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An American Christmas Carol (1979)

Not Rated | | Drama, Fantasy | TV Movie 16 December 1979
In an American town, an old bitter miser is given a ghostly chance at redemption on Christmas Eve.

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In Depression-era New England, a miserly businessman named Benedict Slade receives a long-overdue attitude adjustment one Christmas eve when he is visited by three ghostly figures who resemble three of the people whose possessions Slade had seized to collect on unpaid loans. Assuming the roles of the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future from Charles Dickens' classic story, the three apparitions force Slade to face the consequences of his skinflint ways, and he becomes a caring, generous, amiable man. Written by Kevin McCorry <mmccorry@nb.sympatico.ca>

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Charles Dicken's Victorian London becomes America's great Depression in this exciting new film See more »

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Drama | Fantasy

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Not Rated
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16 December 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Canto di Natale  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)
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1.33 : 1
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Goofs

When the lights go out in the warehouse, Slade switches the circuit breaker several times and leaves in the off position. When power is restored later, the lights come back on even with the switch in the off position. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Brewster: When the day of quality ends in this country, we'll all be in great trouble indeed.
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Version of Ponds Theater: A Christmas Carol (1953) See more »

Soundtracks

O Come, All Ye Faithful
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Latin lyrics written by John Francis Wade, English lyrics by Frederick Oakeley and music by John Reading
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NOT A BAD VERSION
23 December 2000 | by See all my reviews

I haven't seen it in about 15 years, but I really did like this version of A Christmas Carol. Yeah, it deviated a bit from the original story, but... so what? I could relate to it more.

Seems like ABC would have this one to broadcast annually, but I guess they tossed it when the Fonzie furor was over. Actually, I'm not sure if he was best cast as the American Scrooge, but that didn't take away from the story.

Call me delusional, but I consider it an unappreciated holiday classic.


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