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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 Dickens of a Good Time 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
 
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)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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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)

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Trivia:
Although the music was composed by Leslie Bricusse and nominated for two Academy Awards, Bricusse could not write music. He would dictate lyrics and melody to music supervisor Ian Fraser who would transcribe and arrange them for Scrooge's score. Bricusse did so on many other movies to much acclaim.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: 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:What business brings you here?
Ghost of Christmas Past:Your welfare.
Ebenezer Scrooge:[scoffs] To be wakened by a ghost at one o'clock in the morning is hardly conducive to my welfare!
Ghost of Christmas Past:Your redemption, then.
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Movie Connections:
Version of Scrooge (1923)See more »
Soundtrack:
A Christmas Carol (reprise)See more »

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28 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
A Dickens of a Good Time, 27 December 2004

There have been so many versions of this literary masterpiece filmed that it is high praise indeed from me when I say this is easily my favourite version and one of the best. Albert Finney gives a tour-de-force performance as Ebeneezer Scrooge. He is barely middle-age when making the film yet gives one of the best cranky, curmudgeonly old man performances seen in film. Finney gives such life to lines that have become tainted by overuse over the years. All the performers do excellent jobs with some old English stalwarts lending a hand. Dame Edith Evans plays one of the most charming and pithy Ghosts of Christmas Pasts I have seen. Kenneth More, an under-appreciated actor, adds so much life as the Ghost of Christmas Present. And let's not forget Alec Guinness as the Ghost of Jacob Marley. In some moments he is a clown and others a very scary spirit. The scene where Scrooge sees his fate as being a co-worker of Marley's in Hell is one of the most innovative plot additions I have seen to this classic, timeless tale. Guinness hams it up; watch how he walks with those chains all over him. The actors playing Cratchit, Tiny Tim, Nephew Fred, Mr. Fezziwig, and so on are all very believable and give genuine performances. I love the music. I know some people are not musical people, but each song is catchy and some like "I Hate People," "I Like Life," "December the 25th," and the best "Thank You Very Much" will possibly remain in your head days after having seen the film. Because of its status as a tale of redemption and forgiveness and the possibility each of us have in changing our lives, A Christmas Carol(Scrooge) gets little recognition for being one of the greatest ghost stories ever written. I cannot say enough good about this film. What more can you ask for than good, solid acting, mellifluous tunes, authentic Victorian settings, and one heck of a good ghost story with a moral that each of us can relate to. If you don't like musicals, you will be put off by people combusting into song. As for me, Scrooge is the one version that my family and I make a point of seeing every holiday season. It just isn't Christmas here without it!

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