An old bitter miser is given a chance for redemption when he is haunted by ghosts on Christmas Eve.



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Cast overview:
Narrator (voice)
Marley's Ghost (voice)
Joan Sims ...
Mrs. Cratchit (voice)
Paul Whitsun-Jones ...
Ragpicker / Fezziwig (voice)
David Tate ...
Scrooge's Nephew / Charity Man (voice)
Felix Felton ...
Annie West ...
Melvyn Hayes ...
Bob Cratchit (voice)
Mary Ellen Ray ...
Mrs. Dilber (voice)


An old bitter miser is given a chance for redemption when he is haunted by ghosts on Christmas Eve.

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21 December 1971 (USA)  »

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Cuento de Navidad  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The only film version of "A Christmas Carol" to win an Oscar. See more »


Marley's Ghost says the third spirit will come "when the last stroke of twelve has ceased to vibrate." However, he actually appears on the FIRST stroke of twelve. See more »


Version of Christmas Present (1985) See more »

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An inadequate introduction...but a fine production
18 December 2012 | by (London, england) – See all my reviews

Before watching this production of Dickens's classic story, I was of the opinion that it would not be possible to successfully condense A Christmas Carol into a runtime of less than 45 minutes. After watching this, I'm perhaps still of this opinion...yet relatively satisfied by the efforts here.

A Christmas Carol 1971 manages to cover almost every major aspect of the novella (even the oft-forgotten "Want and Ignorance" sequence) but does so in breathless fashion so there's little time for elaboration of finer details. The biggest casualty is Scrooge's sister Fan, who does not merit a mention and his unhappy childhood is merely hinted at.

The major asset is having Sim reprise his Scrooge, although I found his performance perhaps a little inferior in comparison to his live-action one from twenty years earlier. His Scrooge here is lacking a little in the sharpness and, to no great surprise, seems older and perhaps more harmless.

I would not recommend this to newcomers to the story, but for those who need a (very) quick fix of Scrooge, it doesn't really put a foot wrong. In terms of animated versions, it's far superior to either the 2001 monstrosity or the overblown 2009 Disney effort. I just wish it was maybe 15 minutes longer so it could expand on some elements.

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