6.8/10
842
27 user 9 critic

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.

Director:

Writers:

(story "A Christmas Carol"), (screenplay)
Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

A Christmas Carol (TV Movie 1999)
Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

An old bitter miser who makes excuses for his uncaring nature learns real compassion when three ghosts visit him on Christmas Eve.

Director: David Hugh Jones
Stars: Patrick Stewart, Richard E. Grant, Joel Grey
Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

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

Director: Brian Desmond Hurst
Stars: Alastair Sim, Jack Warner, Kathleen Harrison
A Christmas Carol (TV Movie 1977)
Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Miser Ebenezer Scrooge hates Christmas, but then gets a visit from his companion Jacob Marley, who has been dead for seven years. He urges Scrooge to change his life.

Director: Moira Armstrong
Stars: Michael Hordern, John Le Mesurier, Bernard Lee
Christmas Carol (TV Movie 1978)
Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

In this one-man show starring Rich Little, Ebeneezer Scrooge (played by Rich as W.C. Fields) hates Christmas, and it's up to the Ghosts of Christmas Past (played by Rich as Humphrey Bogart)... See full summary »

Director: Trevor Evans
Stars: Rich Little
A Christmas Carol (Video 1997)
Animation | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Misanthropic miser Ebenezer Scrooge is haunted by his deceased business partner, Jacob Marley. Marley's ghost is followed by three more spirits from Christmases Past, Present and Future. Each has a lesson Scrooge must learn.

Director: Stan Phillips
Stars: Tim Curry, Whoopi Goldberg, Michael York
Drama | Fantasy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

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

Director: Arthur Allan Seidelman
Stars: Kelsey Grammer, Jesse L. Martin, Jane Krakowski
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Benedict Slade
...
Merrivale
Chris Wiggins ...
Mr. Nathaniel Brewster
...
...
Jack Latham (as Kenneth Pogue)
...
Jessup
...
Helen Brewster
...
Orphan (as William Bermender)
...
Matt Reeves
Tammy Bourne ...
Sarah Thatcher
...
Orphan
...
Tim
Chris Cragg ...
Jonathan Thatcher
James B. Douglas ...
Sam Perkins
Arlene Duncan ...
Jennie Reeves
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Henry Winkler is Scrooge See more »

Genres:

Drama | Fantasy

Certificate:

Not Rated
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

16 December 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Canto di Natale  »

Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Goofs

In one repossession scene they collect a grandfather clock. But in the previous scene when Slade arrives at the bookstore to repossess items the grandfather clock is already on the truck. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Brewster: When the day of quality ends in this country, we'll all be in great trouble indeed.
See more »

Connections

Version of Fireside Theatre: A Christmas Carol (1951) See more »

Soundtracks

Deck the Halls
(uncredited)
Traditional
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Deserves Full Praise As A Worthy Addition.
14 April 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

While I love almost all of the "Christmas Carol" films, this one really has a special place in my heart. I saw this movie many years back when I was not really a fan of Christmas movies and never went out of my way to watch them. This film changed that. I enjoyed it so much that I now eagerly await every December as a time once again to enjoy some of the classic holiday shows from times past. "An American Christmas Carol" is easily one of my favorites. And, as a previous reviewer felt, the ending of the Winkler version may be the best of all of the versions, although I still love the Alistair Sims ending (standing on his head!) Excellent film. And it deserves a place in the "Christmas Film Hall Of Fame".


9 of 11 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?