaton – Greek title
Poveste trăsnită de Crăciun – Romanian title
S.O.S. fantasmi – Italian title
Scrooge: A Christmas Carol – working title
Skrudd – Norwegian title
SOS Fantasmas – Portuguese title
Strasidelné Vánoce – Czech title
Szellemes karácsony – Hungarian title
Vaimude kättemaks – Estonian title
Wigilijny show – Polish title
Πάρτι φαντασμάτων – Greek title
Новая рождественская сказка – Russian title
Скнара – Ukrainian title
Скъперникът – Bulgarian title
回到過去 – Taiwanese title

Includes extracts from
Captain Midnight (1954-1958)
A Christmas Carol (1938)
Commander USA's Groovie Movies (1985-1989)
It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol (1962)
Puppet Playhouse (1947-1960)



  • Charles Dickens on the Screen: The Film, Television and Video Adaptations by Michael Pointer p.143
  • The Encyclopedia of Novels Into Films second edition by John C. Tibbetts and James M. Welsh pp.54-56 – illustrated credits, review (by F.T. [Frank Thompson])
  • The Films of the Eighties by Robert A. Nowlan and Gwendolyn Wright Nowlan p.502 pp.138-156
  • Ghosts and Angels in Hollywood Films by James Robert Parish pp.298-300 – illustrated credits, synopsis, review
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films IV by Donald C. Willis p.439 – credits
  • Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Film Sequels, Series, and Remakes by Kim R. Holston and Tom Winchester p.427, 429 – credits, review

Other sources

  • BFI Southbank Guide December 2022 p.42 – illustrated listing