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An American Christmas Carol (1979)

In an American town, an old bitter miser is given a ghostly chance at redemption on Christmas Eve.

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Credited cast:
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Benedict Slade
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Matt Reeves
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Merrivale
Chris Wiggins ...
Mr. Brewster
Cec Linder ...
Auctioneer
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Thatcher
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Jack Latham (as Kenneth Pogue)
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Jessup
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Helen Brewster
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Choir Leader
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Orphan
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Orphan
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Tim
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
William Ballantyne ...
Minister
Tammy Bourne ...
Sarah Thatcher
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Storyline

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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Henry Winkler is Scrooge See more »

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16 December 1979 (USA)  »

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Canto di Natale  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Helen announces that the war bond drive is just short of its $25,000 goal, but this amount was far too high. It would be the equivalent of raising $300,000 today. See more »

Quotes

Ghost of Christmas Present: If? That word can be found on dry river beds and trails overgrown by weeds. What's more important are the paths we follow now...
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Version of The Right to Be Happy (1916) See more »

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Henry Winkler Triumphs In An American Christmas Carol !
24 November 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'm going to start of by saying that the "Fonz" from Happy Days is my all-time favorite TV character from my all-time favorite show. I'll also put out there that i got to meet Henry Winkler in person a few years back. That being said i remember fondly back in 1979 watching An American Christmas when it premiered on TV. Henry Winkler was at the height of his popularity then and i couldn't wait to see him in a new Christmas movie around the holiday season. Myself being all of 12 years old at the time i loved Henry Winkler in his "Scrooge" type role and the depression era setting. As others have stated the story has been changed slightly for an American setting and the ending a little differently done. But for me those are strong points that separate this version from other versions. That's why it's called "An American Christmas Carol" and not just "A Christmas Carol" because of it's American spin on things. For those looking it's been released on Blu Ray and DVD and you can probably find it online or locally for a pretty reasonable price. For fans or someone looking for something new they haven't seen give "An American Christmas Carol" a shot. This reviewer gives two thumbs up for "The Fonz" and if you don't agree you can "Sit On It" ! (Just some Happy Days humor for you.....Happy Holidays !)


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