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Hard to imagine this film working well at all without Douglas in the lead. He's such a smug little asshole that you really delight in how brutal and mean the game is, but his humanity is still there and you slowly begin to worry and fear for his safety.
It's a fun film, breezy and crafted super well with just a murders row of great character actors. Would be a VHS classic if I had discovered it sooner.
Brian Henson later offered the role to Michael Caine, who replied: "I'm going to play this movie like I'm working with the Royal Shakespeare Company. I will never wink, I will never do anything Muppety. I am going to play Scrooge as if it is an utterly dramatic role and there are no puppets around me."
And that's why this movie works so well!