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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 2 wins & 6 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
(18 articles)
User Reviews:
A wonderful memorable adaptation - highly recommended! 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)

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)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
113 min | UK:120 min
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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:
Alec Guinness did not enjoy doing this movie. It required much more time than he expected, with the need of wires and a harness for his floating character. He suffered a double-hernia that required surgery to repair.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: After Scrooge wakes up to discover it is Christmas day, he slides down the banister in his home. The banister is very dusty and when he first jumps off, one can see a glimpse of the four inch wide like of dust/dirt down his night shirt. But the very next scene, he walks into the street in his nightshirt, and there is no line of dust/dirt down his front.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 Ebenezer (1998) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Thank You Very MuchSee more »

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44 out of 49 people found the following review useful.
A wonderful memorable adaptation - highly recommended!, 23 December 2004
Author: John from United Kingdom

Christmas films, like Christmas songs, are a hugely personal choice, and depend so much on childhood experience. But this is one film which does not lose it's charm, no matter how often I see it. The songs, sets and costumes are fantastic, the acting is inspired, and the musical scenes are beautifully choreographed. In fact, there is no other Christmas film, which has contributed so many songs to my Christmas repertoire! The fact that this version is an English production also helps considerably in the credibility department - the accents are authentic.

Aside from the scene in "hell", this film is admirably true to the spirit and content of Dicken's text, with some inevitable cuts which frankly, I didn't miss. More importantly, I have seen no other version which manages to combine the miserable qualities of Scrooge with the touches of wit and humour which Dickens so skillfully wrote with. Other versions of the film so often succeed at being dour, while failing to capture the joyous aspects of the story, and the humour Scrooge himself sometimes provides. Happily, this version Succeeds at both.

The 1951 version of the film, with Alastair Sim as Scrooge, is often touted as being the best. This may be where my age betrays me, but when I saw it recently, it left me feeling rather flat. Sim did a good job of appearing afraid of the ghosts, but where was his bitterness, skepticism and sarcastic wit? By contrast, Albert Finney's portrayal is a joy to watch - you cannot help but both love and hate the miserable old creature, which makes his transformation at the end all the more joyous.

Highlights...

The clever use of songs like "Father Christmas" and "Thank You Very Much" to convey very different sentiments at the end of the film than they do when first introduced in eaarlier scenes - marvelous!

Albert Finney, as the hilariously miserable Scrooge, singing "I hate People"

Alec Guinness as a truly original ghost of Jacob Marley - fantastic!

Kenneth More's Ghost of Christmas Present - what presence, what a costume!

Laurence Naismith as the exuberant Fezziwig - exactly as he should be, and a good dancer too!

Edith Evans (Elderly Ghost of Christmas Past), in response to Scrooge's "You don't look like a ghost", primly replying "Thank You!".

Mrs. Cratchhit's scream of shock when she realises who is delivering the enormous turkey to her door! I could watch it a hundred times!

...and too many others to mention. This movie was released on DVD this year - by all means see it!

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