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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Release Date:

5 November 1970 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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(70 mm prints)| (35 mm prints)


(colour) (Technicolor) (as Technicolor ®)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


It took more than three hours each day to apply the old-age Scrooge makeup to Albert Finney, who was only 34 years old at the time. See more »


During the reprise of "Thank You very Much" at the end of the movie, the crowd sings and dances their way past the booth of the Punch and Judy man and the camera stops to focus on him. If you look just to the left of his booth, you can see the actors stopping and turning back since they are now "off-camera." But, the next shot after the Punch and Judy man shows them continuing down the street. See more »


[Scrooge is covertly watching Harry's Christmas party]
Tom - Friend of Harry's: Harry, I've visited you every Christmas for the past five years, and to this day I can never understand this extraordinary ritual of toasting the health of your old uncle Ebenezer. I mean, everyone knows he's the most miserable old skinflint that ever walked God's earth.
Ebenezer Scrooge: [glaring] Who's he?
Ghost of Christmas Present: Oh... just a friend.
Nephew Fred: My dear Tom, it's very simple. He is indeed a despicable old miser, worse than you could ever possibly imagine.
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Crazy Credits

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


Version of The Alcoa Hour: The Stingiest Man in Town (1956) See more »


A Christmas Carol
Music by Leslie Bricusse
Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse
Performed by Choir
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The classic Christmas film
3 December 1998 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Scrooge is one of those films where you can sit down and let it wash all over you. Finney is the perfect Scrooge: despicable, mean, sarcastic and a lot better than others who have portrayed the miserly character. Scrooge's love and loss of Isabelle is touching as is Tiny Tim's song about his dream of Christmas. The depth of feeling, character and love combines into this absolutely wonderful musical which, while showing the horrific differences between the two classes of society, shows how they can be combined with a little Christmas cheer. By the end of the film, you might just find that there is a little more to Christmas than you thought. I dare you to watch it and sing along to all those catchy numbers!

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