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Scrooge (1970)

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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Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come
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Mrs. Fezziwig
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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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19 December 1970 (Japan)  »

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Trivia

In the original Dickens story, the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come visit Scrooge on 3 consecutive evenings. However, this film has all 3 ghosts visit in 1 evening. This disparity is hinted at when Scrooge awakens after the sequence with the ghost of Christmas Yet to Come and asks the young boy what day it is. If the ghostly visits were all in 1 Christmas Eve evening, it would not perhaps have come as such a surprise to Scrooge it being Christmas morning. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Ghost of Christmas Present: [to Scrooge] Come over here, you weird little man!
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

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

Soundtracks

A Christmas Carol
(uncredited)
Music by Leslie Bricusse
Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse
Performed by Choir
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Scrooge, the Musical
22 December 2004 | by See all my reviews

I enjoyed the film and the songs. I especially liked " Thank You Very Much" and "Happiness", written by Leslie Bricusse. The critics panned the film but I enjoyed it and thought it was different to see a musical version of "A Christmas Carol". Unfortunately, I don't have cable TV so I can't see it anymore on TV. I saw it back in 1970 at the Radio City Music Hall plus I got a live Christmas show,too. It cost about $2.50 then! I thought Albert Finney was very good as Mr. Scrooge. Alec Guiness dis a strange performance of Marley's Ghost. The sets showing Victorian London looked very authentic. I wish they would make musicals like this rather than these silly teenage comedies.


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