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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
Kay Walsh ...
Mrs. Fezziwig
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Storyline

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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What the dickens have they done to Scrooge?... They've put him in a big, big musical. See more »


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19 December 1970 (Japan)  »

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Richard Harris had to bow out of the role of Scrooge, after he was forced to take over the direction of The Hero (1971) in Israel. Rex Harrison agreed to play the part, but had to back out due to a commitment to a difficult play. (Harrison was also having an affair with Harris' then-wife, who he would later marry). Albert Finney, who had been offered the role before Harrison but had initially rejected it, reconsidered once he read the script and asked for the role. Finney was a business associate of Michael Medwin, the co-writer who played his nephew in the film. See more »

Goofs

When we first meet Tiny Tim, he and his sister are looking into a toy store window. If you look closely at the bottom right corner of the screen as the camera zooms in on Tim, you can see the shadow of the camera on a dolly. See more »

Quotes

Ebenezer Scrooge: And be good enough to leave me alone during business hours.
Nephew Fred: Seven o'clock on Christmas Eve? That's not business hours, that's drudgery for the sake of it, and an insult to all men of goodwill.
Bob Cratchit: Here, here!
Nephew Fred: [surprised] Thank you, Bob Cratchit.
Ebenezer Scrooge: [Slowly turns to Cratchit] Another word from you, Cratchit, and you will celebrate Christmas by losing your position.
Bob Cratchit: Yes, Sir. Sorry, Mr. Scrooge.
Ebenezer Scrooge: [Turning back to Fred] You're quite a powerful speaker, Sir. I wonder you don't go into politics. You're fool ...
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Version of Natale a casa Deejay - A Christmas Carol (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

I'll Begin Again
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Music by Leslie Bricusse
Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse
Performed by Albert Finney
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Greatest Christmas Movie Ever
22 November 2003 | by See all my reviews

I disagree with all of the critics. I always felt that this was the best Christmas movie ever made. Albert Finney is an incredible actor and he brings the character of Scrooge to life more than any other actor has. I personally never liked the Alistir Sims portrayal. Like some of the other comments, my family has a yearly tradition of saving this Christmas movie for the last one of the season to really get us in the Christmas spirit.


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