Richard Donner (1988)

PG Certificate


Our Score
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.


A heartless TV executive is cruel to his employees and just sees the festive season as an opportunity to make money. However, on Christmas Eve, three ghosts arrive in the night and challenge him to change his cynical ways by showing him his past, present and future. Comedy based on Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, starring Bill Murray, Karen Allen, John Forsythe, David Johansen and Carol Kane.

Cast & 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
Herman Michael J Pollard
Woman in shelter Anne Ramsey
James Cross John Murray
Calvin Cooley Nicholas Phillips
Grandma 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
Director Richard Donner
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Edited for violence and swearing.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray
Comedy Drama