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5 Things We Love about "Scrooged"

The year was 1988. To quote the marketing phrase: “Bill Murray is back among the ghosts, only this time, it’s three against one.”
Director Richard Donner had a lot to live up to following “Goonies” (’85 – the beloved kids adventure movie) and “Lethal Weapon” (’87 – the definitive buddy-cop movie). Perhaps “Scrooged” was his attempt to make the definitive “Christmas Carol” retelling for the 90s. Whether Donner succeeded or the Dickens tale is best left in the 19th century, we’ll let you decide. In the meantime, here’s five things we love about this darkly-humorous Christmas classic, just in time for #ThrowbackThursday.
1. Bill Murray’s actual brothers are in the movie.
For the Nephew Fred role, you could just find an actor who looks like Bill Murray . . . or you could get the real thing. Huzzah for on-set holiday family reunions!

2. The Return of Karen Allen to Fantasy/Sci-Fi . . . Sort of.
Allen, known for her portrayal of everyone’s favorite Indiana Jones heroine in 1981, also tackled sci-fi/fantasy with Jeff Bridges in John Carpenter’s “Starman” before resurfacing as the love interest in this movie, endearing as ever. She did have a starring role in the French-German Mad Max ripoff “Terminus” the year before, but c’mon. We’re Americans. Which means nobody saw it.

3. Cameos Goulet! Err – Galore!
Because Bill Murray plays an embittered TV executive charged with producing a live “Christmas Carol” broadcast, a slew of celebrities show up to play themselves for the TV movie-within-a-movie. Keep your eyes open for Robert Goulet, Buddy Hackett, Mary Lou Retton and more, plus Paul Schaffer and Miles Davis as street musicians.

4. Danny Elfman doing what he does best.
It’s not a movie about (un)dead people if Danny Elfman didn’t compose the score. His credits include “Darkman,” “Army of Darkness,” “The Frighteners;” also “Beetlejuice,” “Edward Scissorhands,” “Nightmare Before Christmas,” “Corpse Bride” . . . you get the picture. Every Tim Burton movie.

5. The New Takes on the Ghosts
If you’re expecting a Tinkerbell-esque Christmas Past and the giant, jovial Christmas Present, stop now. David Johansen (a.k.a. Buster Poindexter . . . yes, him) serves up a maniacal, cackling Past in a time-traveling taxi, while Carol Kane delivers a deceptively soft-spoken, accident-prone Present with a penchant for physical abuse. How else would Murray’s character be motivated to get his act together?

Hollywood Blvd will be showing “Scrooged” as part of our #ThrowbackThursday screenings on December 4th. Tickets are on sale now for $6.00. For questions or more information on this and our other screenings, find us on Facebook or visit us at hollywoodblvdcinema.com.


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