• 12
  • Richard Donner (1988)
  • US
  • 100 min
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Film Review
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3 out of 5

For the opening quarter, this is a joyously black Christmas treat with Bill Murray at his sour-faced best as a monstrous TV executive preparing for the festive break by sacking staff, planning a season of violence and ordering mini antlers to be stapled on the heads of mice. However, being an update of A Christmas Carol, it is not long before sentimentality starts seeping in, as Murray is shown what a miserable heel he is by unconventional ghosts John Forsythe, Carol Kane and David Johansen. It's a missed opportunity, but some gags still hit the mark and there's a stream of starry cameos: Robert Mitchum, John Houseman, Buddy Hackett, Lee Majors and Mary Lou Retton.

Plot Summary

Seasonal comedy, starring Bill Murray, Karen Allen and featuring Robert Mitchum. Frank Cross, the youngest network president in television history, is a man who hates Christmas and plans to exploit the holidays to attract as many viewers as possible, no matter what it takes. However, Frank is about to be visited by three unconventional ghosts who will go to any lengths to make him change his mean-spirited ways.

Cast and crew


Frank Cross
Bill Murray
Claire Phillips
Karen Allen
Lew Hayward
John Forsythe
Eliot Loudermilk
Bobcat Goldthwait
Preston Rhinelander
Robert Mitchum
Ghost of Christmas Present
Carol Kane
Brice Cummings
John Glover
Ghost of Christmas Past
David Johansen
Grace Cooley
Alfre Woodard
Earl Cross
Brian Doyle-Murray
Michael J Pollard
Woman in shelter
Anne Ramsey
James Cross
John Murray
Calvin Cooley
Nicholas Phillips
Mabel King
Jacob Marley
Jamie Farr
June Cleaver
June Chandler
Wally Cleaver
Michael Eidam
Buddy Hackett
Buddy Hackett
John Houseman
John Houseman
Robert Goulet
Robert Goulet
Mary Lou Retton
Mary Lou Retton
Lee Majors
Lee Majors


Richard Donner

Other Information

Violence, swearing
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Certificate 12