Scrooged Blu-ray Review – Outstanding 80’s Bill Murray Christmas Film

It’s Christmas so time for another festive film recommendation. This is my Scrooged blu-ray review, you know the 1988 classic starring Bill Murray as a nasty television president.

It’s a great comedy version of Charles Dickens ‘A Christmas Carol’ and Murray is on top form.

At the time of writing this movie review you can pick up Scrooged for around £5.95 on Amazon.

  • Scrooged (1988)
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Directed by Richard Donner
  • Running Time: 111 mins
  • UK Rating 15
  • Discs: 1
  • Released by Paramount
  • Blu-ray Released: 1st October 2012


Its Christmas and ruthless IBC Television president Frank Cross (Bill Murray) is about to be visited by three ghosts that are sure to knock some sense into him.

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Style / Direction

Richard Donner masterfully directs this 80’s Christmas classic. The comedy is expertly crafted resulting in film full of laughs from start to finish. The cinematographer for the film was Michael Chapman.

Music / Audio Effects

The film’s magnificent score comes from the hugely talented Danny Elfman.

Acting / Characters

The acting is outstanding, just take a look at the cast list below.

That said this is very much Bill Murray’s film and he delivers laughs big time.

Karen Allen plays Claire Phillips, Frank’s former girlfriend. She is excellent and the two complement each other brilliantly.

There’s not a bad performance in the movie, Carol Kane as the Ghost of Christmas Present is simply sensational as is David Johansen as the Ghost of Christmas Past.

Bobcat Goldthwait adds even further zaniness to proceedings playing Eliot Loudermilk an employee fired by Frank Cross on Christmas Eve.

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Cast of Scrooged

  • Bill Murray as Frank Cross
  • Karen Allen as Claire Phillips
  • John Forsythe as Lew Hayward
  • Robert Mitchum as Preston Rhinelander
  • Bobcat Goldthwait as Eliot Loudermilk
  • Carol Kane as the Ghost of Christmas Present
  • Michael J. Pollard as Herman
  • Alfre Woodard as Grace Cooley
  • John Glover as Brice Cummings
  • David Johansen as the Ghost of Christmas Past
  • Nicholas Phillips as Calvin Cooley
  • Mary Ellen Trainor as Ted
  • Mabel King as Gramma
  • John Murray as James Cross
  • Wendie Malick as Wendie Cross
  • Brian Doyle-Murray as Earl Cross
  • Lisa Mende as Doris Cross
  • Maria Riva as Mrs. Rhinelander
  • Kate McGregor-Stewart as Lady Censor
  • Kathy Kinney as IBC Nurse
  • Robert Hammond as the Ghost of Christmas Future (uncredited)

Conclusion: Scrooged (1988) Film Review

There’s little doubt in my mind that Scrooged is a brilliant Christmas movie and one I try and watch each year. Its funny, sentimental, romantic and violent, what more do really want!

Bill Murray excels in these types of roles as he brings a certain energy and comedic genius that really makes the film a timeless classic.

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Picture © Paramount

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Conclusion: Scrooged Blu ray Review

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The picture quality is outstanding which really does increase the enjoyment of watching this Christmas classic.

On the extras side there’s only a film trailer included but to be honest as long as I can watch the film in pristine condition I’m more than happy.


  • Theatrical Trailer

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Popcorn Cinema Rating: Scrooged (1988)




Scrooged (1988) Trailer

For those of you yet to see the film I’ll leave you with a little taster…

Recent Trailer

Clip may not be representative of the blu-ray version

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Summary: Scrooged (1988) Blu-ray Review
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Movie title: Scrooged (1988)

Movie description: Bill Murray Christmas Comedy

Duration: 111 mins

Director(s): Richard Donner

Actor(s): Bill Murray, Karen Allen, John Forsythe, Robert Mitchum, Carol Kane, Bobcat Goldthwait, Alfre Woodard, David Johansen, John Glover

Genre: Comedy, Romance

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The perfect Christmas comedy film!


  • Bill Murray
  • Great Story – A Christmas Carol
  • Extremely Funny
  • Excellent Picture Quality


  • Blu-ray Could Have More Extras