Scrooge (1970)

G  |   |  Drama, Family, Fantasy  |  5 November 1970 (USA)
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A musical retelling of Charles Dickens' classic novel about an old bitter miser taken on a journey of self-redemption, courtesy of several mysterious Christmas apparitions.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Laurence Naismith ...
Michael Medwin ...
Anton Rodgers ...
Tom Jenkins
Suzanne Neve ...
Isabel Fezziwig
Frances Cuka ...
Derek Francis ...
Tom - Friend of Harry's
Mary Peach ...
Paddy Stone ...
Kay Walsh ...


In 1860, cranky old miser Ebenezer Scrooge hates Christmas; loathes people and defends the decrease of the surplus of poor population; runs his bank exploiting his employee Bob Cratchit and clients, giving a bitter treatment to his own nephew and acquaintances. However, on Christmas Eve, he is visited by the doomed ghost of his former partner Jacob Marley that tells him that three spirits would visit him that night. The first one, the spirit of Christmas Past, recalls his miserable youth when he lost his only love due to his greed; the spirit of Christmas Present shows him the poor situation of Bob's family and how joyful life may be; and the spirit of Christmas Future shows his fate. Scrooge finds that life is good and time is too short and suddenly you are not there anymore, changing his behavior toward Christmas, Bob, his nephew and people in general. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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5 November 1970 (USA)  »

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Kay Walsh, who plays Mrs. Fezziwig, played Nancy in David Lean's 1948 version of Dickens's "Oliver Twist". She also collaborated on the screenplay for Lean's 1946 version of Dickens's "Great Expectations". Ronald Neame, who directed the 1970 "Scrooge", produced the 1948 "Oliver Twist". See more »


After Scrooge wakes up to discover it is Christmas day, he slides down the banister in his home. The banister is very dusty and when he first jumps off, one can see a glimpse of the four inch wide like of dust/dirt down his night shirt. But the very next scene, he walks into the street in his nightshirt, and there is no line of dust/dirt down his front. See more »


Ebenezer Scrooge: [to Bob] You still don't recognise me, do you Cratchit?
Bob Cratchit: Yes. No. Er... Father Christmas?
Ebenezer Scrooge: Heh heh!
[pulls down his mask briefly]
Mrs. Cratchit: Mr. Scrooge? He's gone mad!
Bob Cratchit: No, no, my dear, I'm sure there's an explanation.
Ebenezer Scrooge: I want to see you in my office on Monday morning, when I will double your wages.
Bob Cratchit: He *has* gone mad!
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Crazy Credits

The phrase "Merry Christmas" appears at the end of the movie. See more »


Version of Sanford and Son: Ebenezer Sanford (1975) See more »


I Like Life
Music by Leslie Bricusse
Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse
Performed by Kenneth More and Albert Finney
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My personal favorite version of Dicken's classic tale.
25 December 2003 | by (Lindsay Ontario (Canada)) – See all my reviews

In response to the other comment posted, I can agree. This version is not suitable for ALL ages. Parents should be advised to monitor their small children and perhaps omit the more dramatic scenes involving the Ghost of Christmas Future. When I share this movie with little friends under 12, I take care to either distract them from those sections, or omit them, thanks to the power of the fast-forward button. (But really, today's kids 8-9 and up see way more violent & scary stuff these days!)

However, having said that, I own a copy and have watched it faithfully every Christmas Eve or Christmas Day for nigh onto 20 years. It renews my spirit and reminds me of my responsibilities as a human being.

At the tender age of 12, my Dad took me to see "Scrooge" in the theater when it was released for Christmas. At only 12 years of age, the scenes of the Ghost of Christmas Future were quite vivid.

However, the movie made such an impression on me that it influenced my entire Life philosophy. "Mankind is our business" says Dickens through the Ghost of Christmas Present. This joyful movie filled with wonderful songs that bring me the Christmas Spirit every year. It also imparts the value of staying connected to matters of the spirit and heart, and illustrates the difficulties that arise when ones focus becomes only the material or the monetary. That is a valuable lesson to us all, not just at Christmas, but the whole year through.

I recommend this movie to everyone. Personally, I find it much more engaging and inspiring, not to mention, colorful, than any other version. The performances of all the actors are very entertaining. If you're the sentimental type, keep a hankie close by when Tiny Tim sings for his family at Christmas. What an angel!

Just my 2 cents worth!

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