Trivia / Scrooged

  • Actor Allusion:
  • Completely Different Title: In order to play up the Ghostbusters angle, the Mexican title for this movie was "The Ghosts Strike Back."
    • Some dubs change the title to "The Ghosts Attack the Boss."
    • The German dub is titled a bit more creatively: "The Ghosts I Called."
    • In Italy the film is known as "S.O.S. Fantasmi" (S.O.S. Ghosts).
  • The Danza: James's wife, played by Wendie Malick, is named Wendie.
  • Dyeing for Your Art: All the abuse Bill Murray takes from Carol Kane? It's all real.
  • Enforced Method Acting: Carol Kane reportedly came very close to actually whacking Bill Murray with the toaster on every single take, though it never actually happened.
  • Hostility on the Set: Bill Murray revealed that he didn't get on with Richard Donner, stating that they would disagree with each other. Donner said of Murray:
    He's superbly creative but occasionally difficult - as difficult as any actor.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: Carol Kane reportedly would get very upset at having to "rough up" Bill Murray in their scenes together.
  • Playing Against Type: Initially Bobcat Goldthwait seems like odd casting as the timid, softspoken sad sack Elliot. It makes a lot more sense by the end though.
  • Real-Life Relative: Bill's brother John Murray as Frank Cross's brother James. Brian Doyle-Murray also cameos as Earl, their father, in the past sequence. Joel Murray plays another guest at James' party.
  • Throw It In!: Jack McGee ad-libbed his line "You can hardly see them nipples."
  • Unintentional Period Piece:
    • Frank refers to Leroy Nieman painting a mural on the Berlin Wall, and one of the cities that the Scrooge telecast was supposed to be live from is West Berlin. The Berlin Wall would fall within a year.
    • Grace has an anti-Apartheid poster on the wall of her apartment. Apartheid did not last much longer than the Berlin Wall did.
      • The Anti-Apartheid poster was likely a throw in by Richard Donner, as he was an outspoken Anti-Apartheid activist at the time (and similar posters were featured on Lethal Weapon).
    • The idea of a VCR as a premium gift strikes audiences today as a little amusing.
    • "...And Starring Mary Lou Retton as 'Tiny Tim.'" If you're into gymnastics, you might know who Mary is, and why she was famous in The '80s. If not, well...


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