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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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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 (as William Bermender)
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Orphan
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Tim
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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

Benedict Slade: [seeing an overgrown gravesite] Wait, wait. There is something about this place. Something draws me right to it. The monument looks fairly new, and yet, neglected.
Ghost of Christmas Future: No one visits that grave.
Benedict Slade: Not ever?
Ghost of Christmas Future: Not ever.
Benedict Slade: To lie in a grave, un-loved and un-remembered, is as if the life was never lived.
Ghost of Christmas Future: That is the only... real death.
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Version of Ponds Theater: A Christmas Carol (1953) See more »

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Silent Night
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Written by Franz Gruber (as Franz Xaver Gruber) and Joseph Mohr
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Should be on the air
15 December 2002 | by (Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

When asked recently what my favourite version of A Christmas Carol was, I had to respond with this movie. Henry Winkler provides a character in this adaptation that is the most believable amongst other perennial favorites in the role of Scrooge (Mr. Slate in this case).

It has been a while since I have seen the film and I am disappointed not to find it on TV again this year. I could use the refreshing view this film provided to the tired Allister Sims or Gorge C. Scott versions.


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