That Scene From ‘Scrooged’ (1988)

“Hey, have you seen this movie? What did you think about THAT SCENE?!” We have all used that phrase at one point during our discussions of movies with the other person’s eyebrows raising, “Oh yea, THAT SCENE!” You go on to pick that memorable scene apart by listing what you loved or didn’t like, how it made you feel and the impression it left on you. 

In this series, we will do just that. We will take a scene from a movie and discuss its impact on us. Some of these scenes may be frightening, weird, iconic, controversial, hilarious, and everything in between. Let us know your impression of the scene and the impact it left on you the first time you watched it down below in the comments. Enjoy!

 *Warning: May Contain Spoilers*


Movie: Scrooged (1988)

Scene: Miracle Speech

 

 

THE PLAYERS

Director: Richard Donner

Characters: Frank Cross (Bill Murray) and pretty much the whole cast

THE SETUP

Scrooged is basically a modern retelling of Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol about a shrewd and selfish Network exec being the Ebenezer Scrooge of the story. He has fired people right before Christmas, given crappy gifts, and forced an elaborate live production of A Christmas Carol which makes the entire crew work through the holiday. He is visited by a succession of ghosts that show him his past, present, and future in order to help regain the holiday spirit he lost along the way. First, Frank is visited by his former mentor who passed away from a heart attack, and warns him of the ghosts coming to visit. The ghost of Christmas past comes in the form of a cab driver that shows Frank as a young kid losing himself in the television and also falling for the love of his life Claire but have since parted ways because he decided to focus on his career. Back in the present day, Frank tries to reconnect with Claire but he soon ruins that chance.

A volatile fairy shows up as the ghost of Christmas present to reveal the pain and struggles of those around Frank that he is blind to even though some of it is his doing. Lastly, Frank is visited by a Grime Reaper like figure who shows him his Christmas future if he doesn’t change his ways. Frank seeing himself being incinerated with no one there except his brother and his wife helps change his life around finally and want to not only become a better man but also share his experience. This brings us to our scene.

THAT SCENE

THE EXECUTION

There is a great message here but this might be my favorite scene by Bill Murray. This feels like one of those times where Murray was given a few bullet points, he filled in the rest, and the camera just followed his lead. It feels genuine and wraps up the journey Frank has gone on extremely well. This is one of my favorite Christmas movies that is an almost yearly watch and I thought I would share one of my favorite scenes from it.


What do you think of this scene?

Author: Vincent Kane

I hate things.