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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(colour) (Technicolor) (as Technicolor ®)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


After Scrooge drinks some milk offered by the Ghost of Christmas Present, he asks if he can have some more. This line is almost very similar to the famous quote Oliver Twist says when he asks for more gruel. See more »


During the singing of "Christmas Children" a lady shopper is seen loading up a basket filled with grapes and a pineapple. Considering the time that the story takes place (circa 1843), fresh fruit like this would have been impossible to acquire in December. See more »


Ebenezer Scrooge: How shall I ever understand this world? There is nothing on which it is so hard as poverty, and yet, there is nothing it condemns with such severity as the pursuit of wealth.
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The phrase "Merry Christmas" appears at the end of the movie. See more »


Version of A Christmas Carol (2000) See more »


Christmas Children
Music by Leslie Bricusse
Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse
Performed by David Collings, Richard Beaumont and Karen Scargill
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20 December 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have just read a negative comment about this movie. I believe it's the first I've ever encountered. Yes, I was a bit scared when I was young, but I had reassuring parents and saw that in the end, it was upbeat and fun.

One favorite part is while Bob Crachit and his kids are getting last minute things for Christmas Eve (During Christmas Children), there is such an obvious display of the differences between the rich and the poorer classes. The rich pick up their things and he, a poorer man, picks up what he can with his 15 schillings - yet stays upbeat, thankful and loving. It's really a beautiful scene.

I love to watch this movie at any time of the year. Albert Finney really nails this character. It's hard to believe that he was only 34 when he made this film. My kids (4 and 7) could not believe that was really him in the Christmas Past scenes.

The rest of the cast indeed are incredible. Bob Crachit was outstanding and so tender and the ghost of Christmas Present was so fun.

I attempted to watch the latest musical version with Kelsey Grammar, I really tried. It was a painful 15 minutes. You just can't create another musical version of this story that tops this one!

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