Frank Cross is a cynical, mean spirited television executive, he treats his loyal assistant with contempt,he just sacked a member of staff on Christmas Eve for simply disagreeing with him and he's alienated himself from his brother who still insists on inviting Frank to Christmas dinner despite him refusing to go every other year. However, Frank is forced to learn the true meaning of Christmas when he's visited by three ghosts. Written by
The movie was the second ghost picture comedy that star Bill Murray made. Wikipedia states, "the film was marketed with references to Ghostbusters (1984) which had been a great success four years earlier. In the U.S.A., the tagline was, "Bill Murray is back among the ghosts, only this time, it's three against one". See more »
After watching the Lee Majors promo, Frank looks at his mirror in his drawer and smiles. The reflection shows him looking back up, but in the next shot he looks up again. See more »
You're staying here with me. We're working late.
But I have to take my son to the doctor.
GRACE! When I work late, YOU work late!
But I made the appointment two months ago!
I DON'T CARE!
We're indivisible. If I'm working late, you GOTTA work late! If you can't work late, I can't work late! If I can't work late, I CAN'T WORK LATE!
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This is my favorite "adaptation" of A Christmas Carol. It's also my favorite Christmas movie. A lot of people say that Bill Murray's character of Frank Cross is unlikeable. Would you prefer a warm and fuzzy Scrooge for the first half? Then there are those who say that the end is sappy. The ending is what I like the most. And Murray's acting is much better than other Scrooges, who usually overact. Murray manages to be over-the-top with his cruelty while still making his acting believable. Cross is truly Scrooge-like, reveling in the death of an old woman caused by his commercial because it's free publicity. Another common comment is that Carol Kane steals the scene as the Ghost of Christmas Present. Not true. The chemistry between Murray and Kane ensures that they share the screen perfectly. This is a wonderful movie. I can't understand why anyone would say otherwise. Bobcat Goldthwait puts in a great performance as a disgruntled employee fired on Christmas Eve. The best part is the end. This movie has what has to be the happiest ending in the history of movies. He understands the meaning of Christmas, gets a new lease on life, gets the girl, the little boy talks, and everybody sings a song. Danny Elfman provides the score, doing a brilliant job as always. A beautiful movie all around. A+
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