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Director:
Writers:
Charles Dickens (based on "A Christmas Carol" by)
Leslie Bricusse (screenplay)
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Release Date:
5 November 1970 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
What the DICKENS have they done to Scrooge? See more »
Plot:
A musical retelling of Charles Dickens' classic Christmas tale. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 1 win & 6 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
(18 articles)
User Reviews:
A christmas classic, and one of Finney's finest hours... See more (137 total) »

Cast

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Albert Finney ... Ebenezer Scrooge

Edith Evans ... Ghost of Christmas Past

Kenneth More ... Ghost of Christmas Present
Laurence Naismith ... Mr. Fezziwig
Michael Medwin ... Nephew Fred
David Collings ... Bob Cratchit
Anton Rodgers ... Tom Jenkins
Suzanne Neve ... Isabel Fezziwig
Frances Cuka ... Ethel Cratchit
Derek Francis ... 1st Gentleman of Charity

Gordon Jackson ... Tom - Friend of Harry's

Roy Kinnear ... 2nd Gentleman of Charity
Mary Peach ... Fred's Wife
Paddy Stone ... Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come
Kay Walsh ... Mrs. Fezziwig
Geoffrey Bayldon ... Pringle - Toyshop Owner
Helena Gloag ... 2nd Woman Debtor
Reg Lever ... Punch and Judy Man
Keith Marsh ... Well Wisher (as Keith March)
Marianne Stone ... Party Guest
Molly Weir ... 1st Woman Debtor
Richard Beaumont ... Tiny Tim
Philip DaCosta ... Child (as Philip da Costa)
Raymond Hoskins ... Child
Gaynor Hodgson ... Child
Nicholas Locise ... Goose Boy
Peter Lock ... Urchin
Joy Leigh ... Child
Sara Gibson ... Child
Clive Moss ... Urchin
John O'Brien ... Child
David Peacock ... Child
Michael Reardon ... Child
Karen Scargill ... Kathy Cratchit
Terry Winter ... Child
Stephen Garlick ... Child (as Steven Garlick)

Alec Guinness ... Jacob Marley's Ghost
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Graham Armitage ... Party Guest (uncredited)
James Cossins ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Chris Kelly ... Urchin (uncredited)

John Owens ... (uncredited)
Kenneth Waller ... Party Guest (uncredited)
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Directed by
Ronald Neame 
 
Writing credits
Charles Dickens (based on "A Christmas Carol" by)

Leslie Bricusse (screenplay)

Produced by
Leslie Bricusse .... executive producer
David W. Orton .... associate producer
Robert H. Solo .... producer
 
Original Music by
Leslie Bricusse 
 
Cinematography by
Oswald Morris (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Peter Weatherley 
 
Production Design by
Terence Marsh  (as Terry Marsh)
 
Art Direction by
Robert Cartwright  (as Bob Cartwright)
 
Costume Design by
Margaret Furse 
 
Makeup Department
George Frost .... chief makeup artist
Bobbie Smith .... chief hair stylist
Hugh Richards .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Ed Harper .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Roger Simons .... second assistant director
Ted Sturgis .... assistant director
Gary White .... third assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Pamela Cornell .... set dresser
Stuart Craig .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Tom Jung .... poster designer (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
John Cox .... sound supervisor
Bob Jones .... dubbing mixer
Jock May .... sound mixer
Jim Shields .... dubbing editor (as James Shields)
 
Special Effects by
Jack Mills .... special effects cameraman
Wally Veevers .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Gerald Larn .... matte painter (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Martin Grace .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jimmy Turrell .... camera operator (as Jim Turrell)
Maurice Gillett .... gaffer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ivy Baker .... wardrobe supervisor
 
Music Department
Leslie Bricusse .... lyricist
Ian Fraser .... conductor
Ian Fraser .... music supervisor
Robert Hathaway .... associate music editor (as Bob Hathaway)
Ken Runyon .... music editor
Herbert W. Spencer .... original score
Herbert W. Spencer .... original song
Paddy Stone .... stager: musical sequences
Ray Holder .... music arranger (uncredited)
Gordon Langford .... orchestrator (uncredited)
David Lindup .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Elaine Schreyeck .... continuity
Ronald Searle .... titles designed by
Geoff Freeman .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Elaine Schreyeck .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
113 min | UK:120 min
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Color:
Color (colour) (Technicolor) (as Technicolor ®)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Mono (35 mm prints)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Canada:G (Manitoba) | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:K-8 | Iceland:L | Netherlands:AL (orginal rating) | Peru:PT | Singapore:PG | Sweden:Btl | UK:U | USA:G (Approved No. 22509)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Richard Harris rejected the role of Scrooge. 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. (He was a business associate of Michael Medwin, the co-writer who played his nephew in the film.)See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: When young Ebenezer and Isabelle are on the horse-drawn carriage in the countryside (shortly after the Fezziwig ball), there is a white car crawling its way along a country lane in the far background, midway between the centre and right-hand side of the screen.See more »
Quotes:
the Ghost of Jacob Marley:You will be visited by three ghosts.
Ebenezer Scrooge:I... I think I'd rather not.
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Movie Connections:
Version of A Christmas Carol (1982/II) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Father Christmas / Thank You Very Much (reprise)See more »

FAQ

What was wrong with Tiny Tim?
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18 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
A christmas classic, and one of Finney's finest hours..., 6 November 2003
Author: Alfie Elkins from Kitimat, Canada

This film is an underrated classic family musical. In the spirit and tradition of Oliver! and My Fair Lady, with an energetic memorable score and an eclectic cast all on top form. Sir Alec Guinness, Dame Edith Evans and the wonderful Kenneth Moore support magnificently. Moore in one of the last roles before his untimely death, clearly enjoying hamming it up as the ghost of Christmas present carrying the miserable scrooge along for the ride of his life whilst singing `I like life!' is a joy to see.

But Finney's performance is the standout. At a time when he was making films like Charlie Bubbles and Gumshoe, and with a reputation of being one of Britain's foremost angry young men this role was as unexpected as it was wonderful.

As a side note I was lucky enough to be able to see Anthony Newley as the miser in Bricusse's early nineties theatrical revival, and although good was no where near as cutting or humorous as Finney.

A must see at Christmas time, you too will be singing `I like life' and `thank you very much' for days afterwards!

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