A selfish, cynical television executive is haunted by three spirits bearing lessons on Christmas Eve
Christmas Film World Cup pedigree
Winner in 2010 over Die Hard and then a Quarter Final defeat to Die Hard in 2014 before a Semi Final appearance against Home Alone in 2018. Overcome Die Hard once again in 2022 Semi Final
BBFC: Contains moderate language and soft drug use
Michael J. Pollard, Bobcat Goldthwait, Carol Kane, John Forsythe, Karen Allen, Bill Murray
Bill Murray and director Richard Donner reportedly did not enjoy working together, creating a lot of tension on-set. When asked by film critic Roger Ebert if he had any disagreements with Donner, Murray replied: "Only a few. Every single minute of the day. That could have been a really, really great movie. The script was so good. There's maybe one take in the final cut movie that is mine. We made it so fast, it was like doing a movie live. He kept telling me to do things louder, louder, louder. I think he was deaf."
Filming began in December, 1987. With Christmas approaching, director Richard Donner asked if the production could have Christmas Day off. But "Paramount Pictures" executives refused, insisting that filming should continue on Christmas Day. However, Donner outwitted them. At the end of the day on December 24, 1987, he officially fired the entire cast and crew. Two days later, on December 26, he officially re-hired everyone. The break allowed the cast and crew members to spend Christmas with their families.
Bill Murray ad-libbed most of his lines. In a 1988 interview with Philadelphia Daily News, Richard Donner discussed Murray's penchant for improvisation and described the experience of directing Murray as follows: "It's like standing on 42nd Street and Broadway, and the lights are out, and you're the traffic cop."
1st in Group F with 141 pts
Last 16 triumph over How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Quarter Final victory over Love Actually
Semi Finalist: sent home by Home Alone
Last 16 victory over How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Quarter final win against Home Alone
Semi Final triumph over Love Actually
Victorious in Final against Die Hard